The Two Loves
Forward Alexander Kulakov is known as the king of the corners. No one can, so skillfully, take the puck into a corner, around the opposition and give a pass to his teammate as Alexander does. He is an excellent hockey player, a good friend, and a joy to be around and can celebrate life. He knows how to balance his two loves: hockey and family.
We met Alexander just before the final game between Yunost and the Finns in the play-off of the League of Champions. His sense of duty and obligation caught us off guard – he is a true athlete. At the same time, he had a lighthearted tone and easy-going personality to the point of disbelief. It was hard to believe we were speaking with a celebrity, a well-known hockey player, a two-time champion of the Republic of Belarus Hockey Cup and the winner of the Spengler Cup. He has been through 14 seasons with Dinamo-Minsk, which is the club’s record and 10 seasons in the Continental Hockey League (CHL). He started his career with Yunost, he played with many clubs throughout his career and is now back with on his home team. He is the only active hockey player that has been entered into the wall of fame of the Dinamo-Minsk Hockey Club. He is recognized on the streets, people ask for his autograph, he is a public figure. But he is indifferent to publicity and doesn’t like giving interviews.
“I know that people are always more interested in the negative than the positive. My family does not need to be a part of the rumours. So, I try to stay low and not give in to the media,” – explains the athlete.