Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk learned the value of discipline while playing in Russia's world championship-winning ice hockey team, he said Monday.
Coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov's team trounced Slovakia 6-2 in Sunday's final to win the title, helped by a goal from Datsyuk, who finished the tournament with three goals and four assists in 10 games.
"This work gave me a lot of things. A gold medal, discipline, the ability to pay more attention to details, teamwork," the two-time Stanley Cup winner for Detroit said.
At the tournament Detroit star played both in the second line with Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, and in the third line with 19-year-old prodigy Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I was pleased to play with all of my partners, but I don't know whether they were pleased though. Maybe some of them had to suffer me a little bit," Datsyuk joked.
Datsyuk, 33, was drafted by the Red Wings at 171st overall in 1998, and Detroit remains his only NHL team to date. He has represented Russia at the last three Winter Olympics and was part of the team that won bronze in Salt Lake City in 2002.