Chris Pronger Channels His Inner People's Champ

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIMarch 9, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20:  Chris Pronger#20 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2011 in New York City. The Flyers defeated the Flyers 4-2.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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It’s not very often that a professional sports team is able to say that they have a seasoned veteran who isn’t scared to tell his/her teammates what they really think.

If it wasn’t evident before, it should’ve been after last night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Before reporters were allowed in the locker room, Chris Pronger was overheard laying the smack down on his fellow teammates about the poor play in the game. Despite winning by three goals, Pronger felt it wasn’t a good enough effort:

“Obviously we played a team that has a lot of injuries and a lot of youth. We were able to capitalize on some chances early in the first period and get off to a lead. But if you look at the latter part of the second and probably the last 12 or 14 minutes of that third period, we were sitting back, standing still, turning pucks over, and they just came at us wave after wave.”

CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio tweeted this after the game: “Pronger very upset after win. 'we played one period.' Was yelling at team before reporters entered the room.”

Prongs is one of the longest-tenured players still skating in the NHL to this day. It would be wise for everyone in that locker room to take his advice.

As Pronger continues to make a case for the captaincy role, the Flyers travel up north to Toronto to face a tough, but sucky Maple Leafs team.