from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The Razza-ma-Naz volume has been turned down.
Once unable to stop himself, either on ice with excitable antics in the heat of battle or from a barbed quote when a mic or notepad was near, Nazem Kadri returned to Toronto as a Stanley Cup winner Saturday, exhibiting the cool demeanor of a champion. That might also be down to the natural maturation of a 32-year-old NHLer, now a husband and father.
He reached a career pinnacle six months ago, lifting the Cup with Colorado, inviting his many critics as a Leaf playoff liability to smooch his derriere. But that was it for bravado, his day with the trophy was mostly in his hometown of London, a low key stop in T.O., then back to business as a big-ticket free agent with Calgary. There was no jewelled ring finger when he met the media pre-game on Saturday.
“You walk a little bit taller everywhere (not just Scotiabank Arena),” Kadri said before his first-period goal in an overtime loss. “But it’s something I worked very hard for. Nice to get that out of the way. Being a champion is special.”
He had been back to SBA with the Avs, but joked this would be “an expensive night” with so many ticket requests.
No. No way.
Kadri the hockey player at least is still a total POS. He hasn’t matured one single bit and probably still deserves a major beat down on the ice.
Just this past week he speared Elvis Merzlikins - guess where. The quote from Merzlikins was that it hurt so much he didn’t really keep track of where the puck was and was lucky to end up sort of covering it.
I’m sure there are some bigots who have expressed stupid prejudice toward Kadri. There are people like that everywhere.
But I don’t think most people care about a hockey players identity or religion. I could do without media promoting him for having a certain religion just as obviously I wish ignorant people wouldn’t give him a hard time for it. But as a hockey player he’s still a dirty POS.
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