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Bryzgalov thinks Stalin did a good job, wishes Philadelphia wasn’t so old, and believes poor people don’t want to work

May 15, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov can see the “logic” in Joseph Stalin’s actions and thought the former leader of the Soviet Union did what needed to be done to rebuild a country that was overrun with spies and criminals with guns.

Also, the Flyers’ goalie doesn’t like the oldness of Philadelphia — he likes “newer, cleaner” cities like Boston, Vancouver, and Dallas — though he does enjoy the cheesesteaks.

And he thinks there are too many people in America on welfare that don’t want to work.

That, and more, in Bryzgalov’s latest candid interview, this one with Russian sports site Championat (Google Translate).

None of the above comments are particularly unique — according to hockey writer Dmitry Chesnokov, Bryzgalov’s thoughts on Stalin are “not uncommon as the issue is highly complex.”

And compared to a lot of places in the United States, Philadelphia is quite old. (Though so is Boston.)

And he’s certainly not the only person who’s ever said welfare reduces the incentive to seek employment.

Still, his opinions could be described as somewhat divisive, and not surprisingly, the story is making the rounds in Philadelphia.

Related: Bryzgalov says journalists don’t pay him, so why should they care what he makes?

  1. ironyisadeadscene - May 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Wow, he really wants out of Philly. He’s doing everything but saying “buy me out”

    • ravenscaps48 - May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      I love this guy!

    • ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      ^^^ the one thumbs-downer is Bryz.

  2. liamj55 - May 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Never change Bryz… Never Change….

    • thesableo - May 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Never sign him, my team…never sign him.

  3. f2maestro - May 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Everytime Bryz is interviewed it makes for a good read.

    “…Too many do not work, live on welfare and get food stamps for. They just do not want to work.Their principle is: “Why should I work when I can live, let them raise taxes on the rich,…”

    I couldn’t agree more.

    • jpelle82 - May 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      sounds about right to me

    • no - May 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      yes, I too use under-informed Russian goaltenders to validate my political views

      • f2maestro - May 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        I wasn’t using Bryz to validate my ‘political views’ I was simply agreeing with something he said. I know more than my fair share of people who enjoy not working and don’t bother even looking for a place of employment as they know they can be supported by the Government for as long as they choose.

      • no - May 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        ah, the well regarded “no, I know somebody” defense

        I have no choice but to cede the discussion

      • Stiller43 - May 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Lol why dont you actually explain your side of things instead of just calling him ignorant and not sharing your views? Cant defend them, huh?

      • imleftcoast - May 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        The point is no one wants a political discussion out of Bryzgalov or Thomas. Did I miss when he was working at the soup kitchen and building houses with Habit for Humanity? It’s pretty easy for millionaires to tell the poor what they are doing wrong. The view is awesome from the upstairs in the mansion.

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 15, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Thank you leftcoast. This guy is a millionaire who I’m sure knows no one on welfare. Not to mention the fact he’s supporting a communist dictator while ragging on the social safety net, which could be considered a socialist policy. Now there’s a huge difference between communism and socialism (which some right-wingers fail to understand) but they do share some similar philosophies. The point is people usually laugh at the outlandish things that comes out of Bryzgalovs mouth, but when he suddenly says something that falls in line with their political views he is praised. Now he has credibility people? The guy is making a killing off a capitalist system while essentially praising communism. He’s a big bucket of contradiction.

        And there’s this misguided notion that EVERYONE receiving welfare is some lazy leech. Which is a concept right out of the Rush Limbaugh handbook. There is an unbelievably large wealth disparity gap in this country, akin to the days of the industrial revolution, and our solution is to point fingers at those struggling the most? And there are always racial overtones in these accusations despite the fact that the majority of ppl on welfare are white. Disability, unemployment, welfare, social security, Medicare/Medicaid, etc… these are all programs that are desperately needed. Don’t take Bryzgalov seriously now bc you agree with point that he has no knowledge of.

      • jpelle82 - May 15, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        russia isnt exactly the best example either for economic parity. they have more people in poverty than we do. i’m sure there’s some over there that fit the description bryzgalov gives here but i’d be willing to bet there isnt the same entitlement attitude that we have. people here refuse to work minimum wage jobs that are available because the govt will pay better in the form of food stamps/welfare/medicaid and they can sit at home. they feel because they are american that they are better than or they deserve something more. yet they want to complain that immigrants are coming here to work and work hard at the jobs americans are “too good” for. i have a problem with the people that openly abuse the system and feel no shame about it, most of them are ignorant and dont even know how the govt pays for these programs or they just dont care. they call it a hustle because the govt will give food stamps that they can sell at half price for cash to others in their community who have jobs, so they can go buy drugs until the first rolls around again. those people get the groceries basically for half price then and it f’s up the economy b/c the govt subsidizes most food industries anyway

      • thesableo - May 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        A lot of people on welfare or food stamps actually do have jobs, but they don’t pay enough. Wal-Mart employees especially, I’ve heard.
        There’s always bad eggs, but to say everyone receiving public benefits is a lazy leech is ridiculous.

