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This is Russia: Life in the KHL - Doctors, bazas and millions of air miles (English Edition)

This is Russia: Life in the KHL - Doctors, bazas and millions of air miles (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Bernd Bruckler , Risto Pakarinen
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The Kontinentalnaya Hokkeynaya Liga (KHL), founded in 2008, has quickly established itself as the second best league in the world, behind only the National Hockey League.

Bernd Brückler spent two seasons playing for Torpedo Nizhny Novogorod, and a season with Sibir Novosibirsk in Siberia. In his memoir, he tells us what it's like to be an import player in Russia, and the challenges he faced with the language, the culture, and the game.

He tells stories about life at the "baza", a training base, and how they'd have to spend big parts of the season away from their families. (Unless they sneak out). His driver was also his buddy and a bodyguard. There's the travel, with hours upon hours on planes that are often antiquated, and there are the teammates, the doctors, the pills, the training camps, the saunas, and the money, oh, the money.

"What an awesome book. If you're a hockey fan, you will love it."
- Thomas Vanek, New York Islanders

"This story has heart and soul. As a reader you can really appreciate the inside stories about Russia, through the eyes of a westerner."
- Joe Laimer, coach, ATSE Hockey Club Graz

"It's been a long time since I have thoroughly enjoyed a book so much."
- Michael Lorber, sports journalist, Kleine Zeitung, Austria

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Bernd Brückler is an Austrian professional hockey player, the Philadelphia Flyers fifth-round pick in 2001, and a WCHA All-American in 2004.

Risto Pakarinen is a Finnish freelance hockey writer, and an author of two previous books on hockey. He's been published on,,, and in The Hockey News, among other publications.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 248 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1494379287
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book I've ever read 28. Dezember 2013
Von Simone
If you like hockey, you will love this book - I promise! Bernd wrote about his exciting and awesome time in Russia and what he experienced is incredible! Sometimes I sit on my sofa, reading this book and thinking "hahaha I can't believe, that this really happened". This book gives you an insight into the hockey life in Russia. No doubt - for me it's the best book I've ever read and thats not only because I play and love hockey, too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Red-Light winner 7. Juni 2014
Von Diana Sprain - Veröffentlicht auf
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I found this by accident and took a chance. Bernd Bruckler's book ended far took quickly for my liking and I thoroughly enjoyed his takes of goaltending in Russia and Europe. I loved his tales of dealing with former USSR personalities in a new-age Russia. Bernd runs the gauntlet of avoiding over zealous doctors, old-time hockey traditions, corruption, fame, red-tape, and language barriers to play the game he loves.

Don't miss this book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for all hockey fans 11. Februar 2014
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This book has something for everyone, if you love hockey and history too. Bernd Bruckler provides a rare peek, behind the curtain, of the life of a hockey professional in Russia. It is clearly written, engaging and insightful. He brings you with him, not only inside the KHL but also on his journey as a young player in Austria, playing junior hockey in Canada and then college hockey in Wisconsin. If you play hockey, you will be inspired and encouraged to work hard, and never give up.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "This is Russia" ... 25. Januar 2014
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I've only been to Russia once, but I've spent quite a lot of time in China, which is another place about which both foreigners and locals explain things by shaking their heads and saying, "This is China/Russia." Because there's no other way to explain it. [And in the book, the explanation "This is Russia" is one often given to Bruckler by his Russian teammates, when he queries something strange he has seen or experienced.]

In his account – with journalist Risto Pakarinen – of three years playing for two teams in Russia's professional ice hockey league, Austrian goaltender Bernd Bruckler covers not only his on-ice life as a goaltender-for-hire, but also pulls back the curtain on life as a "VIP" professional athlete in the crazy place that is modern Russia. We hear about the Soviet-style training camps, the garbage bags of cash handed over on payday, the 2011 air crash that killed all but one member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team (Bruckler played for another team, but his predecessor on that team had moved to the ill-fated Lokomotiv Yaroslavl during the offseason), and the tenuous hold players have on their jobs.

The story is fast-paced, and (for me) provided just the right amount of detail, and more than a few laughs (which did not come from a balloon full of nitrous oxide – a joke you'll have to read the book to get). As another reviewer has said, you don't have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book. This is a story about a man who takes a job in a foreign land, has some good experiences and bad ones, makes some money, gets screwed over, and survives with his sense of humor intact. Recommended!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent story of life in the KHL 25. Mai 2014
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This book gets an A+ for being extremely entertaining and informative of what life is like today for a professional hockey player living in Russia and playing in the KHL. The info about the poor conditions in many Russian hospitals and horrible traffic in major cities like Moscow are of interest to all; not only hockey fans.
I would like to read other candid biographies about life in Russia from other KHL players.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent true account of not just hockey but the life and culture in current Russia 24. Mai 2014
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This book takes place only a few years ago, but from hearing some of what happens in Russia, it feels like an older time. Mr. Bruckler weaves a good combination of the details of playing professional hockey along with tidbits about simply existing and getting day-to-day stuff done in a foreign land - especially one as unique as Russia.

I found it a very enjoyable read, never slow, and always from the perspective of someone who is enjoying what he is doing.

You don't need to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book, although that makes it even more enjoyable.
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