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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. Flyers Fan 112 - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    “Let’s talk about sportmanship, Philly fans booing Toews and the presentation of the cup….nice”
    Your obviously a band wagon you stupid shit. If Philly had won it in Shitcago, do you really think they would be giving the Flyers applause??? No they wouldnt so how about you think before you call out Flyer fans you ass hole.

  2. scott - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    It’s a reality that you hate Pronger until he signs with your favorite team… then he’s awesome. He’s the guy everyone hates to play against but loves to have on their team.
    Burish rides the bench… who cares what that mutt thinks. He had zero impact on the playoffs… and as such, his comments should carry as much weight… zero.
    Try and show some class Adam, your team just won a cup… be a gracious champ, not a douchebag. The league already has a Sean Avery playing that role.

  3. Tigger - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    How about this Burish? What do you think would happen if philly offered chicago pronger for you straight up? I know that would never happen as you’re such a miserable player in the NHL that you probably would have to be bundled with a first round, second round, and third round pick as well as several other players just to make philly ‘consider’ the trade. But as a hypothetical what do you think would happen? Do you think Chicago would stand behind it’s ‘valuable asset’ that was a healthy scratch in the finals? Or do you think they’d take a future hall of famer who eats up 30 minutes of ice a night and forces the opposition to break up their top line because they can’t play him straight up?
    I know you’re not very intelligent so I’ll give you a few days to think about it.
    Oh and I eagerly await all the Chicago fans who will tell me that they’d NEVER EVER WANT PRONGER ON THEIR TEAM. Oh no no no no no. They have ‘standards’ about ‘fair play’ in Chicago. Just ask Mayor Daley. lol

  4. Wayne Sherritt - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Burish just honestly answered a question posed by a reporter.He expressed an opinion just as most of you clowns are meagerly attempting to do now in being critical of his candor. Pronger is hated throughout the league, just ask the fans in Edmonton. Chris Pronger is a great hockey player but as a man he’s a “tool”.

  5. CongratsHawks - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    As a Flyers fan, I can admit that we were beat by the better team. For those of the Chicago players that actually PLAYED in the series, they are very deserving of the Cup. I don’t really think anyone expected the Flyers to be where they were, and Pronger has a lot to do with that. He shut down every teams top line in each series, even Toews was a no-show in this series. All Pronger is is the player that the other team loves to hate. Chicago would love to have him on their team, as would any other team in the league. All of the players out there get away with stuff, you really don’t think every player doesn’t try to find the line of what they can get away with? It just so happens that Pronger is good at it. As for Burrish, did he even play?? I honestly forgot he was even a Blackhawk until I watched that interview. I really think he was just trying to remind people that he’s actually on the team, because as far as I know, nobody missed his presence out there.

  6. Freddy - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    That is just so prong…and quite burrish.

  7. Ben - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    He must have gotten a great view of Pronger’s “dirty play” from the press box.
    I didn’t think anybody could be more obnoxious than Avery.

  8. Really - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    really the guy with the alias “cindy crosby” is calling someone classless for making comments about another player

  9. homer glen skip - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Pronger plays like a jerk. But I wish he played for the Hawks.

  10. detroit sucks - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Pronger is one of the best defensemen in the league, burrish is a bum, so who cares what he says. Pronger does play dirty but that doesn’t take away from his overall skill set. I would want pronger on my team everyday of the week. Hawks fans should stop acting like they are so glorious, you won 1 cup in 50 years. so when you say your gonna enjoy the offseason you better, because we’ll all probably be dead by the time the hawks win again. If Bill Wirtz was still alive the hawks would have been in last place this year. No body cried about schultz when the flyers beat the russians. If pronger was on the hawks they would be singing his praises and flyers fans would be crying like babies, they are used to it being from philly. Hockey players are dirty, not all but a lot of them are. it just so happens that one of the best defensemen, pronger, is one of the dirtiest. The flyers are know for rough dirty hockey, its not how some purest would like it, but it wins games and isnt that the point.