      • jpelle82 - May 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        i dont think anyone said everyone was leeches. just the ones that abuse the system and have generationally been raised to do so…sadly, welfare/food stamps is the modern day form of slavery in america. the more people on it equals more votes for it and the program itself certainly doesnt advocate for improving your economic situation. as a politician all you have to do is say you would keep it around or make it easier and you’re a shoo-in for office in most districts in america these days.

      • ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        yeah but jpelle… if you cut out the people that actually work and need assistance, there isn’t that many leeches. I don’t understand how this extremely low # of freeloaders are talked more about than the people that abuse religious tax exemption. we’re losing WAY more to them than some people on food stamps. hell, there was a whole city a while back that filed for religious tax exempt status because they were part of the church.

      • jpelle82 - May 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        i think you’re underestimating the amount of people that abuse the system. i guarantee if they implemented drug testing as a mandatory condition for welfare/food stamps you would see a dramatic drop in the amount that’s distributed. it would pay for the drug screening itself in a week.

    • badintent - May 16, 2013 at 3:49 AM

      Stalin was great……….. at killing Germans and Russians. Purge anyone ? Did I mention Order 227 ? shoot at any Russian soldier retreating or surrending ? Including his own son ?Gulag anyone ? How about one for a certain Goaltender ? Gotta think this guy sniffed way too much glue in some minor league in Mother Russia at one point in time.

  4. fivetozeroingame7 - May 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I think Washington should trade for him.

    • jpelle82 - May 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      would be like peas and carrots with him and ovechkin.

  5. yougotgirouxed - May 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Just when we didnt need anybody making us look dumber…

    • ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      …you showed up

      sorry, that one was sitting there.

      • handsofsweed - May 15, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Why in the HELL would you be sorry for that????

      • ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        I don’t condone Flyers fan on Flyers fan crime.

    • drone501 - May 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      don t worry bout that. he is just showing his ignorance. only thing good bout stalin was his hair.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM


  6. laxman1944 - May 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    “Houston………we have a problem”……..oye-vey

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      It’s actually “Houston, we’ve had a problem”. If you’re quoting from the movie, then you are correct. Anyway! Some trivia! On the topic of welfare. It’s ok if not abused by some people. Some out there need help to keep their heads above water while looking for a job, whereas many have a made living on welfare a lifestyle, which has to change. Always remember, you don’t throw away the baby with the bath water.

      • monkeyredandsmiley - May 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        …unless you’re a Philadelphia doctor….

  7. myspaceyourface - May 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Speak your mind, speak your mind.

    It won’t be long and Obammy will be hanging you in the streets for comments like these.

    • 19to77 - May 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Hey, Tim Thomas is still kickin’ around, isn’t he? You’d figure he’d be the first victim of your paranoid delusion.

    • imleftcoast - May 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      The Reagan style socialism is stifling. Get a brain and history book Einstein.

      • tortshaswarts - May 15, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        you are aware that Reagan was pretty “laissez faire” , opposite of a socialist

  8. alicesrightfootesq - May 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Never thought Bryz would be the most interesting interview in the NHL but here we are…

    • thesableo - May 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Really?! He’s been the most interesting interview in the NHL since like 2007. Try to find the video of him describing the cartoons his helmet when he was on the Ducks.
      “This is Dahkving Duck, he is hero duck. This is Scrooge McDuck, he is rich duck. I would like to be rich duck.”

  9. JoeAvg - May 15, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I like the picture you chose for this. He looks like Rocky Squirrel about to go after Boris and Natasha. War and Peace indeed.

  10. steelpenbucs87 - May 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    So assuming Bryz gets bought out (which seems to be inevitable at this point), what destinations and roles make sense? I have two guesses:
    1) Back to Phoenix! Coyotes are likely to lose Smith to free agency, perhaps reuniting him with his goalie coach could spark back some more success – just at a cheaper price tag given his last couple of years.
    2) To a desperate playoff contender looking to create competition: maybe Edmonton or the Peg?

  11. supercoop8 - May 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Why you heff to be poor?

  12. rogersjd16 - May 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Boston = new?? I think Bryz needs to upgrade his Russian/English dictionary…

  13. mustbechris - May 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM


  14. capsfan19 - May 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I would loooove to ask him about abortion and gay marriage ha ha ha i can ONLY imagine.

  15. credible316 - May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    People hate the truth.

  16. ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    i came to this article’s comments section expecting nothing but comic gold and similarly uninformed a-holes. you guys provided.

  17. 19to77 - May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Oh, Breezy. Shine on, you crazy diamond.

  18. pftbillsfan - May 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    The issue is complex???? I don’t care if Stalin road a unicorn and cured cancer, the man killed 52 million individuals through intentional plague, and starvation. Think those numbers are inflated? Okay let’s say its 10 million, see he is still a doucher.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Someone should send him a copy of The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn. It meticulously documents the Stalinist slave labor system. And Stalin was so brilliant he purged his army of hundreds of its top leaders shortly before WWII, then thought he could trust Hitler.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 15, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        Stalin purged anybody he thought might possibly be looking at him the wrong way behind his back. Paranoid like no other. But to be fair many other, more competent leaders trusted or at least underestimated Hitler.

