As a child in the Czech Republic, Vinny Prospal watched with awe as the Russian Red Army hockey team breezed through games in Europe with surgical precision.

"It's like it was their job to score five or six goals a game," Prospal said.

But his awe was tempered by a certain sadness.

Young Vinny took note of how the Russians would score a beautiful goal and then circle back with blank expressions to center ice for the ensuing faceoff. There were no celebrations, no fist bumps and certainly no belly slams against the glass.

"They were kept on lockdown all the time," he said.

One look at Prospal and his permanent tan, moppy hair and easy smile is enough to suggest that the irrepressible 36-year-old doesn't do lockdown well.