The Force is strong with Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. Wednesday night Bryzgalov showed off his love for the film franchise Star Wars by debuting a freshly painted mask that featured everything from Yoda to Darth Vader and even the Millennium Falcon.
To be honest with you, this mask couldn’t be more cool. Bryzgalov has successfully combined two of the coolest things on earth and created something that tickles both the hockey fan and Star Wars nut inside each and everyone of us.
It also shouldn’t come as a surprise either that Bryzgalov has a Star Wars themed goalie mask, as the man is crazy about outer space.
During the NHL Lockout this summer, Bryzgalov visited a cosmonaut training center in Russia and when a meteor struck in Russia he had plenty of astrological wisdom to drop on the good people of Philadelphia.
“It’s amazing,” Bryzgalov said of the meteor strike in Russia. “Probably every day our atmosphere was penetrated with smaller sized of the meteors and just burned high in the atmosphere, yeah. But this is a much bigger size, but not that big that it struck the Earth like far, far behind back in the days when dinosaurs were destroyed.”
Here’s a guy from Russia playing ice hockey in Philadelphia going out of his way to talk about dinosaurs and meteors. It’s safe to say, that’s not something you see everyday.
The same can be said about the netminder’s new helmet and it appears to have given him some luck. Bryzgalov pitched a shutout for the Flyers until there was 2:09 left in Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals. Even though he gave up a goal, the Flyers managed to win 4-1 and Bryzgalov is hoping he can continue his Jedi mind tricks in net for the Flyers as this shortened season presses on.