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Video – Adam Burish: "Chris Pronger is the biggest idiot in the league."

Jun 10, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT


My initial thoughts on this?

This is just Adam Burish being himself, in a state of joy and for some reason uncontrolled honesty. What’s interesting about Burish calling out Pronger like this is that while Pronger was playing near 30 minutes a night, he was seeing very limited playing time and was scratched more often than not.

That being said, it’s incredibly entertaining but in the end a bit classless. This wasn’t the moment or the time to rub your opponent’s face in the mud, as you skate around their home arena with the Stanley Cup lifted over your head. Sure, the Hawks weren’t happy with how Pronger played but sometimes you just have to take the high road.

I’m sure the Hawks PR staff nearly had an aneurysm when they heard about this, but this is what is so great about hockey. Now we’ll have months of waiting to see what will happen when Burish faces Pronger again on the ice. That is, of course, if Burish is active for that game.

Meanwhile, expect Pronger to just look annoyed and not acknowledge the question if asked about it.

144 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Cindy Crosby - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Typical Shitcago player. No class at all.

  2. NYRfan - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    someone’s bitter…

  3. hahaflyerssuck - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Hahahahahaha… Burish just catapulted himself into my top 5 favorite people of all time. 😀

  4. Pronger's overrated - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Why would he be bitter? He just one the Cup.

  5. Garrett S - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    and what did burrish do that entire season? other than being a goon… oh and his voice sounds dumb

  6. Flyerslove - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    “Why would he be bitter? He just one the Cup.”
    I think they were more referring to the first poster in regards to being bitter.
    My 2 cents? Burish just won the cup, shows how sportsman like he is, trash talking a Flyer now that he doesn’t have to see him anymore. Here’s to hoping my Chrissy Pronger finds Adam Burish in a dark alley and takes him up on the ‘punch in the face’. No refs to protect Burish there. 😉

  7. fraser - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    at least someone fucking said it already

  8. Shawn - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Who really gives a crap? He was jocking it in the pressbox the fianl three games. Ben Eager is & will forever remain the worst hockey player to ever get his name on the Cup (His goal was a weak one, Leighton was soft)

  9. Hawks#1 - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Let’s talk about sportmanship, Philly fans booing Toews and the presentation of the cup….nice

  10. HawksFan10 - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Burish, can we get rid of you yet? Other than for locker-room shenanigans, why do we still have you in Chicago?

  11. not from philly - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    hey, they boo santa claus in philly.

  12. Jeff - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    And I’m sure Chicago fans wouldn’t have booed the Flyers had they won the cup in a game 7 right? Absolutely they would have and it would’ve been a lot more pronounced. There were cheers and an ovation. The boos were for Gary Bettman, all fans in the NHL do it – Pittsburgh fans did it, Red Wings fans did it too. If anyone was booing Toews, it was because they felt he didn’t deserve the Conn Smythe and it was only a few. No one was booing the Cup presentation.
    Burrish is nothing but a goon who plays a few minutes a game. His opinion means absolutely nothing. To say something like that in an interview after you just won the Cup? Classless. At least Pronger gave credit to the Hawks in his postgame.

  13. ExileOnDaytonStreet - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t think that Burish offered to do this during the first three games of the series is only fooling themselves.
    BTW- The Hawks won’t be anxious to get rid of anyone lower on the totem pole. When the salary cap catches up to them for their crazy contracts, and they’re forced to trade away a bunch of players, guys like Burish will be desperately appreciated by the Hawks.

  14. Dan - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Hey Hawks#1, too bad they were booing Bettman
    as for Burrish, what an idiot. Celebrate the cup, don’t take time to trash opposing players

  15. Hawks1988 - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    This comment is highly ironic if it’s coming from a Flyers fan.

  16. goon - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    You guys are shooting the messenger.
    Most NHL players are such boring caricatures of company men that it’s a huge relief to see someone who will say what everyone is thinking/what is actually true.
    Pronger is a trash human. Burish is a trash hockey player, but you can’t accuse him of being a liar…

  17. stormcomin - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    who’s Adam Burish?

  18. FlyersFan - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Flyers fans were not booing Toews or the presentation of the Cup, we were booing Bettman. Any real hockey fan would know that as he is booed everywhere he goes. The Flyers fans actually cheered for Toews.

