Barons defenseman Kirill Tulupov discusses scoring a game-winning goal, his style of play and growing up in Russia.
How thrilling was it to score your first goal of the season in the Barons' last game, a 2-1 win over Abbotsford?
It was more than a goal. It was a game-winner and helped the team achieve what we are heading for. It was a special moment, but I was thinking more for the team than myself.
Why are the Barons playing so well?
The way we stick up for each other and how we battle for each other, it's simply amazing. Everybody is on the same page. Even the skilled guys that have to do all of the skilled pretty things, they are ones battling and throwing bodies. We have learned to be a team, one unit together. We really have a good chemistry with the coaches.
Describe your style of play?
Mean, hard to play against, right in your face, don't mess around, this kind of player. I also have the skills to make the pretty plays.
What do you miss most about your homeland of Russia?
To tell you the truth I miss Russian food and the family. I really miss Russian girls and how pretty they are. And I miss talking in the Russian language.
So you prefer Russian girls over American girls?
I never said that. You always miss whatever is not next to you.
Is there a certain Russian dish you miss the most?
No. At home, my mother and sister would cook for me and do an extra good job for me. I kind of miss that attention. Now I have to cook everything for myself.
Have you prepared any Russian dishes for your teammates?
I tried once. It was kind of Russian pancakes. I tried it and it didn't work out.
Do you have a favorite American dish?
The way you guys cook steaks is just amazing.
What do you miss the least about Russia?
Probably the weather.
You have an interesting YouTube video of your summer workout in Russia. Why did you make and post that?
It's actually something that my father did. He filmed me at home. It was for his personal home view because he doesn't get to see me a lot and he actually misses me. He wanted to show it to me (and) figured out he could use YouTube. Actually, it worked out nice. It gives me a reputation and I don't mind having one.
When you are not at the ice rink, where do you like to hang out in Oklahoma City?
I really like Oklahoma City. The weather is really enjoyable. I like Bricktown a lot. Everything is made from brick and this is the Russian way of making things, too.