SHL Digest: We’re here with one of the SHL’s most veteran players, Vladimir Beruscko. Thanks for speaking with us, Vladimir!
Vladimir Beruschko: It is my pleasure.
SHLD: So, your team is off to another strong start, with the league’s best record. Do you consider yourselves the favorite to repeat as champions?
VB: (laughs) No, no. Coach [Ron] Wright would kill me if I said such a thing.
SHLD: He doesn’t want you to consider yourselves the favorite?
VB: He says that to be the favorite is a curse. You get soft and lose your edge. To be hungry, to hustle, this makes a champion. This is why Coach Wright does not like to be the favorite.
SHLD: But you’re a very talented team. You have the best goal differential in the league. Arguably, you have the best goalie in the league.
VB: No, no argument! The Bear [Dirk Lundquist] is the best.
SHLD: Well, if you aren’t the favorite, who is?
VB: Anchorage is a very good team. Dakota is very good, score a lot of goals. Washington and Hershey, both good. We take nothing for granted.
SHLD: Fair enough! So, you’re one of the older players in the league.
VB: Yes, I am old man. More grey hairs every day.
SHLD: Your production has dipped the last couple of seasons, and some have suggested that you might be nearing the end of the road. Are you thinking about retirement at all?
VB: Absolutely not! I feel young, still, even though I am old. I am good with the passes and good with the defense. I think maybe I will play until I am 50.
SHLD: We hope you do! One more question: One of the things you’re best known for in the league is your feud with Petey the Polar Bear. That’s been quiet lately. Any chance it might heat up again, especially if you and Anchorage are battling for the division again?
VB: No, no. no. Petey and me good now. Petey my friend. When I see Petey, I blow him kisses. Happy times.
SHLD: Glad to hear it! Well, thanks for the chat, and good luck the rest of the season!
VB: Thanks, I will try for that.