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P.K. Subban shares “Suck it, Prongs” story with Jim Rome

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is aware he’s become a polarizing figure in the NHL with opinions varying from love to hate, and the Norris Trophy winner is just fine with it. The 25-year old says it’s part of playing for the oldest professional hockey franchise in the world.

“Playing in Montreal, there’s no shortage of accolades or attention here,” Subban told The Jim Rome Show. “There’s a lot of attention and you’re playing under a microscope which is fine with me, I mean, I’m comfortable with that. So, I know with that comes a lot of different opinions, a lot of articles, a lot of newspapers clippings, there’s going to be a lot of things written about you and that’s okay. I mean, I’m fine with that whether it’s negative or positive; I’ll just take it in stride.”

The Olympic gold medal winner is more focused on his on-ice production and helping his team contend for a Stanley Cup.

“I want to take care of what I can control and that’s playing hockey and helping my team win,” said Subban. “There are a couple things that I’d like to get, and a Stanley Cup being probably the most important on my list, and I haven’t gotten that yet so there’s still a lot of work left to be done.”

Subban also clarified the story of his first on-ice interaction with former defenseman Chris Pronger and says, as a rookie, he did not challenge the former All-Star to a fight.

“I think I maybe shot my mouth off more than I should have, but I don’t know if it would be smart to challenge him to a fight, that definitely didn’t happen, but I wasn’t going to back down from him,” said Subban. “I do remember that first game and getting up in his face; he told me my ‘breath smelt bad’ so I’ll always remember that.”

Asked if he did in fact say “Suck it, Prongs” to Pronger the next game, Subban confirmed.

“Yeah, I did, I did. Probably one of the things I’d like to take back,” Subban laughed. “Probably not a guy you’d want to say that too. But unfortunately for him his career was cut a little bit short with an eye injury. But I don’t know, I actually worked an event two summers ago in Saskatchewan with him, I got to know him, that’s the first time I really got to talk to him off the ice and that never came up so hopefully he’s forgotten about that.”

  • P. K. Subban
  • Mar 11th 2015

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