While he was taking off his pads after practice on Wednesday, Ilya Bryzgalov engaged in some random banter with reporters.

It was entertaining, if bizarre, stuff.

When asked what he would have done if he hadn't become a professional hockey goalie, Bryzgalov didn't hesitate.

"Astronaut," he said quickly.

The media pack sort of blinked back at him. No one was sure whether he was kidding. He wasn't.

"No, seriously," he added.