Toronto Sun sports writer Steve Simmons said something on TSN’s Off The Record the other day that I agree wholeheartedly with.
Host Michael Landsberg asked Simmons if he thought PK Subban, after all the Don Cherry/Mike Richards flak, should change his ways.
Simmons shook his head and said no way, the NHL is full of mostly dull, boring talking heads, who are all cut from the same cloth with rehearsed and homogenized answers to questions, who tow the party line like ducks swimming behind each other.
Simmons said PK doesn’t fit this mold at all and its a good thing. Let him be an individual, let him show exhuberance and be full of beans. Don’t harness a rare type of player in the league – one with a healthy cockiness and is full of vim and vigour.
In this day and age players are taught how to answer questions from the media, how to dress, how to look, walk, and when not to wear their baseball caps backward. They’re like cardboard stand-ups. We have enough of these and it’s nice when we get a different personality for a change.
I probably wouldn’t know most of the players today if they were in my living room. Of course I’d need a big living room but that’s beside the point. It’s like a league full of players from a George Orwell novel.
PK Subban, as young as he is, is a flashback to another time, and hockey as a whole needs a kid like this. Imagine if every player was the same?