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

Kyle Scott - February 22, 2013

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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.

You can't listen to the full interview here.

Video: lya Bryzgalov Actually was Wearing a Space Suit at Mission Control

Kyle Scott - December 14, 2012

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So you remember earlier this week when Ilya Bryzgalov told a Russian reporter that the reason why he was missing out on the Channel One Cup, an international tournament, was because he was at Mission Control, wearing a space suit? Well… it turns out he may have been telling the truth. 

No, not some figurative truth about being a space cadet. 


Bryz may have literally been wearing a space suit at Mission Control.

Our favorite nut was given tour of the Cosmonaut Training Center in Mother Russia, where he met with famous cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and, yes, put on a space suit. There is absolutely amazing video after the jump. But here’s a brief synopsis via [translated] 

In the program "Football 24" showed how Bryzgalov met with a hero of Russia, cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and asked him a few questions. "I'm interested in space and I did learn a little bit, but more by the stars – as infancy universe, how it all happened," – admitted goalkeeper. The astronaut said all that one sees in space, except for the planet Earth – "cold, lifeless and dead in our understanding." "There's a man can not live," – said Tokarev.

The program also showed how Bryzgalov dons the suit. "I like Darth Vader is from 'Star Wars'," – said the goalkeeper, when dressed in the clothes of the astronaut.


Does anyone else feel like Bryz is Buddy The Elf? He has childlike enthusiasm about weird things, seemingly comes from another planet, and though he may frustrate us, you can’t help wanting to just give him a big hug sometimes? 

Video after the jump.

via Broad Street Hockey, (@BillMeltzer) (@facepalmen)

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Ilya Bryzgalov Removed From Russian National Team Roster, Says He Was Being Fitted for Space Suit

Kyle Scott - December 11, 2012

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About a year ago today, we were all enthralled with HBO’s 24/7, an inside look at the Flyers and Rangers leading up to the Winter Classic, a celebration of hockey. This year, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr are member-measuring the season into non-existence and Ilya Bryzgalov, who served up so many lovable quotes last year, not the least of which were his comments about space, is playing for CSKA, the former Soviet Red Army team.

It seems Bryz was supposed to take part in some sort of international tournament this week, the Channel One Cup, but was curiously absent from team activities. One Russian newspaper reached out to him to find out why, and that's when he offered up these gems, Google translated, of course:

Why are not you on the team? You have really a health problem?

Sorry, but, unfortunately, I'm not ready to talk in detail with the press.

Why not?

The thing is that now I am in the Mission Control Center, you wrote about in our last interview. Astronaut suit on me. And you will understand that it disturbs me to communicate.

When you have finished its space business and explain the "SE" your situation?

You know, space – a particular substance. Maybe my flight will be delayed. But I'm with you for a chat.


Yeah. Bryz claimed to be at Mission Control, getting ready to go into space. He was speaking figuratively. We think.

H/T to (@billmeltzer)

Ilya Bryzgalov Gives His Thoughts on Monkeys in Space

Kyle Scott - May 2, 2012

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Pic Matt Mullin (@matt_mullin), who created this Bryzgalov-Universe mashup

That's not like a euphemism or anything. He really did.

Ilya Bryzgalov finally broke out of his self(team?)-imposed shell today. Sort of. Before speaking in front of cameras, Bryz shot the shit with reporters, as he’s been known to do, and talked about… outer space. Again. 

One reporter asked what the Russian goalie would be doing if he didn’t play hockey. Similar questions have been asked to a myriad athletes, and most respond by naming some sort of mundane “day job” or with a snarky and perhaps honest assertion that they’d be unemployed.

Not Bryz.

He would have shot for the stars. Literally.

We’ll let Adam Kimelman of tell the story:

After a pause, Bryzgalov replied, "Astronaut." He added that he was serious. 

That sparked an impromptu discussion on the merits of the U.S. space program compared to the Russian/Soviet space program, as well as Bryzgalov's belief that the first two animals sent into space were Russian dogs. 

Bryzgalov also had an opinion on sending monkeys into space.

"The problem with monkeys," Bryzgalov said, "is they push the wrong buttons."


Those goddamn monkeys… always causing a shitstorm.

And there is your latest Bryzism.

Caption It! Brad Lidge Talks to Space

Kyle Scott - September 8, 2010


Brad Lidge is informed that Albert Pujols' 2005 home run ball has been found

The Phillies recently tweeted a picture of Brad Lidge talking to Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a Phillies fan living at the International Space Station (so, like, she has the, right?).  Lidge's first two questions went through without a hitch.  Then, just as he was about to get off the third question uneventfully, he stuttered, slurred, accidentally spit on the camera, and knocked-over the monitor, causing the connection to break, the interview to be finished, and Lidge to leave the room with stiffness in his right knee.

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