The moments are rare, but every now and then, those around Andrei Svechnikov are reminded he’s still a teenager.
Take his first car-buying experience in the U.S. in the fall. While Svechnikov, who is still mastering the English language, had the confidence to walk into a Mercedes dealership on his own, the day wasn’t without a rookie mistake. “Andrei being the trustworthy person he is,” said Carolina Hurricanes GM Don Waddell, “he went out for a test drive with the sales guy, and he left his wallet and chequebook in the dealership.”
Svechnikov, 18, also left his passport and work visa behind. None were seen or heard from again, necessitating a day trip to Washington and a visit to the Russian consulate in Montreal for replacements. “It was a learning lesson,” Waddell said. “It was a pret...
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