Barons hockey: Defenseman Kirill Tulupov a fan of American steaks and weather

Barons defenseman Kirill Tulupov says he misses a lot of things about Russia — food, family and the language. But he's doing just fine on the ice, scoring the game-winner in the Barons' last game.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: February 16, 2012

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.