Ilya Bryzgalov: “We can’t protect ourselves from space danger… [must] enjoy every day with our relatives”

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Stick thrower Ilya Bryzgalov was a guest on the Mike and Ike Show on WIP today, seemingly to promote his upcoming autograph signing at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall this Sunday (take a little gander at and then click that ad over the right ——>). Among the topics discussed were assimilating into Philly, the rough schedule, and, of course, meteors.

Understand what’s expected of you here now?

“I needed some time to understand new environment. How it works here.”

“I understand what I have to expect from the people who work here, who cheer for the team, what they expect from me.”


In other words: what his bosses and fans want. Bryz, both publicly and not-so publicly, struggled to adjust to being a Flyer last year.


“I just wake up in the morning today and think about what happened last night, I realize, watching the schedule, like, oh my God, for 31 days, we play 19 games. 19. It’s a lot. Usually like during the normal season you play maximum games in a month– 15. That’s four games difference, and 12 of them we play on the road. I feel like exhausted, and I’m pretty sure the team feels the same way. It’s a crazy schedule, lots of travel, lots of back-to-back games. Sometimes it’s tough to find energy and emotions to play some games. You know it’s very important game, but nothing left inside you. You need time to sit and regroup.”

“Do you think it’s fun to lose? No. we don’t want to lose. We want to win. Sometimes you just can’t– sometimes just tired, bounces don’t go your way.”


Time off?

“I don’t have that luxury. We gotta do what you go to do. We got to give our best every night. Whatever the team need. We always try to give our best. But sometimes we’re not machines.” 


How about that meteor in Russia?

“It’s amazing. Probably every day our atmosphere was penetrated with smaller sized meteors and just burned high in the atmosphere. But this is much bigger size, but not that big that it struck the earth and didn’t… [inaudible] like back in the days when dinosaurs was destroyed. It’s one thing that's very interesting. On the other hand, it’s dangerous. And you know we can’t protect ourselves from the space danger.” 

“The next day, asteroid bigger size fly close to the earth. Make us think… [inaudible] huge speeds in the earth… [inaudible]… it’s going to be a disaster right now… [inaudible] how to recover the earth. I think we need to be thankful and be happy. Enjoy our everyday with our relatives, our wives, kids. Enjoy our work every day.”


Just watch out for falling rocks.

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12 Responses

  1. You talking about the Flyers, the Sixers, the Eagles, 95% of the Phillies or just Bryzgalov in particular, Rob?

  2. It’s not his fault the Flyers overpaid for him, just based on the fact that they needed a better than average goalie, & decided to break out the checkbooks.
    And last year he sounded idiotic, I agree, but then again, Philadelphia as a sports town, is not that easy to adjust to, after you’ve just signed/been traded there, no matter what sport it is. So it takes some time to adjust to the atmosphere, the fans, the market, what people within the organization expect from you, especially considering his enormous contract, etc. Takes more than 2-3 games to get used to all of that at once.

  3. Someone should tell Bryz that the puck is a meteor and the goal is mother Russia.. He’d put shit on lock down!
    I’d love to share a blunt and talk the universe with Bryz. We share the same fascination. No one makes fun of me though because I’m not in the public eye and I don’t talk funny. Keep on doin what you do, Bryz. And yea, stop the fucking puck once in awhile.

  4. Well, Bryz has a point there. You never know whether or not there’s an asteroid out there with Earth’s name on it, ready to wipe us out like one did the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. In this instance, Bryz speaks the truth.

  5. The interview itself was a disgrace. Barkann is an idiot. It was borderline offensive actually. A Borat reference? Really? I didn’t realize it was 2006.
    “Do you understand what Flyers hockey is now?”
    Yeah, Barkann, he probably does know whatever your BS definition of “Flyers Hockey” is considering he puts on an actual Flyers jersey and has pucks going 95 MPH shot at him every game while Barkann sits on his ass scratching a clawing for ways to relate to the fanbase and get listeners/callers with the garbage he spews.

  6. Want to go to that autograph signing, just so I can ask him if he is familiar with Neil Degrasse Tyson’s work.

  7. Im sick of people bringning up his contract. Stop focusing on the fucking money. Snider offered it to him because he was embaeassed at the slop we had in net the year before–which, if you’re not paying attention, was shitty. You wanna blame someone, blame management. But If you honestly take Bryzs stats without a grain of salt this season and fail to see how valuable he’s been for us, you’re fuckin stupid. This city is supposed to be a hockey town yet half of it seems to be a bunch of ignorant nimrods that know shit about hockey and just blame the goalie for defensive, offensive, coaching, and managerial woes. Bryz was bad for a half a season and has been fine since. If we had the Bryz of today in net in the finals against Chicago, wed have won that fucking cup. You Bryz haters are fuckin idiotic shit stains. Learn hockey or stop fucking embarrassing this city.

  8. I hope he slits his wrists and diarrhea shoots out instead of blood. I hope it squirts directly into RHEA HUGHES gaping, echoey, jagged cunt and she queefs it directly into my Jew mouth. Fuck Bryz haters…He fucked me in my pink, tender, pulsating infected anus last night and told me that he tries real hard and sometimes saves pucks with the tip of his boner. That’s more than you fucking mega cunts can say. I hope you all have learned something from all of this you gaggle of fucking pathetic worm ridden dog shit.

  9. Garbage goaltender. Only shines behind a stacked defensive team like he did in Phoenix. Over paid and your average butterfly goaltender.
    Also, if they are going to ask Bryz “What is Flyers hockey” they could at least explain to him what it is..then again, they’re just proving how stupid this clown is.

  10. What is flyers hockey? Losing for 37 or so years? Stfu n leave bryz alone. Hes the best tender since roman. Keep yelling shoot it all game morons.

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