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Behind the Iron Curtain: Tears in the Perfect Hockey "GULAG"
The book is about Maxim Starchenko’s experience on Druzhba-78 between 1986 and 1996. The story graphically describes the cruelty and inhumanity of the team’s only coach, Ivan Pravilov. He abused and constantly reprimanded his players for his own entertainment and personal satisfaction. The book describes the author’s constant struggle for survival and eventual road to reco ...more
Paperback, 1st, 159 pages
Published December 12th 2011 by RoseDog Books
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This book details the life of a boy on the Druzhba-78 Hockey team from the Ukraine. The coach used every abuse tactic in the book to "motivate" the boys. He, the coach, was a monster that shouldn't have been allowed around children. But for some reason the author endured eleven years of his abuse before he was able to get away from him to go to college. His parents weren't aware of the problem and forced him to stay with the team. The author wrote this book to reveal what type of coach is still ...more
I was totally disgusted that someone could treat people the way the coach treated his players. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse the coach would do something that is worse than what was done before. I can't even imagine what it was like to be treated like these boys were treated. I will never understand how the parents didn't do anything to stop it or even look into what was going on. I was shocked that he would go home after some of the incidents and him mom would by his story about ...more
Kudo's to Maxim Starchenko for setting the record straight in what the boys of 'Druzhba-78' endured from their hockey coach. The Druzhba-99 team was in my area and our boys played against them. I was amazed at their skating ability for such young athletes. This led me to research the team and I cam across this book at that same time the coach was arrested. Wow! The book could not have come at a better time. I won't spoil it for you. This book is not for people with weak stomachs but what happene ...more