And Datsyuk is -- or was -- among those at the monastery in Father Sergei's corner. The priest, a former policeman who in the 1990's was jailed for murder, is said to be Datsyuk's personal confessor.
"We know that the priest is waiting for me, we can confess to him, take communion, ask him spiritual questions of life, be blessed. With the blessing of the priest, many issues are resolved by themselves."
Datsyuk, 41, returned to Russia in 2016 and has spent the past four seasons in the KHL after a 14-year career with the Red Wings.