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April 15, 2014 | 3:20pm ET
Hockey needs more Subbans
By Adrienne Middlebrook, TheFourthPeriod.com

The moment Montreal Canadiens' defenceman P.K. Subban tugged on his jersey to extenuate the Habs logo, I knew there was going to be trouble.

After scoring the game-winning goal in a victory over the Ottawa Senators back in January, Subban expressed his excitement by racing back to his bench and tugging at the Habs crest.

"They key word there is unnecessary," Senators goaltender Craig Anderson told reporters, at the time, after being asked about Subban's celebration.

Anderson isn't Subban's only critic.

The 24-year-old is one of the NHL's most known characters, often criticized by "over-zealous" goal celebrations and talking too much on the ice. Don Cherry was quick to call the celebration in Ottawa "ridiculous."

Despite the critics, Subban is exactly the kind of personality hockey needs.

Although dirty-dangle type goals are always sure to make highlight reels, so are moments like Subban's celebration, and rebuttals such as Anderson's.

Watching clips of personalities from other major league sports makes me realize how boring and rehearsed hockey players can actually be. When players steer away from the script is when people start talking.

Think about what that could do for markets that lack visibility. Imagine Subban in Phoenix.

While many die-hard hockey fans may cry "distraction" next time Subban tugs his jersey, just remember that the Habs are currently the only Canadian team making a playoffs appearance this season.

This can only mean Subban's antics -- if you can even call them that -- are less of a distraction than one may claim.


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