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In Topic: Anyone Good At Reading Czech?

10 August 2003 - 10:17 AM

In the previous section, it should be ďt-shirt made by our Jitex PisekĒ instead of ďsuit.Ē

Last part:

LN: And how do hockey players deal with fans? (??) The NBA was jolted by the scandal with Kobe Bryant, who was accused of rape. NBA players even have bodyguards, who protect them from fansÖ
PE: (laughs) So far, I donít have a bodyguard. But you canít really compare the NBA and the NHL. Basketball players are bigger stars in America, often better paid. Beyond that, they also have slightly wilder natures. (?) But itís a fact that our playersí association is always having meetings, in which they advise us against troubles like this. (?)

LN: But you have reached the mediaís forefront not just because of your hockey craft. Not a year ago the magazine Quo ran a ďfashion storyĒ called ďFlightĒ (?) in which you posed with a (something) model on board an airplaneÖ
PE: I did that at the time out of curiosity. And some of those pictures came outÖ yeah, fairly drastic. (blushes) Maybe they were even very bold. I did it only as a gag, and by the end it was a grind. We photographed the whole day and staying in the same pose for half an hour is difficult.

LN: Did you enjoy being a model, since you like fashion so much?
PE: Itís not for me. If I ever flirted with the idea, now I donít. Itís enough to look in the mirror. (?) A person must have good judgment. And moreover, Iím really a shy guy. I wouldnít want to show myself in the mall. (?) As those photos attest (laughs). (?)

LN: So you wouldnít accept a role in a movie?
PE: I would be too bashful. Iíd rather stay in sports, in that which I understand.

LN: Are you unhappy being in the public eye?
PE: As long as itís purely about hockey, it doesnít matter to me. But Iím not happy to be quoted on everything. (?)

LN: During the summer you mainly play soccer. Is it close to your heart?
PE: Well, of course. From the age of seven to sixteen I played it competitively. American soccer, the guys always say, doesnít compare. (?) (laughs) Thatís one of the things that I miss in America. Soccer and old friends.

LN: Your summer vacation is pretty short this year. What did you catch up on, other than soccer?
PE: I make the rounds (seeing friends?) and I also was in Vidni twice for concerts. One was U2, and then for Robbie Williams. That was the best concert Iíve ever been to in my life. I adore that singer, thatís my thing. I almost always listen to his latest CD. Even in the (? Ė gym?).

LN: You seem like a successful, content, and rich young man. Above all, thatís thanks to hockey. But is there something, that you let get away? (That is, do you have any regrets?)
PE: I donít knowÖ (thinks for a long time) Probably nothing fundamental. But on the other hand, it meant that mainly from the age of fourteen through seventeen I had to give up various little pleasures. (Something about the career of a hockey player) The greater your sacrifice, the greater the return. For instance, I was a talented guy, but not necessarily that goodÖ (??)

LN: So you werenít a young prodigy like Jaromir Jagr?
PE: By no means. But with (something) and hard work Iíve caught up. Now I talk with one old friend from Trebic, who reminds me of things that Iíve forgotten. Like how once a whole group of us went to the pool in the summer and I (something) and went running up and down the stairs for an hour, so I would have very strong legs. Itís little things like that which often make a difference.

LN: Whatís the most important thing in the world for you? Hockey?
PE: Not that. Health, (something Ė homeland? not sure), my girlfriend. She is the most important thing in my life. I like her, sheís honest and sheís open with me. And I need that Ė someone who loves you even without the fact that youíre a famous hockey player. And when itís necessary, she knows how to yell at me pretty well. (laughs)

LN: Do you need to be yelled at sometimes?
PE: Of course I need it. Just like everyone. Every person can satisfy himself quickly. They just forget themselves and donít get anywhere. And later, they donít really know where the boundaries of their possibilities lie. And I want to find out.

- Lukas Tomasek


In Topic: Anyone Good At Reading Czech?

09 August 2003 - 10:01 PM

Part Four: Patty Talks Pancakes

LN: Talk about the transition between the Czech Republic and America. How big is the change for you when you go from New York to Trebic?
PE: The first fourteen days are a really big shock. (laughs) And I donít think like a stuffy person Ė itís just a huge shift. Itís that way any time a person returns to their old digs, but at the end of the summer, Iím sorry I have to leave.

LN: Last time you said that you could live in America indefinitely. Is New York already closer to you than the Czech Republic?
PE: Perhaps youíre right. I have more and more friends there, we go to golf and to dinner, we get to know the neighbors. Weíre beginning to belong there.