  11. OrrCountry - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Burish classless to say this AFTER winning the Cup you say?
    I say Pronger, voted “dirtiest” player in the NHL by his peers THIS season, had FAR less class when he grabbed those 2 pucks following Chicago’s first two wins and then wouldn’t own up to doing so when repeatedly asked about it by the post-game media. Time to man-up Chris…OBVIOUSLY you did it, the world watched you do it, so how about being honest and owning up to it? But you didn’t, probably because even YOU were embarrassed by what you did. Helluva player, but lacks character.
    With the Caps and Pens out of the way, this was the time for the Phliars to win it. Philly likely won’t get back to the final again until 3-4 years from now…which is about how long it’ll take them to develop a strong young goalie. Goaltending’s been a problem in Philly ever since “Bob” Clarke became GM. You’d think Holmgren would have picked up on that little deficiency by now. Neither Emery, Boucher nor “Leights” (a journeyman) are the answer.

  12. Toni - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Burish when he was team captain of the national championship Wisconsin Badgers. He is one of the nicest and most polite young men that I’ve ever met. Was it cool that he teed off on Pronger? No. But cut him some slack. He was just saying what many other people think.

  13. Chicago - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    HA HA Phily. BlawkHawks #1 you all not. I hate every Philly player, no class and cry all the time. Cheapshot artists at best

  14. tky426 - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Classless? Nice user name moron.

  15. I'm very intuitive - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Nice try people, but as reported by journos at the game (like Damien Cox), the fans were booing more than just Bettman (Cox: “Only in Philly. They boo the Cup being raised.”). And if it was Philly winning in Chicago, again you’re wrong, Chi fans would not have booed. In fact, they applauded the Penguins when they won the Cup in Chicago in 92.

  16. Chris Alberts - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    psssh, Pronger is hall of fame while this guy is clearly JV squad

  17. SuperJim - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, is, for the most part, not reflected in these comments. What is reflected, for the most part, is a reaction to a story bound to cause a reaction. Philadelphia and Chicago should be proud for the great seasons both teams had. Talk is cheap, but it makes for sensational news.

  18. Logan - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Wow. Stay classy, Chicago fans. You win the cup and still want to rub other fans faces in the dirt. Yeah…Philly is the town without class. /s A true testament to your character.
    FYI – Fans were booing Bettman…not Toews. Also did you hear the cheers they gave Niemi when he hoisted the cup? Philly was classy and know their hockey…not like the you bandwagoneers in Chicago.

  19. Dick Head - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    What do you expect … the reported asked what he REALLY thought of him.
    Question for you Philly fans – is anything that Burish said wrong? Pronger is an idiot and have heard was a reputation around the league as not the best teammate or nice person. Furthermore, Burish is much like Pronger, a brash idiot himself. So at the end, who cares.h

  20. phillyblowsdogsforquarters - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    the only fans cheering were the devoted hawks fans that stayed after the game. did you notice that when niemi hoisted the cup there were no flyers fans left in the stands?

  21. stuckinwisconsin - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    listening to a flyers fan’s opinion on what a good hockey player is, is like listening to….well a flyers fan’s opinion on what a good hockey player is. HAHA..the NHL kept you in this series, your coach took you out. You don’t deserve to even be on the same ice with the blackhawks……let alone play a game against them. I sure hope you appreciated the real hockey that Philadelphia finally got to witness after 35 years. I think that is good enough for you. Even JR is embarassed to admit he was a flyer, mostly because of you fans. You stink…just like you ought to…after all you are New york’s toliet bowl. Your pregame “god bless america” also stinks. Its insulting to think that a city who’s only claim to fame is the terrible parking authority and cheap meat with fake cheese made by the biggest pieces of White trash to NOT come out of a trailer park, thinks they are too good for ‘Oh say can you see.” We even whipped your ass in that. That terrible farting noise that your stadium makes after you score a goal is as disgusting as the garbage that skates for the flyers. The blackhawks could of played with only their 3rd and 4th lines all series and still won it in six. Why??? Because if the rest of the world has not made it clear to you: YOU SUCK PHILADELPHIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even Montreal, where it is an assumption, for them to think everywhere else sucks, has gone out of their way to make you know Philadelphia that YOU STINK.
    None the less, you are not as bad as Milwaukee. GOOOOOOOOOO Fllllllyers………..

