In addition to being an expert on Russian hockey, Alessandro Seren Rosso of RussianProspects.com also covers hockey for the Italian hockey web site Hockeytime.net. He offered the following translation of a short interview with Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto that was done by one of his collegues at the World Championship in Germany.
As Rangers fans are well aware, young defenseman Michael Del Zotto played for Team Canada at the World Championship in Germany. The Toronto, Ontario native skated in five games without getting on the score sheet. Hockeytime.net, an Italian hockey website, had a brief interview with the promising blueliner through journalist Fiorenza Zanchin.
Beyond the Blueshirts and Alessandro Seren Rosso offer you a translation:
Q: Hello Michael. Your surname does sound Italian…
Del Zotto: “Yeah, my father comes from Friuli (an Italian region in the North Eastern Italy that borders with Slovenia and Austria), while my mother is from Calabria (a southern region), but I don’t speak Italian… I can understand the language, but it’s always been a problem for me.”
Q: When did you start playing hockey?
Del Zotto: “I learned to skate when I was three and I’ve play hockey since I was four.”
Q: Why did you pick hockey among all sports?
Del Zotto: “My father introduced me to hockey, my brother was playing too. I didn’t enjoy playing football much and thus I preferred keep playing hockey.”
Q: What does hockey give to you? Satisfaction, celebrity, richness?
Del Zotto: “None of this, I love playing. I enjoy hockey a lot, and of course you can earn well being a hockey player.”
Q: Why do you wear number 4 both in the NHL and with the national team?
Del Zotto: “I’ve picked up this number because I am a big Bobby Orr fan. I grew up with the Orr myth as my father was a fan of his too.”
Q: What do you think about Italian hockey after you faced Azzurri in the tournament’s first game?
Del Zotto: “It was not an easy game and Italy looked to me like a not bad team.”
Q: Did your relatives watch you on TV?
Del Zotto: “My grandfathers watched the game at home and I was excited as they were following me from Italy.”
Q: What’s your favorite NHL team, counting the Rangers out?
Del Zotto: “As I grow up in Toronto, I was a Maple Leafs fan, but many things changed now.”
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