  19. me - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    leave it to the reporter to go straight there. really thats sad

  20. chris pronger - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    i get away with all kinds of cheap shots. it’s not fair for someone to call me on it on the largest stage he can find.

  21. - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    They didn’t boo Toews and the cup. They were booing Bettman, as any true hockey fan should.

  22. imposterdamus - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Did Burish put his fucking pads on after he left the press box to go down to the ice? LMAO, because that’s what it looks like, what a classless coward. He waits to say something after the playoffs are over. Not sure he’ll be back on the ice for anyone next year but hopefully…
    Chris Pronger is terrible… I’d be embarassed if I was a teammate of his or even a fan.

  23. mantastic - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    the trush shall always set you free. thank you adam burish for saying the truth, even if you’ve been scratched more this series and the year throughout, even if pronger makes more money than you, this is the truth and even players who like chris pronger and admire him will say the same thing. don’t mince words. sucks for the pr, but it’s their job. they deal with it.

  24. imposterdamus - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I think what a lot you Xbox hockey “players” don’t understand is sportsmanship, especially in how it pertains to hockey. Calling out a hall of fame player, Cup Winner, Goal Medal Winner, Norris trophy winner 10 minutes after winning the cup, especially when he watched most of the games from the press box is classless and cowardly. I would imagine a lot of players on the Hawks are embarrassed of what he said. I would be.

  25. TH - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Burish’s playoff stats GP:15 G:0 A:0 Pts:0
    Pronger’s playoff stats: GP:23 G:4 A:4 Pts:18
    Yeah, so his description of Pronger being terrible is accurate. Most terrible players get to stay and excel in the league for 20 years. Some players win championships, other ride the coat tails of those who do. Toews, Keith and the Hawks deserve the credit for winning the cup. This guy is an absolute clown. Name one team in the league that would take Burish over Pronger. He’s a classless disgrace. True lack of sportsmanship.

  26. pucker - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Some people here are just clueless. He’s been “scratched” more this season than any other? What has he done all season? It’s hard to rack up numbers that would please some of you people when you spend the first 6 months rehabbing an injury. But to each their own.
    As for Pronger? He may be a future hall of famer, but his style and antics are purely bush league. There’s one set of rules, Chris, not one for you and another for everyone else.

  27. Esbee - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Bettman gets the boo treatment in every single arena (and he deserves it). Pretty darn classless comments by someone who didn’t contribute to the win. As painful as it is for the losing team, the tradition of the lineup after a series is an impressive display of respect for your opponent as an individual and team. Obviously, it means nothing to him.

  28. Rob - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Burish is just being honest. Pronger is a dong.

  29. Not from philly - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Okay. I am a hockey fan in general and love watching it all year round. now i know some people did not agree with how pronger played but he was a huge driving force for the flyers in getting them there are was a problem for any team that faced him. he was amazing with how many minutes he played and the effort he put into the game. as far as what Burish said- you just won the cup, for a team you havent even given that much ice time to because you were scratched. why try and shove it in the other teams face. Pronger gave the blackhawks credit in his postgame… showing class there.. he did not go on to say that the blackhawks got lucky or anything to make it look like they didnt deserve to win or that they didnt play a good game. Pronger wins this one, Burish just shows what kind of person he is, and its not a good one. I hope to see this team meet again next season with pronger and Burish on the ice, will be interesting to see if Burish gets a little extra attention from pronger… and by that i mean Pronger giving Burish a chance to be a man and step up and back up his word. Say it to the mans face, not on tv. Be a true athlete and role model not a goon

  30. not bob levy - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Hawks #1 – your a ninkumpoop, it was 50 years ago, get over it.
    I had no idea who this guy Burish was before seeing this. Pronger has Hart, Norris and a ring in his trophey case and was playing 30 minutes a night. What did Burish play in the entire series…5? Wasn’t he a scratch for some of the games??? I’d love to see him puch Pronger in the face than get his rear handed to him. Even in victory people can be losers.
    P.S. Roenick is crying pansy homo. Whaa, Im emotional…whaa, im a little boy in ’92, lol what a little female dog.
    Congrats to the Blackhawks, they deserved it.
    -not bob levy

  31. onehappydoc - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    I’m not sure who is the biggest fool, Burish for his stupid comments or the reporter for goading him on. Pronger may push the rules, but everyone on his team loves him, and everyone on the other team hates him. That sounds like the type of player I’d want on my side.