  22. Follisimo - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    With the name you have anything you say means absolutely nothing. Burish is right about what Pronger did. Pronger is the most hated player in the league. Go look up articles where players around the league state this. Pronger may have done the job for the first couple games but his age and the refs eyes finally opening were his downfall. As for the people saying The fans in Philly were only booing when Bettman was around that is a total lie. They booed when many of the Hawk players lifted the cup up. But it’s ok though the more they booed the more jealous the fans were to know they are failures of 6 straight times they make the finals.

  23. stuckinwisconsin - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    if you really read between the lines, Pronger will be a Hawk next season and Burish is just in ‘protect’ mode. Something he could not execute on the ice……thusly leading to his scratches. Ironic, this game is.

  24. jefcostello - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Pronger is a cancer, everyone hates him. At least he did not pork Hartnell’s wife, Jeff Carter did the honors. Man that must suck to have your teammate stabbing your wife. Way to go Flyers, your a class team! You and your A-hole coach got stuffed!!!!

  25. Speedracer29 - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Yeah Burish is a moron. Too bad he wont get a chance to back up his words next season and punch Pronger as he will almost defianetly be in the minor leagues somewhere. I have been a Flyers fan for over 35 years and I think all you guys should cut the Blackhawk fans here some slack. They simply are not used to wining. In those 35 years, the Hawks are making only their 2nd cup appearence. Lost their last time around (1992 – coached by FORMER FLYER COACH MIKE KEENAN). Bulls have not been a contender since Jordan left. Bears have been to only 1 super bowl (which they lost) in the 25 years since Mcmahon & Co. pulled it off. White Sox did win a world series, but fell apart after that. And those lovable Cubs. Their fans would not know wining if it bit them in the face. And for those of you who keep talking about Philly fans throwing snowballs at Santa Claus, here is a reality check: THAT HAPPENED OVER 40 YEARS AGO!!!!!!!!. Is that the best you can come up with? Next year Lord Stanley with take his rightful place….in his favorite town: PHILADELPHIA. And Chicago, they will do what they do best, LOSE!!!!!!!!

  26. i was at the game - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    yea go ahead and read what those ppl say. i was there. a few boos for them winning.. yea but as the be expected when your team loses. but more cheering when it was raised. and i bet in 92 you had the same situation in chicago… cheering but still some boos. lets just get in tune with reality on that one… anywhere you go.. the home team loses.. you will still have those few fans that will boo. its life.

  27. Little Tommy - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    I hope that dickhead had a chance to pick up the puck that beat his ass!

  28. jef - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    We won the cup, na na na na! You lost!!! Pronger is a sissy, Carter stuffed Hartnell’s wife, and your coach is an A-hole!
    We crushed your face, deal with it. Enjoy the agony of always knowing we bitch raped you!!! You should feel like a teenage girl who’s been touched by her uncle, embarrassed, sad and suicidal.

  29. mikem1166 - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    black hawks fans might be excited that they won the cup but they still have to live in shitcago. i’ll spend my summer watching the phils beat up on the cubs. when was their last world series…giggle, giggle. congrats you FINALLY won a cup but the comments by this knucklehad burish is a nobody. the bigger dissappointment is how classless the hawks fans are supporting him and his idiotic comments. enjoy the cup. you probably wont see one again for another 50 plus years

  30. Freddy - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Hey fdvczvc,
    Got any crying towels or pity pots with Flyer’s logos on them?

  31. mk - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    You spelled Burish wrong. Also, who care he just won the Stanley Cup. Burish was just being Burish so don’t diss him. Don’t knock Hawks plays and say he is bitter. People who are calling Burish bitter are just jelous the Hawks won the cup.

  32. mauimina - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM


  33. sue - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    What a class-less thing to say. Can’t the Blackhawks win without showing their true colors? Chris Pronger is not an idiot and I’ll bet that Chicago would welcome him with open arms. Too bad his blood runs orange and black. What a moron this Chicago player is.

