April 29, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) takes a drink against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of game one of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Wait...Bryzgalov Really Was At Mission Control

Reports earlier this week stated that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was missing from the Channel One Cup tournament because Bryz was at “Mission Control Center” with the Russian space program.  Well, turns out the man who brought us “humongous big universe” was literally at Mission Control donning a space suit.

Bryzgalov was pulled from the Russian national team roster days before the tournament which followed with reports that indicated his was sick and nothing more than that.  However, the Russian publication Sport Express contacted Bryzgalov to get the exact story on his absence.

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

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

SE  – Why not?

Bryz – 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.

It sure appeared that Bryz was just playing his usual self and having a little fun with the media (Sport Express), but seems the joke was on us when lenta.ru released story.

Translated from lenta.ru with Google translations: 

Goalkeeper of the Russian Ice Hockey Ilya Bryzgalov visited the Cosmonaut Training Center and put on the suit there. The goalkeeper made it on the air TV “Hockey 24″, which goes to the TV channel “Russia 24″.

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.

Oh, but wait, there is more.  While this story of Bryz remains entertaining, clearly the following video (and pictures) bring it to a whole new level.

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