Defenseman P.K. Subban made an immediate impact in his return to the Montreal Canadiens line-up this weekend after a lengthy contract squabble. Not only did he have a pair of assists in wins over Buffalo and Ottawa, he also organized the team's Super Bowl party on Sunday night.
But not everyone was in a partying mood.
Don Cherry and P.J. Stock of Hockey Night in Canada, and Sportsnet's Doug MacLean separately criticized Subban for what has been described as an irreverent and unconventional gathering of friends to watch a football game. The commentators slammed Subban's choices of food, decor and hospitality as self-centered and harmful to team chemistry.
"The Super Bowl party was a wrong, wrong, wrong... and not the way it was supposed to be," Cherry told co-host Ron MacLean during a Coach's Corner production meeting. "I told these guys when they were in junior - you just can't do silly things at a team Super Bowl party. You're supposed to watch the game as a team, eat chicken wings as a team, drink beer as a team and have a pool as a team and that's it.
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