  34. a_person - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Notice that a lot of these comment are from Flyer fans. I have nothing against the fans, but every team has idiot fans who boo and classy fans who love watching their team. I’m sure there are Chicago band wagon fans who are trash talkers, but the real fans are classy and you can’t take that away from them. As for Burish ya it wasn’t the “nicest” thing to say, but who cares. He said it, it’s over with. Pronger may be a great player, but he sure plays like an ass. Burish was just saying what mostly everyone was thinking. At least he isn’t some fake person saying things like everyone was so nice on the ice, everyone knows thats not the truth. So congrates to Adam Burish for saying what’s on his mind because I’d rather have that than some cookie-cutter fake.
    PS: His name is spelled Adam B-U-R-I-S-H. Not Burrish. You think you’re so smart, try spelling his name right, and you call him an idiot.

  35. a_person - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Notice that a lot of these comment are from Flyer fans. I have nothing against the fans, but every team has idiot fans who boo and classy fans who love watching their team. I’m sure there are Chicago band wagon fans who are trash talkers, but the real fans are classy and you can’t take that away from them. As for Burish ya it wasn’t the “nicest” thing to say, but who cares. He said it, it’s over with. Pronger may be a great player, but he sure plays like an ass. Burish was just saying what mostly everyone was thinking. At least he isn’t some fake person saying things like everyone was so nice on the ice, everyone knows thats not the truth. So congrates to Adam Burish for saying what’s on his mind because I’d rather have that than some cookie-cutter fake.
    PS: His name is spelled Adam B-U-R-I-S-H. Not Burrish. You think you’re so smart, try spelling his name right, and you call him an idiot.

  36. sue - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Chris, if that’s really you, please know that Philly loves its sports team. We will get over the loss and look for a great season this fall.

  37. sue - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    And Bfugylein is not an idiot and a hack?

  38. CT - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    nice spelling, fool

  39. CT - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    hey “Stuck in WI”, I know your sister sucks too

  40. mike - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    get a life! no better yet, move out of mom and dads house.

  41. Kevin - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    I was at game 4 in Chicago when Pitt beat the hawks in 92 and the Hawks fans claped for them. Phi fans have always been over the top and yes he should have kept his mouth shut about Pronger but he is a jerk.

  42. double t - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Basically, Burish is our team idiot, trying to instigate as always. As for Flyers fans, Hey how long did u plan to get lucky with sub par goaltending( Too bad Emery wasnt hurt) a sub par team with just several offense stars and Pronger getting away with no calls on him night after night. Maybe flyers fans and referees should study up on the subtle nuances of what cross-checking is. Ohh but Im sure NBC wanted this thing to go 6 or 7 games. Too much network money. Especially since it was the most watched series since 74. If they had called the games properly it would have been over much sooner.

  43. bob - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Thats Stanley Cup Champion shitcago to you….LOL

  44. john - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    they were booing betman u stupid moron

  45. Cliff - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Pronger: 2 Olympic Gold Medals
    Burish: watched Olympics on TV
    Pronger: 8-time NHL All-Star
    Burish: Eats Lucky-Star cereal
    Pronger: Norris Trophy – NHL Top Defenseman
    Hart Trophy – NHL MVP
    Burish: Knows that MVP are 3 letters in the alphabet
    Pronger: 3 seasons ending in Stanley Cup Finals
    Burish: 4 seasons in league
    Pronger: lamb-basted in the press
    Burish: Most of time spent in pres-box

  46. Anonymous - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    right on brother….talk about a classless idiot….”ohhh…Im gunna steal the puck so you cant have it.” Hes a turd…plain and simple. Oh….and if any of you dumb ass Flyer fans are going to let him slide for acting like a comedian after the loss on game 5….then you deserve to lose…..

  47. Anonymous - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Pronger-goes home a loser
    Burish – carries the cup to United Center “after coming back form same year knee surgery”

  48. Anonymous - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    doesnt matter…we got yours this year….have a good night

  49. bendahawkover - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Ha, that’s great. A virtual nobody dissing a future hall of famer. Get a life burshi*t.

  50. Mike - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    If Carter / Gagne / lappy were anywhere near 80 percent Flyers win-
    Carters speed was hindered thats a fact- he would have been a force the outcome would have been different. All season sped thru opposing D and Scored. Next year the Flyers will be back. Burish is a total asshole – And for the recorg Buf only scored when Pronger was off ice On ice Pronger held Buf to 0.

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