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This Is P.K. Subban

from ESPN,

P.K. Subban is going to be himself, on and off the ice. Period. Now he just doesn't have to defend himself for being a distraction or, even worse, a loser, because his Nashville Predators are in the Stanley Cup finals.

"There's over 700 players in the National Hockey League, and if all of them sound the same, to me that's boring," Subban said in an interview for ESPN's E:60, which will air on Sunday.

"I'm young, so I still want to be cool. I still want to have a certain style. I want to be distinct. I'm not afraid to be different from everyone else. That's me."

That hasn't always worked for everyone. As far back as Mites, Subban was unusual because of his talent, his exuberance and the color of his skin. There weren't a lot of black faces in the pictures of the teams he was on in Canada over the years. Subban's relentless competitiveness and frequent celebrations rubbed some people the wrong way.

"I don't think a lot of people had a lot of good things to say about myself or my family and that's a shame because I don't really know what we did wrong," Subban said.

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Subban will be featured on E:60 Sunday morning, more below...

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Primis's avatar

I know not absolutely everyone likes Subban, but even after reading this article I’m not convinced PK has the resistance from the NHL fanbase in general that some want to make it out to be.  Fans around the league seem to generally like the guy.

That’s not to say he doesn’t get flak, and that MTL wasn’t probably fairly racist towards him.

But it sure seems like there were 29 fanbases outside of MTL that really wanted the guy to come to their team.  I think NAS was hardly the only place that would have embraced him.  They came up with two quotes for the article speaking against him, one of which was from 2010, and the other one, well:

Veteran enforcer John Scott, who took a much different route to the NHL, still doesn’t have anything nice to say about Subban.

“I don’t like him. I think on the ice he’s a piece of garbage,” he told E:60. “Perceived as a like a hotshot, this guy who thinks he’s better than everybody.”

Now, what the $#&*( is *THIS* stuff?  There is genuinely no way Scott comes off well or ok from this quote.

The bigger question here, of course, is:  Why is ESPN asking to interview John freaking Scott for this piece?  Who is, or ever was, John Scott, honestly?  They may as well have asked the zamboni driver in Anaheim for his opinion while they were at it.  Or… was it really *that* hard to find someone willing to speak out against Subban that they had to call up a retired goon who probably spent his entire career wishing he could be the defenseman Subban is?


Man, I have a tough time hoping for NAS to hoist a Cup, but seeing MTL’s reaction to it might really make it worth it.

Posted by Primis on 05/25/17 at 12:52 PM ET

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Man, I have a tough time hoping for NAS to hoist a Cup, but seeing MTL’s reaction to it might really make it worth it.

Agreed, and I’m a Habs fan. I still hate this trade, and I would love to see P.K. parade the Cup outside of Therrien’s house.

Posted by Squarewheels from The Land of Unhealthy Scratching on 05/25/17 at 01:10 PM ET

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P. K. Subban does so much for his communities (both Montreal and Nashville) that I admire him.  Sure, he is brash and showboats at times.  He played very sound defensive hockey so far in the playoffs.  It would serve the bigot right if, during his day with the cup, Subban only took it to minority areas of Montreal.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 05/25/17 at 01:28 PM ET

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I like the guy - it’s hard not to.

But I will admit that sometimes I’ve seen interviews where he gets so wound-up
that, by the third or fourth “at the end of the day”, making a commonplace observation
as if he were the first to ever express it, I just want to say to him: pretty much everyone likes
you; you have a warmth and a genuineness and spark that is pretty hard to deny…but you
could maybe stand to dial it back a half-notch?

To me, he’s bright, does have something to say, does have substance, as a player
and a person and a philanthropist. I think he’s genuine.

So, like with anyone who is already getting attention for all the right reasons, but who kind of
out of natural exuberance can go a little overboard trying to attract attention they would attract
anyway, I can get a little exhausted and want to take a step back or a break from that person.

Maybe that’s how the more reserved guys in the Montreal locker room felt - just a little
exhausted at so much exuberance and extroversion from one guy. I hope it was nothing worse
than that, because look at where he is now and look at where they are.

No doubt a few people are just racists and haters. To hell with them. PK is going to be an important
and visible player and a winner in the league for a long time. And the man has done a lot of good - a lot!

And seriously….John Scott? I made the mistake of reading his post in the players’ tribune and
he came off, in his own words, as a petulant bully and jerk. Whenever someone says something
as overheated as his reaction to Subban, it almost always reflects more on the speaker than on his
intended target.

I’m cheering for Nashville and PK is a good part of their story.

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/25/17 at 04:52 PM ET

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I hated Subban “just because” until I heard him speak about his charities and about life in general. He’s extremely articulate and a true gentleman.

But when he starts talking about his role in hockey, he loses me. He’s way too full of himself and he goes way overboard trying to carve out a spot as “the coolest player in the NHL.”

And after watching him in the playoffs, I’m really not that impressed with him as a hockey player. He makes some of the same dumb-ass decisions with the puck that we’ve all ragged on Brendan Smith for. Because of that, the odds of him being the reason the Preds win the Cup are just about the same as the odds of him being the reason they lose the Cup.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/25/17 at 06:41 PM ET

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