Sibling rivalry? Mom pulls the jersey out of the wardrobe – Extraliga – Hockey – Sports

Father, uncle, older and two younger siblings. Michael Brodzinski (25) knew from an early age that he would not be a baseball player. Hockey dominates the family DNA.

“My parents have suffered greatly with us. My brothers and I believed we would be the best in the world. And we behaved accordingly, “smiles the new reinforcement of the Bratislava Slav.

For the American defender, the winning debut with Detva (4: 1) was the first duel in nine months.

Are you tired?

Yes, but I thought it would be worse. I probably won’t miss a smaller muscle… I enjoyed the match, we won and it counts. The opponent of two thirds put up resistance, the goalkeeper caught him well. It took me a while to get used to the wider rink. I can say with certainty that European hockey is different from overseas.

In what?

It’s calmer, not so hectic. Players are more patient with the pass, waiting for the right moment. In America, it’s more about movement, which is of course given by smaller areas.

Weren’t you afraid that your performance would be affected by a break without matches?

Despite the circumstances now happening around the world, I did not drop out of training. I trained three or four times a week and kept in shape. They called me from Slovan last week, in three days I was already on a plane.

What did you know about Slovakia before arrival?

There wasn’t much. I called a few acquaintances who have experience in Europe. They provided me with useful references and it turned out that Bratislava would be a good opportunity for me. The club celebrates the centenary, has the highest goals. That also contributed to my decision.

What was it like growing up in a hockey family?

We had a lot of fun. We were constantly catching up, calculating statistics and wanting to be better from each other. We train together with our brothers during the summer, there is not much of the competition. Sibling rivalry must be.

You are the only defender in the family, the siblings are playing in the attack. Didn’t you want offensive statistics?

I entered adolescence as an attacker. Then the coaches suggested a change and I agreed. I found myself in defense. I like the longer minutes and the fact that I can create a game from behind. Although I’m not one of the top players, physical play on the defensive doesn’t bother me.

You competed against your older brother at the NCAA University. Did you allow him more than other opponents?

No, I didn’t give him anything on the ice. But you know it – you will always be happy if your family succeeds. When he scored and was not on the ice, I was looking forward to it inside with him. We were drafted into the NHL in the same round. I enjoyed his success more than I did. Even when he made his profile debut. I haven’t been able to do that yet.

What did the parents experience when their sons opposed each other?

It wasn’t easy, but we felt their support. Mom had a jersey made of one half the color of the University of Minnesota and the other the insignia of the University of St. Cloud. The label was the same – Brodzinski. Now the younger brothers play for the same schools. She was pleased that she could pull the jersey out of the closet again.

In addition to hockey, your father also taught you the secrets of hunting. We read that you did not use firearms…

We went to the lakes at the grandparents’ cottage. The moments spent in nature helped us when we wanted to take a break from hockey. My father taught us to bow, especially deer and ducks. I learned patience in doing so. When I need it, I will also use it on ice.

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