P.K. Subban says announcers can ‘just start calling me Denzel’

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has some fun with the media.
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Every once in a while in a postgame media scrum, there’s an off-the-wall question that takes a turn away from talking about the actual game.

Such was the case when a reporter asked Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban how he felt about the way that French-language broadcasters pronounced his name.

Not that the question is that far out of left field, given recent news that a French-language group wants his name permanently pronounced en francais (PAY-kah) instead of the English way.

Some were less than amused by this line of questioning.

Subban himself, however, took the quirky question particularly well. He said that he thought the pronunciation was "tres bien," even "kind of sexy." Then he said through a big smile: "Just start calling me Denzel."

This one will probably light up the Habs’ Twitter account for the rest of the season.

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