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NHLIlya Bryzgalov's Greatest Hits

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | 11:55 AM

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Ilya Bryzgalov's quip that the Penguins didn't scare him, only Ilya Bryzgalov's quip that the Penguins didn't scare him, only "bears in [the] forest" did, inspired this photoshopped image in April of 2012. ( Images)

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With Ilya Bryzgalov's latest off-the-wall comments, this time stating his opinion on Long Island's beaches, we decided to revisit some of the colourful goaltender's best soundbites over his 11 seasons in the NHL.

Ilya Bryzgalov is the eccentric poet-laureate of the NHL.

His latest off-the-wall moment/verbalized stream of consciousness came after a Long Island reporter asked the Flyers goalie if he would visit a local beach since he had the night off, with Steve Mason starting against the Islanders on Tuesday night.

His response?

"You can call it whatever you want, but it's not a beach," Bryzgalov said. "A beach is somewhere in the Caribbean, somewhere in Florida where it's warm and you can swim. Here is dark water."

He continued the media availability by telling a Courier-Post reporter his thoughts on whether the Flyers will choose to buy-out his lucrative nine-year, $51 million US deal, after just two seasons:

"To be honest, I don't care," Bryzgalov said. "Really, I don't care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?"

Further to that, he waxed poetic on the concept of statistics (namely his 2.88 goals against average, and his .896 save percentage): "Stats not always reflect what's real. I remember once Wayne Gretzky told me stats are for losers."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is "Bryz being Bryz."

Let's take a look back at the goaltender's greatest soundbites over his 11 seasons in the NHL:

'Why you have to be mad?'

Perhaps our first glimpse of the quote machine Bryzgalov could be came in this interview with The Score, when he was still a member of the Anaheim Ducks:

'Humongous big!'

HBO's 24/7 series opened the eyes of hockey fans to how unique Bryzgalov can be, starting with his thoughts on the universe:

Those thoughts were turned into a very stirring montage by one YouTube user here.

'If you killed a tiger, you're dead'

Bryz also had some words of wisdom for a Flyers trainer when it came to Russian liquor, as well as the protection of tigers in China:

'Bear in the forest'

Bryz ain't afraid of no Penguins. But bears? That's another story.

With this little gem, even Jaromir Jagr got in on the fun.

What's your favourite Bryzgalov moment? Vote in our poll and have your say!

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