Briere switches squads in Bern

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

BERN, Switzerland -- A Worldstar one night. A Bern Bear the next. Daniel Briere played for the travelling team in Prague Monday and will switch squads to play against the Worldstars here tonight.

"They must have thought I didn't play very well in Prague. They traded me the next day," he told Swiss writers at a press conference.

Briere says he doesn't know how well he'll play tonight.

"You know the travel has been very tough," he laughed. "This is the first time I've been on a plane this year."

Briere says the great thing about playing in Switzerland with the eighth-place Bern team in the 12-team league is that he's been home no later than 3 1/2 hours after any road game.

"It's been fun. I don't regret it for a second. I have my family here and nothing to complain about," he said.

"I'm home with my wife every night and I've spent more time with my family than ever before."

Briere and Dany Heatley came here as a pair to continue the experience they had playing together and winning a gold medal for Canada at the IIHF World Championships in Prague last year.

When Heatley was injured he was replaced by Marc Savard, who was shipped home by coach Alpo Suhonen after poor play.

"If you come here and see it as a vacation and just something to do to keep in shape, I don't think it's right," said Briere.

The first thing Dany and I decided when we came here was that we weren't going to come over and play half-assed.

"It just didn't work out for Marc. He didn't play very well."

It was Briere who talked IMG into bringing a stop on the tour to Bern.

"I'm happy the tour stopped here. All the Worldstars players were amazed at the atmosphere in Pilsen.

"I told them it isn't half of what they'll experience here in Bern," he said of playing before 14,000 fans who he predicts will give them an environment that will be the highlight of their trip.


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