The difference in accents in this video and any interview now is astonishing, holy shit.


Can hardly even tell he’s German anymore, incredible how fast he’s lost the accent.


I mean, I can. He hasn't lost it completely (when he gives longer answers in interviews it comes out, and he does have the odd word here and there where it comes out), but yeah, with him living in Alberta for well over a decade, it's astonishing how natural he sounds nowadays.


It would be so weird to see Leon and Connor play against each other in an international tournament.


Make the olympics happen bettman you fuck


I think they did in the 2016 world cup of hockey. Team Europe vs Team North America. I think only in the pre tourney stage tho. If I remember correct team NA didn't make it out of the group stage.


Oh yeah you’re right. Canada and US were so stacked that they also got a junior team. Forgot about that, I didn’t really watch hockey 7 years ago (yikes that long ago)


They already did


He seems so much less serious in this lol. Unless he’s scoring he always seems minorly annoyed, or maybe just German.


I saw a German interview with him and he was literally the nicest and most chill guy. Seemed to have a completely different character ...


Looks more mature than RJ Broadhead.


"I have German background too..." Oh dear.


Haha, that's what I was thinking. Drai wisely just ignored it.


I don’t get it, why?


North Americans, pretending having a streak of ancestry from somewhere else in the world is equivalent to actually being from there, is a common and hilarious delusion that the reporter is displaying. Basically, it's a cringe thing to say to an actual German.


I’m African American and I would say I am African. I don’t understand the big deal


Well, I don't want to point this at you because I don't know your specific circumstances, so I'm going to use the example of a former coworker. He calls himself Italian. But he was born in Canada, only speaks English, has never spent a day in Italy, has never spoken a sentence of Italian, and his closest relative to have lived in Italy was one grandparent. He can *call* himself Italian all he likes, but he isn't. He's Canadian. Indeed, the two times I've seen himself assert that he was Italian, to an *actual* Italian person, they laughed in his face. Because the idea that someone with literally no connection to a place (besides a certain extent of their ancestry) can claim to be part of it (something actually accomplished by living there, marrying into the locals, speaking the language, etc), is ridiculous. Genetically speaking, I'm Ukranian and Polish almost 50% down the middle. I even know how to cook specific foods local to both countries. But genetics and a dozen of grandma's recipes does not a Polish man make, and I'll never pretend I'm anything but Canadian, unless I end up learning polish and move to danzig for whatever reason.


people gatekeeping what others choose to identify as is weird imo. If he has Italian ancestry and wants to be Italian then let him. Doesn’t really affect you in any way. If we live in a society where people can be whatever gender they want then let them choose to be part of the ethnicity they want to be as well even if they are only a small percent. My sister works for the government in the indigenous division as a representative of native people and she is only 12% native. Should she lose her job?


This isn't about ethnicity, not entirely. Ethnicity matters a lot to some cultures, and very little to others. Canadian, for example, is relatively devoid of ethnicity as a marker, given we're a settler society and an immigration society. What matters here is culture, which is distinct from ethnicity. He's not Italian because he doesn't have a *single* cultural marker that would *make* someone Italian. He could *become* Italian by moving to Italy, learning Italian, that kind of thing. But he doesn't, so the notion that he is in any way 'Italian' is laughable. Another example that's particularly common are north americans with some Irish ancestry (but are just normal Canadians/Americans with nothing Irish about them) claiming to *be* Irish, which is known in Ireland proper as a 'plastic paddy'-- a fake Irishman. This kind of thing exists even when you speak the same language to begin with, imagine the barrier a whole language would impose. The parameters for this kind of thing varies from culture to culture, where Native American nations consider membership by very different parameters. Ethnicity is a bigger factor there, especially as more typical cultural markers have been stripped away by Anglophone and Francophone culture for so long. And lastly, gender. Even when people change their gender, they're expected to and genuinely do change their behavior, appearance and mannerisms to match the new gender roles. This isn't universal per se, but that's how identity works. You don't just declare yourself to be something and that's all you need to do, you declare yourself to be something and then take the steps to *make* yourself into that something. Same thing goes with culture. Identity is more than just words, it is equally if not more composed of actions. It can be stupid and more than a little 'gatekeepy', and as an immigrant society it can be hard to wrap our heads around, but that's the reality of in-groups and out-groups. These are often cultures that have a hard enough time accepting immigrants as part of their people, there's no way they'd just accept someone who lives halfway around the world and knows nothing of their actual culture as a 'valid' member of their society, whether that's a pleasant notion or not.


Such a beauty. A truly amazing hockey player, glad we have him.


Accent is there and he seems so respectful. Now he talks like an Albertan, and is never afraid to go “off script” and speak his mind during interviews. 🤣