P.K. Subban hopes to be the reason that Boston has a no good, very bad New Year’s Day.
The Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman will be in New England on Jan. 1 to face the Boston Bruins in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium.
“The city of Boston will always have a special place in my heart,’’ Subban said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz Show on Wednesday. “But every time I step on the ice at the TD Garden, I look to spoil the fun for the whole city.’’
The 26-year-old Subban understands the feeling is mutual, especially after he helped eliminate the Bruins in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs with four goals and three assists. That elbow to the head of David Krejci in 2012 didn’t likely earn him many friends in Boston either.
“It’s one of those things where it’s a lot of respect as well,’’ Subban said. “For players that get booed, I think the majority of them anyway, and I’ve had to go my whole career understanding when I go into most NHL arenas everywhere, I’m going to be booed. It’s just something you get used to. I have no problem being that type of player that fans love to hate. At the end of the day, it just gets me going even more, and that’s the way I approach it.’’
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Given the number of seats at Gillette Stadium, the boos heard by Subban and the Canadiens during the Winter Classic may make the welcome they generally receive at TD Garden seen downright hospitable.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,’’ Subban said of the Winter Classic. “You talk about Original Six teams, in Boston, Gillette Stadium, 70,000-plus fans. This is something that’s tremendously special and to be able to do something like this with charity around it just makes it that much more special.’’
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