Originally written on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 10/17/14
Ilya Bryzgalov is more than just a grossly overpaid goalie. He’s an existential stormtrooper, an avid Angry Birds player, and apparently a big Josef Stalin fan. Whatever your thoughts on his play may be, it is hard to argue that Bryz is an absolute treasure trove of quirk and is fun to listen to. Whether it be his dislike for the weather in Edmonton:   or this unbelievably smooth segue from Russian Liqueur, to Tigers, to Chinese Law:   Bryz’s latest stunt came when he sat down to speak with Championat, a Russian sports website about things, uh, other than hockey. The Russian goaltender talked about his favorite cities in North America, real estate, and of course his favorable view of Josef Stalin. Here is a choice snippet of the piece. All journalists try to interview you. And is there a person who you would like to talk to? “A lot of them are not alive anymore… I would love to talk to Genghis Khan, Stalin, Einstein.” Stalin is a very controversial figure. How do you feel about hi...
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