Pavel Datsyuk
Feb 24, 2018; Gangneung, South Korea; Russia forward Pavel Datsyuk (13) celebrates with fans as he leaves the ice after the men's ice hockey gold medal match against Germany during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports

If you feel the year 2020 has been pretty wild so far just hold up a minute because Pavel Datsyuk has entered the chat. The former Detroit Red Wings superstar is apparently “holed up” in a monastery with his spiritual leader.

Pavel Datsyuk following a different kind of ‘Magic Man’

Pavel Datsyuk played 14 years in Motown and amassed 918 points in 953 regular season games. Affectionately dubbed the “Magic Man” by the Red Wings’ fans, he won two Stanley Cups for Detroit.

These days, the now 41-year-old is playing in the KHL which is Russia’s premiere hockey league.

He is also a very spiritual person. That brings us to Father Sergius whom Pavel has said, “Father Sergius has been my spiritual father for more than 10 years. He has a burning, loving heart, he sees me through and through.”

According to a translated report in RT, Father Sergius has refused to stop services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is his belief that this is a hoax being used by nefarious groups to implant microchips in people. It has now gotten to the point that the monastery is being guarded by local Cossacks with military training.

Are you done shaking head and rubbing your eyes? Trust me, you read that correctly. I’ve even spoken to several Russian/KHL reporters to determine the validity of these stories, and it appears it has been circulating through various news outlets for several days.

What’s next 2020? I’m ready…I think.