  19. drone501 - May 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    i wouldn’t call moscow hi tech thats for damn sure. philly, get rid of this dums ass. NOW

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Well. Hi tech or not, it’s not a pretty site everywhere in Moscow. It old and reeks of the old communist gov’t. 11 million people in one city. Dang! Est in 1147 vs 1682

  20. colbycal1383 - May 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    He needs to go asap he sucks!!! Gm too for trading for him, giving him that crazy contract and trading bob! Go flyers

  21. bcisleman - May 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Be funny if a team got him & Tim T & made them room together!

    • ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      they’d equal one Rush Limbaugh

      • thesableo - May 15, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        If all Timmy’s been doing is hiding in a bunker eating Chik-Fil-A he might be Limbaugh-sized himself by now.

      • dmfc1112 - May 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        I still laugh at Rush being employed by ESPN. He gets fired for saying “the media is desirous that a black quaterback do well”. Everybody in Philly knows McNabb was all hype. Then you have Michael Irvin say that Romo must have some african in him (based on his scrambling ability ) and nobody says a word.

  22. President Charles Logan - May 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    flyers need to trade for bernier

  23. earpaniac - May 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Other than the more than 50 million people he’s responsible for killing, I’m sure Stalin is a great guy. The man who’s considered history’s greatest monster, Hitler, didn’t come close to that. That’s scary, and not at all complicated.

  24. homelanddefense - May 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Philly is too old, he likes newer cities like Boston? Yikes

  25. adge84 - May 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    He should go to tampa where with a decent goalie a cup run seems possible. He also won’t have to deal with the harsh media down south since no one really cares. Seems like a win win

  26. barkar942 - May 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Everyone blew right by the Vancouver hint.
    Perhaps a straight up trade for Luongo,- well maybe not straight up, the Flyers would have to throw in half of the team with him, but maybe that would solve Vancouver’s bad contract with Philly’s bad contract!

    • ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      i caught it… but he also said Boston and Dallas and there’s no way he thinks he’s about to go to either of those cities and steal Rask or Lehtonen’s starting job…. or even fill their spot if they’re traded back. i just concluded that it was a random city that he liked to visit since those 3 cities each have very different goalie situations.

  27. bricktop02 - May 15, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    And he thinks there are too many people in America on welfare that don’t want to work. At least he got that right.

  28. philly06 - May 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Bryz Get the Hell OUT

  29. johnstone17 - May 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I don’t agree with everything he says, but if he can get a really good grasp on english, you could team him up with Don Cherry in the CBC studio for the sheer entertainment value.

    • 19to77 - May 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Oh my God, SOMEBODY FUND THIS.

    • ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      they’d make a killer air band

      • ibieiniid - May 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        here’s bryz shredding on the air guitar.
        (up until I went searching for bryz playing an invisible instrument…. aside from his brain…. I never realized that a goalie looks a lot like a crouching air guitarist…. and I even played goalie when I played)

  30. cweez2 - May 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Speaking of people who don’t want to work, why don’t you and Ovi go join Radulov in the KHL and collect twice the rubles for half the work?

  31. buffalomafia - May 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Do I hear Ryan Miller?

  32. dawglb - May 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Cut him loose.

  33. dawglb - May 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Philly likes the newer, younger goalie, too.

  34. bobhpine - May 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Philly isn’t allowed to amnesty this chooch. This whole thing makes me LOL

  35. crazemastercraze - May 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Based on the way this Ahole plays and how much he gets paid you could say the same about him not wanting to work. He’s a total douche. He’s a perfect flyer: a grade a a$$hole

  36. nananatman - May 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    The Flyers record indicates the employed goalie doesn’t work that hard either. To the gulag with you!!

  37. phillyphever - May 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Homer, just please cut this cancer from the team already. He cares more about making an ass out of himself than being a team player. Seriously, who the hell would support this guy as a teammate if all he ever does is attract attention to himself (and not in the good way with his play on the ice)?

  38. vipod4ever - May 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    He’s back in Russia, it’s the better vodka talking.

  39. rg3isvictory - May 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Nothing wrong with what he said! I’m glad he speaks his mind. Something Americans no longer appreciate in this whining, metrosexual, PC country!

    • blomfeld - May 16, 2013 at 1:28 AM


      Funnily enough, I agree with pretty much everything ‘Bryzi’ has to say here, except for the part about Philadelphia being too old … though perhaps he was talking about the ‘tougher’ part of town eh ? Anyway, just to put things into context, everyone of you PHT blogger guys who own a “peoples car” (ie: Volkswagen) should maybe consider the fact that your cute little ride was originally brought to you by none other than Adolf Hitler himself. That’s right, as his wish back in 1934 was for every working German family to own a new ‘peoples car’ by saving 5 D Mark per week.

  40. crazemastercraze - May 16, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    This is a guy who literally falls asleep on the job and he thinks poor people don’t want to work? Stupid A hole…..

  41. drewsylvania - May 19, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    People are actually agreeing with him on his Stalin comments…

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