Exclusive interview with Ryan O´ReillyEurolanche fan club did an interview with the former Colorado Avalanche center, now player of the KHL team.
With the smile on the face and a few Slovak words, Ryan O´Reilly welcomed the Eurolanche at his hotel before he was welcomed
by the Eurolanche at the airport in Bratislava, Slovakia, Central Europe. As we
informed you, O´Reilly has signed a two year deal with the KHL team of Metallurg Magnitogorsk. If the Colorado Avalanche would offer him the
contract with the better conditions, he will be back.
Magnitogorsk will face the local team HC Slovan Bratislava on Sunday in the regular season game. O´Reilly
is doing very well; played in seven games, scored four goals and added two
assists. Eurolanche will visit the game
and do Live Coverage with the start at 11 am ET, 9 am MT and 5 pm CET. Once
the special coverage is started at www.eurolanche.com,
you will be able to ask O´Reilly any question via Eurolanche and could win his
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- O´Reilly was welcomed by the Eurolanche at the airport >>> PHOTOS
How are you doing?
Very good. Unfortunately, do not playing hockey in the NHL. It is not my
dream (the KHL), but it is still
playing hockey over here and see countries like Slovakia, Czech Republic. It is
very exciting just be around. The hockey is played at very intense level. It is
a little bit different game, so definitely I am growing as a player.
It is also about learning different languages, just be involved and live in the
Have you already played in the
city of Khabarovsk?
I do not think so.
It is on the East, near to China.
My brother did that.
The flight from Bratislava there
takes longer than to Los Angeles.
It is amazing you can actually have a team that far away in the
league and stuff like that. It is definitely very interesting and cool.
Can you compare American and
Russian culture? As the European, I see big differences between Europe and
USA, and Europe and Russia. The difference between USA and Russia has to be
It is very, very different. Some cultural things… Usually in the USA,
you come to the rink and say hi to guys, but here you shake everyone´s hand and
say hi. I think it is cool tradition they have. Everyone acknowledge
everyone. The food is very different. Also smoking. You can smoke anywhere. In
the restaurant. In the USA you cannot smoke at a lot of places. That is big
difference. I do find people very nice to me, the hospitality has been
great. It is nice to have other English speaking guys on the team that have
been for a while, and actually can help me. My brother is being there too.
So I knew what to expect. It is very different, but it is a learning experience
and I enjoy it.
What about weather?
It is one of the worst things about being there. I woke up in the
morning and was minus 28 and I ask myself how does get this cold.
What are differences between the organizations
of Magnitogorsk and Avalanche?
It is very difficult to compare because for me not able speak Russian
and stuff like communicate with couple of guys at each situation. Both are very
good organizations and great to me. Obviously Colorado there is no language barrier
so I can talk to everyone and get know everyone better than here. It is little
different, but both are very good organizations and I am glad to be part
Matt Duchene said in one
interview he even did not think about playing in the KHL, because some places
in Russia are unsafe and the difference is big. What do you think about it?
I think someone looking outside in there is some things you do not
know about the league. Lucky for me, my brother is being there, he has played
there for months now. I got really good source and someone I trust.
He told me he has been treated very well and enjoys time there and he
recommended if I have the opportunity play there it would be great me as player
and person. Obviously I trust to my brother.
So the reason why you chose
Metallurg was your brother?
Obviously it was big influence. But also Paul
Maurice the English coach, Tom
Barrasso too. Very good coaches. They are good. They made the decision
easier. I know I can grow my game. Be a part of the winning team.
The following video includes O´Reilly´s answer on question why he did not sign a deal with the Avalanche before the old CBA has expired and more!
Why did you sign a contract for
two years and not for the lockout period?
Depending on the terms of the contract I do not know how it is going
to work out with the new CBA and what is going happen with Colorado. I do like
Metallurg and playing there. I am definitely happy be there and playing with
the team also.
Your agent Mark Guy told there is
a clause in the contract which allows you to come back to the NHL, if the
Colorado Avalanche would offer you a contract with the better conditions?
Yes if Colorado can, I accept it and return.
Would Magnitogorsk allow you to
Yes, I will be able to leave.
I read the official KHL
rules do not allow have a clause in the contract.
For my situation being involved in the NHL last year and not being on
the contract I am in very unique situation compared with the most players
on the contract. It is difficult to explain.
Will you start to negotiate with
the Avalanche management when the lockout is done? What is your plan?
Obviously I do not know what is going happen. I am sure when
the CBA is returned the negotiating between both parties will return.
Do you think you will be back in
the Avs uniform?
I do not know. It is tough to say. Especially not knowing what CBA
is at right now. With the next couple weeks will be very important for the NHL
season and it is tough to say what will happen. All I can do is keep
trying to grow my game and enjoy my time here and when the time comes make a right
Can you imagine there is chance
you could play for other NHL team?
I think yeah it depends what happens with Colorado and what other
teams come with. It is something that is out of my control really. I trust
to my agent to make the best decision. Obviously I love to wear Colorado jersey,
but it is a business too. I can only like control what I am doing
here now: play hockey and getting better and better each day.
If you were re-joined the
Avalanche, what will be the next goal for the team?
Personally it is to win the Stanley Cup. The team is on the right direction,
still young. But we are learning how to grow together and play right way. Take
each game as serious as can. Getting in the playoffs and try to win series and
hoist the Stanley Cup.
Are you in the contact with some
Yeah, I talked to players what is going. It is difficult being
in Russia and communicates with them. Time changes... It is nice to hear from
guys how are they doing.
Are you in the contact with
someone from the Avalanche management?
What do you think about lockout?
It is tough to say. It is kind when I am going to sleep the negotiating
is going on and when I wake up find out what is happen. Good thing and bad
things are happening. I think players and owners are pushing, it is kind
of pulling together trying to deal one. Definitely for the fans they deserve a game.
As players we want to play. Owners want to put on. It is something I started
realized that we are in the hockey season and it is not the same without NHL.
Do you think the lockout will end
in the next week?
It makes the next week very important. Hopefully they do come towards
more and we can make finally deal. As players we have to make stand. We give
them much. Make sure a fair deal that help both sides and have still great
games for fans.
Do you think your teammate Evgeni
Malkin is the current best hockey player?
Yes. I think we played 6-7 games. He is definitely one of the best
players I have ever seen. It is very nice to be on the team with him beside
of playing against him and trying to stop him. He is ap henomenal talent.
How is doing your injured older
brother and teammate Cal?
He is doing well, recovering. He has injury that sat him back, but he is
getting better, more mobile now, hopefully he will return soon.
What do you think about
It is great move. Landeskog is a great guy. There are a lot of guys
who can step this captaincy role. He always finishes checks every shift, shots
pucks, does little things right. I think it stands out as much doing at the
young age. It is great thing give him a captaincy.
David Puchovsky, Slovakia, email@example.com
06/01/2013 - 00:00