Shocking Allegations Unveiled by Ex-Boston Bruins Player Regarding Former NHL Player

Published December 12, 2023 at 10:09

Sergei Kostitsyn's tenure with the Montreal Canadiens was fraught with controversy and disruptions, both on and off the rink, throughout his period from 2007 to 2010. Notably associated with a figure linked to organized crime in Montreal in 2009, Kostitsyn's standing as a colleague also suffered.

Former Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill, while speaking on The Spittin Chiclets podcast, was direct in his criticism of Kostitsyn, labeling him as an "awful individual in Montreal" and a "poor teammate." Gill expressed his relief when Kostitsyn was traded to Nashville in 2010.

Nevertheless, an unforeseen twist occurred when Gill, himself traded to the Predators less than two years later, discovered a changed Kostitsyn upon their reunion. The once problematic teammate had transformed into someone affable and committed to his craft.

"He comes up to me: Hello! How are you? How are you doing?"

Gill remembered. Intrigued by the significant shift, Gill sought explanations from Predators' head coach Barry Trotz, uncovering that Trotz had dedicated time and energy to establish a connection with Kostitsyn.

Trotz regularly engaged in morning cereal gatherings with Kostitsyn, nurturing a bond that became crucial. As a result, Kostitsyn displayed his most exceptional performances in the NHL throughout his stint in Nashville, achieving seasons of 50 and 43 points between 2010 and 2012.

Though Kostitsyn's time with the Canadiens might be associated with negative aspects, his remarkable evolution in Nashville emphasizes how mentorship and a supportive team setting can profoundly influence a player's career trajectory.

Source: Bruinsinsider
December 12   |   94 answers
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