Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/09/10 at 11:41 PM ET
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
When he (P.K. Subban) returns, hopefully it will be with no personality at all. Never will he speak another interesting thought, if he knows what’s good for him. He will spout cliches in the style of Jason Spezza or Richards or Dion Phaneuf or, yes, Ryan Kesler — and when asked what he has learned from his benching, he will say: “It’s not about me, it’s about the team.”
He will remain black on the outside, but as colourless, for all that, as everyone else in a game that has pretty much hammered all individuality out of its players, and values vanilla above all other flavours.
Talkativeness is held to be a character flaw in hockey, and our juniors learn this before they’ve ever set foot in the pros. Our heroes have been Bobby Orr, who preferred not to speak at all, Wayne Gretzky, who was pleasant but instinctively uncontroversial, Mario Lemieux — who hid from the public until he needed help building his arena, then quickly ducked back under cover — and now Sid The Kid, whose next verbal revelation will be his first.
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