Andrei Gavrilov is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.
It’s pretty tough playing your professional hockey in Russia, none more so than for poor Andrei Gavrilov, a free agent on a one-year contract. So as you can imagine, a poor dude like Andrei can’t really afford to be ballsing up like that. You just have to keep your nose clean if you’re a lowly goalie who joins a team like Salavat Yulaev.
The top 10 stars in the KHL can earn between $1.5 and $5.5 million dollars per year, a pittance compared with the NHL – where the top 10 have annual contracts that range between $14 and $9 million.
Guys like Andrei are scratching to make a living, plus they’re in the middle-of-nowhere Russia, a place where the thermometer doesn’t rise about 20 (°F) for five months of the year. No thanks.
Goalies are forced to learn a valuable lessons from time to time.