Ruslan Fedotenko Rules

Not a lot of people have been mentioning Tenk’s previous SCF Game 7. You know, when he scored both goals in a 2-1 Cup-winning game for the Lightning over the Flames? So I can’t wait to see if he can duplicate that feat tonight.

What IS cool is this story, sent to me by Kristin, of Tenk hanging out with his stepsons prior to leaving for Detroit and the last game of the season. His wife Debbie, pictured here with him and some sweet dogs, has three sons, one of which is older than Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, etc., etc., etc.

The two younger ones had a USHL tryout, and Tenk wanted to be there with them. Nice way to take your mind off the stress involved with the looming task.

He accompanied his stepsons to a Youngstown Phantoms’ tryout before leaving for Detroit and Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Young hockey hopefuls trying out for the Youngstown Phantoms this week got a special treat on Wednesday — a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins was at the Ice Zone as his stepsons took part in the tryouts.

Ruslan Fedotenko, who plays on the same line with Penguins’ star and fellow Russian-native Evgeni Malkin, was able to take in Wednesday’s practice before the team heads to Detroit for Friday night’s deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The Phantoms are a 16-20-year-old franchise in the United States Hockey League, which will play a 32-game home slate at the Covelli Centre starting in October.

“I want them to play in the USHL because it is a high quality league and they will learn a lot, and that is where I started with the Sioux City, Iowa, team of the USHL [in 1998-99],” said Fedotenko at the Ice Zone, where he and his wife, Debbie (Heelan) accompanied stepsons Larkin (18) and Derek (19) Jacobson.

Fedotenko, 30, who hails from Kiev, Ukraine, and is in his eighth NHL season and first with the Penguins, was greeted at the Ice Zone by Alex Zoldan, the new Phantoms’ president, and Brian Wojtowicz, head of team’s corporate sales department.

“It is great if you can have a Penguin visit the tryouts before the biggest game of his life and watching his stepsons try out for the team, “ said Zoldan.

Fedotenko said he and his wife have another stepson, Kyle (22), who played club hockey for the University of Iowa and just recently graduated.

Awesome.

I stole that top picture from this place. Here’s more, which are just unbelievably great.

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