Kevin Fiala, the cool daddy of the Swiss team at the World Cup

Kevin Fiala, the cool daddy of the Swiss team at the World Cup
Kevin Fiala, the cool daddy of the Swiss team at the World Cup

“My daughter being born a little earlier than expected, I went to the World Cup, encouraged by my wife,” simply summed up Kevin Fiala, who has just had an unusual experience. On Sunday, the 27-year-old Saint-Welsh became a father for the first time, to little Masie-Mae. Time to post a selfie on the networks with his daughter and his wife Jessica, and here is the Los Angeles Kings player, in the NHL, who leaves California the next day to join the Swiss team at the World Championship in Prague.

Welcomed Monday by his grandmother at the airport, Kevin Fiala arrived in the country where his parents were born, to play the match against the Czech Republic that same evening. Despite the travel, the 9 hours of time difference, the fatigue of the 87 NHL matches played this season, the striker, who signed a 7-year contract in 2022 at $7.875 million per season with the Californian franchise, was flamboyant. He scored in a power play after a crazy technical exercise and a lightning shot into the top corner of the near post.

And when it came to deciding between the teams on penalties, the composure of No. 21 was decisive in the Swiss victory (2-1). Jeered by most of the 17,000 spectators at the O2 Arena in Prague, the cool daddy of Swiss hockey scored a goal with finesse, with a backhand. The decibels then dropped and the mustachioed explosive put his hand to his ear, as if to say to the audience: “What’s happening, I can’t hear you anymore?”

“I was able to deploy a lot of energy thanks to what I experienced in recent days,” said the hero of the meeting. Will he do it again this evening (8:20 p.m.) against Great Britain, last in the group? That’s all we ask for

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