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Cogliano on playing in Austria: “It really does humble you”

Dec 19, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

Andrew Cogliano AP

Being an NHL player abroad during the lockout isn’t quite the “backpacking through Europe” experience some might believe it to be. Sure, Kyle Turris has noticeably had his issues in Finland, but for Andrew Cogliano in Austria the style of play and travel takes its toll.

Jordan Winnett of the Toronto Star hears from the Ducks forward who’s teamed up with Sam Gagner and Tyler Myers in Austria with Klagenfurter AC and he’s finding out how rough being a pro in a different place can be.

“It really does humble you,” says Cogliano. “I know when I go back I won’t be taking much for granted. I can see myself playing even harder now (in the NHL) and make sure I’m fighting for my job every game because we have it really good back home. We do things in the NHL that guys here wouldn’t even imagine.”

By that he means bus rides, overly physical play, and crazy fans singing and shouting. Hey, that sounds like how it used to be. Old time hockey!

In seven games with Klagenfurter, Cogliano has two goals and four assists while Gagner has 18 points in as many games.

  1. jessejames182 - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    You know all those guys who set the current records and that the awards are named after did those things. But sure hold out for an extra 3% while you slowly strangle hockey to death with your private jets, state of the art training equipment and professional trainers.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      When there was under 10 teams, none further West than Chicago, nor lower than Pittsburgh, for half the amount of games?

      Why expect players to receive what they have earned?

  2. valoisvipers - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Sounds like Cogliano sure wants to play again for those greedy cattle ranchers in the NHL. Glad to hear a player say it like it is.Playing in the NHL for a little less coin is still way better than the alternatives.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      All the more reason why they’ve been willing to come down so much on money (57% to 50% in HRR) and why they’d be more worried about protecting contracting rights instead. Makes sense, no?

  3. espinfadnes - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    coglianos “welcome to the ebel moment” –>

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