Girou Alexander - Canadian hockey striker, who played for the Riga "Dynamo"
Hockey fans and especially Canadian boystry to take an example from their idol Wayne Gretzky, while forgetting that such a hockey player, according to experts, is born once in a thousand years. Although the hockey clubs of the NHL are filled with talented youth, but not all are developing smoothly. And more often hockey biography has the appearance of a thorny bumpy road than a wide rolled road. And Alexander Zhiru is a vivid example of this. Not unskilled hockey talent athlete and could not find himself in any of the NHL teams, the game in which he dreamed since childhood. In the end, he leaves North America and is sent to work in Europe. Let's see what ended such a voyage of the Canadian striker.
Zhiru Alexander: the way to professionals
The future sportsman was born in the distant 1981 and,like all the boys of that time, dreamed of playing for the "Montreal Canadiens". Probably, this is the kind of career that his parents planned for their child. And as an ordinary Canadian boy, Giro Alexander makes his first steps in youth hockey. Begins his performances for "Hall Olympics" in the main junior hockey league of Quebec. Alexander Giroux, a hockey player who turns seventeen, spends 67 games in a season and scores fifteen goals. It seemed like a good reason to attract attention. But no. In the next season, he spends five more matches and scores 52 goals, a good reason to be noticed, but that's not it. The next season he holds in the same league with no less success, but receives an invitation only to one of the adult teams of the American hockey league.
He will need to spend another long five seasonsin the AHL, having played an average of seventy matches per season and scoring about one hundred and twenty washers, so that already at a solid hockey age the athlete was invited to the NHL hockey.
Relationship between attacker and NHL
The relationship between the hockey player and the Nationalhockey league did not work out. The first NHL club, with which Giro Alexander signed a contract, is the New York Rangers. The player spends only one match for the team and is sent back to the AHL again. In this league, Alexander spends a magical season, playing 67 games and tying seventy points for 42 goals scored and 28 assists. Now he is noticed by the Washington Capitals. But also in it the hockey player conducts only nine matches with two goals scored and again for two seasons returns to the AHL, through this time, the "Capitals" will return the hockey player to the team, but that season will be unsuccessful - only 12 matches and one washer, then the AHL and the last coming to "Washington" and again with the same success. There will be two more clubs in which Girou Alexander will try his luck, but the result, unfortunately, is the same.
AHL - home of the hockey player
And in the AHL hockey player won almost allawards that can be obtained in this league. But to gain a foothold in at least one of the clubs of the NHL, he did not succeed. If you look at the player's statistics, then in this league he twice became the owner and once the finalist of the Calder Cup. Three times he was a participant of the matches of all the stars of the AHL and received many more prizes. In 2009, recognized as the most valuable player in the AHL, and next year the best scorer of the league. In 2012, the patience of the hockey player bursts, and he realizes that his childhood dream will not come to pass, and by that time he has already exceeded thirty, he is leaving to work overseas.
Riga "Dynamo" - the first step in the KHL
The first team with which Girou Alexandercollided in the post-Soviet space, was the team of the Riga "Dynamo". It takes one season to get to know the league. The striker spends almost fifty matches and scores sixteen goals in five games. What happened next, you can only guess. Girou Alexander, whose hockey did not come to court in Riga (or the athlete considered that in the KHL very intense pace for a thirty-year-old hockey player), not finishing the season, goes to Switzerland.
Playing in the Swiss hockey league as a variant of earnings
The hockey player's acquaintance with the Swiss League lastsalso exactly the season. If we talk about this season, then it is clearly ambiguous. The hockey player stands for two Swiss clubs, in the beginning for the "Clotten Flyers" spends only four matches, scoring three goals, but at the same time he sits on the penalty box for twenty-five minutes. Either the Swiss decided to repeat the words of the famous commentator Nikolai Ozerov that we do not need such hockey, or on the basis of some other considerations, but the hockey player was transferred to another Swiss club, Ambri-Piotta. In this club the sportsman will finish the whole season, and he will end his acquaintance with the Swiss hockey league. Most likely, Swiss hockey as a way of making money is not so bad, but it obviously does not go to any comparison with such sports as hockey NHL or hockey KHL. Therefore, the athlete, having served in this league one season, returns to the KHL.
Return to the KHL and plans for the future
Club, which was chosen by Alexander Zhiru, - Zagreb"Medvezhchak." Of course, this year the hockey player will be full thirty-six years old. At this age it's pretty hard to play hockey, especially at the position of the attacker. There are many players who played longer, but they were mostly goalkeepers or defenders. In such an advanced hockey age to ride around the site with young hockey players, you need a lot of health. Will it be enough for Alexander Giraud - time will tell, while his team did not get into the playoffs. Nevertheless, the striker was able to register eighteen times at the gate of opponents.