Talking the talk: these stars shine bright because their tongues glean with silver. Who are the best quipsters in the NHL today?
KING OF THE QUOTE
> P.K. SUBBAN
Subban earns the crown on sheer volume. He never runs out of things to say, and he cranks up the comedy. His piece
de resistance: claiming he’d use Listerine in the 2017 Stanley Cup final after Sidney Crosby allegedly told Subban his breath stank. Later, Subban revealed he had made up the whole exchange.
> EVGENY KUZNETSOV
A language barrier may be to blame, but we don’t care. Kuznetsov brings the heat with his unrivalled bluntness. Asked early in 2018-19 if he considered himself a top-five player in the league, he snuffed out the question with, “I don’t give a s--- about that.” Never change, ‘Kuzy.’
The Jets’ star sniper has become quite the troll artist. After the Vancouver Canucks banned players from playing the addictive video game
Fortnite on the road, Laine said, “They needed something to blame after last year,” and that the Jets should discard their PlayStations if they start playing like the Canucks. Shots fired on and off the ice!
> JOHN TORTORELLA There’s no more quotable coach in hockey today than ‘Torts’ or, more specifically, the enraged, post-loss version of him. He keeps things short and not-so-sweet, ensuring the media understands how badly his team “stunk” before storming away. Bring a stopwatch to his pressers, as he’s seemingly always trying to break his own unofficial record for shortest session.
> PAUL MAURICE No one says more with less. Maurice, the NHL’s wittiest coach, comes up with a few golden one-liners every season. After some San Jose Sharks players criticized the city of Winnipeg as a hated road destination last year, Maurice put them in their place: “I don’t think any coach, any player, trainer, referee should ever complain about a day in the National Hockey League.”
> ROBERTO LUONGO Luongo is as well spoken as any player in the game, but he really lords above the pack on Twitter. His account, @strombone1, churns out funny remarks and, most famously, self-deprecating tweets when he has a bad night in net.