From his Q & A with HF's man in Russia: I grew up playing soccer and hockey, and I left hockey as I had to choose in my mid-teens (I was quite a good soccer player, not nearly good enough to go pro or even think about going pro in hockey). This left me with friends in hockey and soccer, and the main difference between a soccer player and a hockey player (outside of guts) is that hockey players are some of the most supersticious people in the world. Native Americans have nothing on these guys. Maybe he shoulda been a goalie though? I hear Ron Hextall holds the world record for supersticions. Then again, goalies are .. well.. just different. My teams' goaltender way back when I played roller hockey used to rap his goal stick on the boards times (not 8, nor 10) behind the net before every period.