Ilya Bryzgalov: full-time dad, mathematician, media member

Ilya Bryzgalov is a Stanley Cup champion. Many people forget that. In fact, he was pretty important to the Anaheim Ducks run for the Cup.

Before the end of the regular season, J.S. Giguere became a new dad. When his infant son experienced medical issues, Jiggy took time away from the rink. That’s when Bryz stepped in.

In the first round against the Minnesota Wild, Bryzgalov was 4-1, and Giguere returned to his spot as the No. 1 goalie in the second round.

Ten years later, Bryzgalov is still in awe – in his own Bryzgalov way – of all that the team accomplished.

“We’re going to walk for rest of life together,” said Bryzgalov at the Ducks 2007 reunion. “It’s a huge accomplishment to win the Stanley Cup. It’s nice.”

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Fan hit by Beauchemin’s shot: Happy he took puck to face, nephews didn’t

Earlier Saturday, we wrote about a freak accident when Francois Beauchemin inadvertently shot the puck through the camera slot in the glass and struck a fan in his seat at Joe Louis Arena.

The Colorado Avalanche defenseman rushed to get the man a towel. The fan, whose name is David, was bloodied but fine.

David also happens to be a Puck Daddy reader! He was kind enough to drop us an email later in the day:

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Brian Burke on building 2007 Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup champs

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brian Burke had been out of work for over a year when he heard the Anaheim Ducks were interested in interviewing him for the general manager position.

“After I went through the interview process I desperately wanted the job,” said Burke at the Ducks 2007 Cup reunion on Sunday. “Fortunately it worked out. They brought me in and things went really from the start.”

Burke was hired in July 2005. He inherited a good, but not great, roster from former general manager Bryan Murray. Before he started making changes to the roster, Burke brought in help in the form of now-Ducks general manager Bob Murray.

“We brought Bob Murray in,” said Burke in an interview with Puck Daddy. “Bob Murray is the key part of everything I did here, or we did here.”

Together, Burke and Murray got to work.

“We evaluated the roster, said we’ve got to totally upgrade the [defense],” said Burke, “the goaltending is fine with [J.S. Giguere] and [Ilya Bryzgalov]. Forwards there’s some pieces there that make sense, some that don’t. But No. 1 was that we had to upgrade the D.

“Bryan [Murray] left some marvelous pieces, but there’s not one defenseman whose name is on the Cup that was here when I took over.

“We brought in a whole new group: [Chris] Pronger, [Scott] Niedermayer, [Kent] Huskins, [Sean] O’Donnell. We brought in [Francois] Beauchemin.”

During the pre-game ceremony honoring the Cup winning team, Burke told a story about the team acquiring Beauchemin.

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Dani Rylan, NWHL commissioner, opens up about scandalous offseason

In March 2016, the first ‘leaked’ National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) emails made their way to the inboxes of several women’s hockey writers. Others followed. They alleged unpaid debts, mismanagement behind the scenes and general chaos for the first-year league.

How did NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan feel about this campaign?

“Someone has a lot of time on their hands to try and undermine the NWHL and all the hard work we’ve put into this league,” she said in an interview with Puck Daddy. “I would much prefer to actually handle a problem someone has with me rather than hear about it through a blog post.”

What a difference a year makes.

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Jenny Scrivens retires; opting for family over ‘dream job’

Jenny Scrivens checked her phone as the text message arrived. It read: “I have this crazy idea. Call me when you get a minute.”

It was from Dani Rylan, then-New York Riveters general manager and National Women’s Hockey League commissioner.

It was July 2015. A week earlier, Scrivens joined on to the newly formed – and very much a startup – NWHL to work on public relations for the league remotely from her home in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lived with her husband, Ben, who was a goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers at the time.

This ‘crazy idea’ text from Rylan marked the first of several Scrivens would receive as a part of the NWHL.

This time, though, it was about her. The Riveters had one goaltending spot open on their roster. Rylan wanted Scrivens to fill it.

“I kind of laughed it off at first,” said Scrivens in an interview with Puck Daddy. “I haven’t played in six years. I’m not at this level … Yoga and walking my dog does not a hockey player make.”

She told Rylan she’d think about it. She didn’t even mention it to Ben until the next night when it popped into her mind while getting ready for bed, saying, “So, Dani has this crazy idea, and I talked to her on the phone. I have chance to play hockey in Brooklyn next year.’ I laughed … and rolled my eyes.

Ben’s reaction? He said, “Well, why not? You should do it.” She has a pretty good idea of what he’s going to say most times, but that wasn’t the answer she expected from him.

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