  32. Winner - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Good for Burrish. The entire hockey nation despises the classless Pronger. Stealing pucks? Come on. Talk about no class. Pronger’s magic penalty free cloak was removed and he was rendered useless. Pronger is a goon who does not know how the play the game without cheating. Grabbing, holding, that’s Pronger’s game. If the ref’s called it on him regularly, he wouldn’t have a careeer. Finally the spotlight was so bright that the refs had to do something. They called him out on it, and it cost his team victory. Pronger was castrated, and his career is over. Good riddance. Now maybe we’ll see some real hockey instead of the cheap shot cheating type that Pronger has spread around the NHL.

  33. Agree - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    I completely agree with you. Watching them shake hands is such a sign of respect and this goon ruins it with that comment. Someone needs to learn sportsmanship. Pronger gave the Hawks credit in his pregame.. this guy… a disgrace to his team. I would be embarrassed if a teammate of mine did that after we just won the championship

  34. imposterdamus - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    I believe Ben Eager’s skate blade said it best (almost)

  35. Winner - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Hey Not Bob Levy
    >>I had no idea who this guy Burish was before seeing this.
    So you’re saying you really don’t know much about hockey then.
    Get a clue and go back to playing your XBOX.

  36. getitright - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    For the record, Philly fans did not boo Santa Claus. Rather, they threw snowballs at him.

  37. Winner - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    And for all of you who have listening comprehension problems…
    Burrish never said he was better than Pronger. He didn’t say anything at all about his own abilities. All he said was that he hates Pronger because Pronger has no class, and thinks he’s a tool. Pretty much everyone agrees with that.

  38. Dan - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    What a damn fraud, never heard of the guy, and he states this AFTER the series, when he didn’t even touch the ice. And PRONGER HAS NO CLASS??? right, Chicago released that newspaper cover and this statement and bitch about his play. He might be slightly dirty, but there are plenty of players alike, and Pronger is a future HOFer. All of you dissing Pronger must be from Chicago. Classless bums.

  39. Chuck - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Funny how many morons on here that can’t even spell trying to sound smart.

  40. wrench1 - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    They are both a holes bursh for his comments pronger for his actions Hockey would be better to watch without any of these idiots

  41. Drew - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    I love how the worst player on the team is talking shit. I’d be surprised if Burish played more than 10 minutes the whole series.

  42. Jeffy - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Yea, talk smack on Pronger because he’s good. he dominated their top line for the first 4 games. Real classy, Chicago. Shit talking our best player because he’s good, and throwing beers on Shane Victorino when he’s making a catch in that dirty ivy at Wrigley.

  43. Linda - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    What a dumb girl reporter asking such a stupid question. Women shouldn’t be covering mens sports. She is giggle giggle he is giggle giggle. PLEASE!

  44. HawksWin - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    I love reading all the comments from these Flyers fans. He said what everyone was thinking. Enjoy the offseason, Flyers. Cause I know we will here in Chicago.

  45. Anonymous - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    a pronger? isn’t that something you put on the grill, oh thats right the hawks just did that.

  46. Hockey Fan - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Burish has NO class and Pronger IS an idiot, get over it already it is only a GAME…

  47. Dan - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Do you think Burish sat in the press box the whole series with his pads on? Or just threw that stuff on after the game to pretend he was out there…

  48. CA Hawks Fan - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Seems like a little trash talking, WTF? They’re big boys, makes for interesting hockey. Frankly, when they were showing the handshakes it looked to me as if Bfuglien was trying to have a word with Pronger, who seemed to want no part of it. So, who knows? I’m just sayin’. The Flyers played with a lot of heart and it was a great series. The better team won.

  49. Ron - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Hey Borish, if Pronger is so terrible, why did your coach split lines after game 4 to get away from Pronger ? And where were you ? playing stick boy on the bench ?
    Any player who is a consistent healthy scratch and puts his jersey on after the game, to do an interview…… well that says it all.

  50. classactadam - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    That is funny… he calls Pronger an idiot yet he’s the one trash talking as a healthy scratch from the press box… maybe he should be picking a fight with Carcillo who is a little closer to his level.
    What a class act and a super way to make yourself an easy cut or trade from a Stanley Cup Champion Team. Adam, you define the word idiot. Enjoy your time in Columbus next year or whatever AHL team gets stuck with you via a throw away trade.

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