LN: In your opinion, whatís the biggest difference between Americans and Czechs?
PE: Maybe envy. Here people are awfully envious and later prove to be nefarious. If someone has money and a nice car here, heís called a (something) or a crook. In the US people treat you differently. To have money means that you must be good at something. And that you had to work hard, so that you earned it. But maybe itís also the fact that here, they write about us. Everywhere, they talk about how hockey players make a lot of money, but no one says that I pay 48% of it in taxes.

LN: Even so, you probably donít live too badlyÖ
PE: Of course. I donít want to complain, not in the least. Iím paid like a king. Thatís one of the main reasons why Czech hockey players play in the NHL. Each of them wants to be (financially) secure for the rest of his life.

LN: Were you at first literally spellbound by New York, where you live?
PE: Spellbound? Yes, letís say that one can live very well there. Itís the city where theyíll never (something Ė freeze?) you.

LN: How does a (something Ė typical?) day in New York look?
PE: Iím an awful sluggard, which Iím upbraided for. (?) I also often sit in front of the stupid television. But when Iíve already conquered that and have an active day, then I start with a good breakfast. I walk for a bit from my place to the Pancake House, where they make good pancakes. Out of wheat dough, with chocolate, with banana, with cream. Theyíre outstanding. To begin the day with such a breakfast isnít a mistake.

LN: And then what?
PE: Perhaps Iíll go browse through clothing stores. That entertains meÖ (?) As for evening in New York, one can have a great evening in ManhattanÖ (starts laughing). Here I always only talk about the food. But one can also go to the movies. New Yorkers often walk to the movies. Every week there are at least three big premieres, so thatís a part of the local culture. (?)

LN: You talked about fashion. Has that become your hobby?
PE: No doubt. I follow trends, buy fashion magazines. Perhaps even womenís (magazines). I think the clothes I end up buying are elegant. My girlfriend appreciates them, for the most part.

LN: The soccer player Pavel Nedved said that to arrive (something) to a playerís cabin(?) in clothing which wasnít made by a famous designer is a faux-pas. A player, as soon as he does this, will be laughed at by the rest. (?) Does this apply to the NHL as well?
PE: That depends on the club. For the teams from New York or Los Angeles itís different than for teams from smaller cities. Maybe our club has a cooperation with the clothing firm Hugo Boss, where 60% of the players shop. The rest of the boys (or beyond that, the boys) go to the store Canali. Those are also excellent suits.

LN: And if someone came to the Devilsí cabin in a suit made by our Jitex Pisek, would someone laugh?
PE: That I donít know. But no oneís tried it yet. (laughs)

LN: How many suits do you buy in the course of a season?
PE: Around ten or fifteen. This season there were less.

Almost done!

In Topic: Anyone Good At Reading Czech?

09 August 2003 - 05:32 PM

Part Three (sorry about the question I couldn't figure out):

LN: Has the large amount of money youíre making changed your life?
PE: A little bit. A person acquires a considerable security. All of a sudden you see that with hockey you can be secure for the rest of your life. And not just you, but also your family.

LN: Has it changed you personally? Your nature?
PE: I donít think about it. I had a perfectly good time even when I had less money. Iím not a cheapskate (?). I like to buy nice things and go on nice vacations. The only difference, really, is that now when I enjoy myself, I have money left over for bad times.

LN: Jaromir Jagr complained that his money was like a veritable magnet for people. And that later it was hard to relax for the person who arrives with a good idea but doesnítÖ
(I donít understand this question or answer. I think heís talking about how a lot of people in the Czech Republic envy him and his good fortune.)
PE: (Some other stuff) ÖPeople in the Czech Republic today donít have a lot of good, so they look for every opportunity to better their position.. ???

LN: Do you think that people in the Czech Republic arenít good? (not sure if Iím translating this right)
PE: Yes, they donít have a lot of prestige. If you ask me, from year to year the number of discontented ones increases. But for me, itís hard to relate (??) to that. I live in a different domain, a different world, a different land

LN: Do you receive letters with solicitations from people you donít know?
PE: A few. And I like to help, if it goes for instance to a charity affiliated with children. But I have to be sure that no one (something Ė absconds?) with the money.

LN: When we talk about charity Ė two years ago you arranged an exhibition game for your friend, paralyzed hockey player Tomas Zelenek. Are you in contact with him?
PE: I am, but not as close as Iíd like (?). And thatís my fault. Although, last time we saw each other for a couple of days (or a couple of days ago; not sure). I visited him in an institution for people with handicaps. They took good care of him there, and last time Tomas had learned how to drive a special modified car. At least some things are easier for him now.

LN: So heís made progress?
PE: Some, yes. But only from the doctor did I find out that most likely he wonít have any radical improvements. But in spite of everything, Tomas has already achieved much and looks on with a positive attitude.

