If Alexei had known, when he first signed with the Falconers in 2010, that’d he’d be playing with a bunch of children, he might have reconsidered the offer he got from the Pens. As it stands, he wants to hide in the showers until the rest of his team clears out of the locker room at least twice a season, because he doesn’t want to deal with the chirps anymore.
He came to America for a number of reasons, playing hockey being the main one, of course. But being able to be obnoxiously himself was another one, and that meant being honest with his teammates, at least, and maybe everyone someday, about who he was. He’s grateful everyday that they never for a second treated him differently from all the other rookies, for his accent or his size or his bisexuality. They’ve got his back, ninety-nine percent of the time.
The one percent when they don’t? When they play the Aces, and the chirps go flying.