Leaf through some old issues of Future Watch and you'll find the scouting report on Washington Capitals right winger Stanislav Galiev. The Russian right winger had a great junior career with the Quebec League's Saint John Sea Dogs, winning the Memorial Cup in 2011 alongside future NHLers such as Jonathan Huberdeau, Simon Despres, Nathan Beaulieu and Tomas Jurco. But as Galiev graduated to the pro ranks, strength was an issue.
Perhaps that's why the 23-year-old decided to chow down on a cobra's still-beating heart on a trip to Vietnam.
No, that's not a metaphor – Galiev ate the snake's heart in a shot of cobra blood, then also ate the reptile's gall bladder. Here's a link to the meal, as found by Caps blog Japers' Rink. Eating the heart is supposed to increase virility and as dubious as that claim may be, we all know how competitive athletes can be.
Galiev, who has appeared in two games for Washington (scoring once), spent most of the past season with AHL Hershey, where he potted 25 goals in 67 games – by far his best outing as a pro. Before that, he had bounced between the 'A' and the ECHL, where a shoulder injury also held back his development.
He has always been blessed with high-end skill, so perhaps getting fully healthy will spurn an NHL breakthrough this season – because the cobra blood thing probably isn't sustainable.