In Topic: Anyone Good At Reading Czech?

09 August 2003 - 03:10 PM

Part Deux:

LN: Two years ago you scored 96 points in the NHL. Only Jagr and Sakic were better and you dreamt of (not sure exactly, something like ďhaving the torch passed to youĒ). (Not sure) The next two years you didnít have that kind of success. Was that anticlimactic/disappointing for you?
PE: It wasnít, because I know about everything I went through during those seasons. In order to achieve finishing near 100 points, you must not only be superbly fit, but also have the right teamates, luck, and health.

LN: So in light of that, did it motivate you or did you give up that dream? (???)
PE: In no way. It still holds. A person must have great aspirations. And I also know that I am useful for having scored those 100 points. (?) I know I have it in me.

LN: How important for you are points for your goals and assists? More or less than the teamís championship?
PE: That varies, depending on the situation.

LN: OK Ė suppose in a critical game you beat Dallas 8-0, but you donít score any points. Would you be content with that?
PE: Thatís the worst kind of game. The other team sends out their fourth-line goons to hit you and you canít do anything. Itís scary. (laughs)

LN: For a long time you were underpaid in the NHL, but his season you played under a high-paying contract. Did this hinder you a little?
PE: I did feel more pressure, but only from myself. The clubís management never gave me any trouble. They dealt with me just fine, but I aggonized myself. I wanted to play the best, score lots of goals, but from the start it didnít go that way. I was (?) and our manager noticed it. It was fabulous that he came to me and we talked about it.

LN: What did he tell you?
PE: Not to fret. (?) That Iíve earned my money 100%. That no matter what, I was working hard and playing my game. That encouraged me.

In Topic: Anyone Good At Reading Czech?

09 August 2003 - 01:38 PM

Hi, all. I posted once or twice on the old boards, but now I mainly lurk. Quite a boring summer we've been having, eh? Anyway, I've studied Czech and am working on translating this puppy. It'll take me a while, so if PK can get her friend to do it, I won't bother. Oh, and it's going to be very, very imperfect. Sorry! I've added question marks and comments in parentheses where I'm not sureaboutthe translation. Here's the first part:

Elias: Iím really a pretty timid boy.
He talks about himself, the hockey player who loves fashion, (canít understand this)Ö

Prague, August 5, 2003
Young, successful, and rich. But also a little timid and much too forthright. Thatís how the hockey player Patrik Elias is. This year, for the second time in his career, he won the exalted Stanley Cup, which he brought to Moravia over the weekend. But before that, he had a conversation with LN. In it, he talked about his love of New York, partiality to fashion, his salary in the millions and Czech envy and about his girlfriend, with whom he is rumored to sometimes need to fight/argue. In order to do so (talk about it, I assume), he had to be second to none in being much too contentÖ (??)

LN: This season ended with your praises being sung, even beyond Znojma and Trebic. On the other hand, for you this was also the hardest season in the NHLÖ
PE: I agree. Especially at the beginning. I learned many important things this season. I grew as a hockey player and as a person.

LN: Can you explain that further?
PE: The first thing that affected me was the departure of Petr Sykora for Anaheim. I didnít realize that it would affect my game so much. At first I always wanted to play the same hockey that Petr and I had produced. But we just didnít have another Sykora on the team. And by the time I realized that, it was Christmas. By that time I changed the style of my game, which benefitted me. (?) As a person, this season I learned to to better respect people and their views, even if they werenít the same as mine. Sometimes itís better to be flexible. To make an intelligent compromise.

LN: Do you now have thoughts about your problems with the coach? (?)
PE: Yes.

LN: And in this case (?) you didnít make a compromise?
PE: I couldnít make one with him. I was fortunate to have coaches, with whom (canít translate it exactly; something like ďwe saw eye to eye.Ē) But now all of a sudden came a person with whom I had a ton of unmatched opinions.

LN: Like what, for instance?
PE: First of all, I had a different idea about my role with the team. Before the season the management of the Devils implied that they wanted to place more responsibility/leadership on my shoulders. But at the start of the season I was only on the second or third power play formation (?). And in this weakened formation, I didnít achieve anything. It was hard to bear. I didnít know what to do. It was a crisis.

LN: How did you rise above it?
PE: (Something) my girlfriend. Sheís a very tough, but fair person with balanced views. She told me all that time, that no matter what, I should stop whining and therefore do soemthing. (?) That woke me up. (Canít translate this phrase ), because she is pretty direct. If I had listened to her about everything, my relationship with the coach would have already been beyond reclaim.(laughs)
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