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P.K. Subban Is Good For Our Game

from Shannon Proudfoot of Sportsnet,

P.K. Subban has already polished off an impressive quantity of high-end sashimi when he finally starts to sound ticked off and refreshingly real. “What have you done?” he asks forcefully. “What puts you in a position where you can take shots at my character? What makes you such a great person?”

The Canadiens defenceman is sitting on the opposite side of a spacious booth in his favourite restaurant in Westmount, a suburb of Montreal, and he sounds so offended I almost assure him that I haven’t criticized him. But Subban isn’t really talking to me. He’s talking to “them”—the ones who pick apart who he is and how he operates, convinced they know the score. Go ahead and criticize his game, how he’s trying to do too much on the ice or whatever—that’s all fine. “But you take a shot at my character, that’s something completely different,” he says. “And I don’t have to listen to that.”

Subban is renowned for being unwilling or unable to turn down his own volume. It’s why the Norris Trophy winner has run afoul, again and again, of the harrumphing defenders of hockey’s honour. The criticism of him basically amounts to him having too much fun chasing down his insatiable goal to be the best, and not choosing his words and thoughts from a list of pre-approved options. And that’s why Subban is exactly what the NHL needs now—badly.


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DocF's avatar

Subban is a great hockey player right now.  He can get better and is determined to do so.  He is an even better human being.  Those who criticize him just plain do not understand.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 12/13/15 at 10:13 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I don’t get all the hate about PK either.
He’s one of the most entertaining players on and off the ice.
I for one really appreciate his quotes when listening to Ice Caps on my drive into work.
Unlike cardboard box cutouts like Jonathan Toews, who has a Rolodex of tired cliche’s handy to answer questions, PK talks like a human being.

Over the last 10 years I’ve really grown tired of the hockey establishment forcing dull, gray overtones on everything about the game.
You can’t celebrate too loudly. You can’t say anything that’s outside of a cliche. You can’t have fun playing this game.

The NHL desperately needs some fresh clean air breathed into it.
Time to say goodbye to the robots of the past. We need more Esposito’s and Subban’s.

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/14/15 at 08:19 AM ET

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