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Burscheid is 19 miles (24 mins) away from Cologne
By Von Jürgen Heimann, Westdeutsche Zeitung, May 6, 2011, "Top Russian hockey player has a guard dog from Burscheid"
The Roscheck family, a dog breeder from Burscheid, has been trying for months to contact the NHL star who doesn't have the papers for his pet yet.
When Hannelies Roscheck opened the sports section of the Bergischen Volksboten on Wednesday [Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Capitals - Lightning, game 4 -tj], she found a new chance to reach for the Russian hockey superstar Alexander Ovechkin through our IIHF World Championship correspondent in Bratislava. Within half an hour the editorial department in Burscheid was in contact with their reporter in Slovakia, but to no avail; Ovechkin indeed was a member of Russian national team, but 25-year-old was still in US playing for NHL's Washington Capitals [in playoffs].
In no case Hannelies Roscheck is a crazy hockey fan who wants an autograph sign at any cost. It was rather about signing the papers for German shepherd called "Qualle" [German for "Jelly Fish"]. She was born with six other puppies on January 1st, 2010, in Burscheid, which was witnessed by Margit van Kölnerin Dorssen, "the world-renowned breeder," said Hannelies Roscheck.
Super athlete Ovechkin learned about her when he played at the IIHF World Cup for the Russians at the Lanxess Arena [May 2010]. But first time visiting her in Cologne he didn't find the dog he was looking for. Everything changed when van Dorssen brought Qualle to the cathedral city [Cologne].
Roscheck remembered how Qualle rummaged through the belongings of the Russians right away and found a pack of cigarettes. That impressed the new owner. "She is searching for drugs," said the athlete and bought the dog. "He said, he wanted her to guard his property in Russia".
The interpreter and Ovechkin's friends are said to have asked for the dog's papers right away, but to transfer the papers to new owner in the books of the "German Shepherds association" in Augsburg takes some time. And up to today Hannelies Roscheck does not have the superstar's address, which is necessary to mail the papers.
Inquiries to the Washington Capitals and the interpreter remained unanswered so far. According to the rules he owns the dog only after he receives the papers. Qualle, who was given a new name on a day she was bought, still is a "Burscheiderin" [inhabitant of Burscheid] in the documents.
Many thanks to our reader Anja for the link and translation.
Ovechkin returns to Moscow with a new friend
Ovechkin puts his dog Ghera into the car and says, "Papa, drive home then..."
May 24, 2010. Ghera is almost 5 months old.
Ovi goes to France soon with Ilya Nikulin. Hopefully we'll see some photos from Paris on twitter.
And congratulations to our field reporter Emily. She's got a promotion at Japer's Rink.
Finally, on an administrative note, I'd like to note that we've moved Emily up the masthead to Associate Editor - a long overdue acknowledgement of the tireless effort and fantastic product she puts out while on Clips duty and elsewhere. Kudos, Em.
She is now in the higher levels of blogosphere, but she started it right here, on this blog first. I don't even know how many posts we have here that end with famous catch phrase:
"Reporting live, this is Emily"We all wish Emily the best and hope that she will continue to work here as a freelance reporter, to paraphrase it, there's no place like where you've started.