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Pageau makes fighter's entrance for Islanders table tennis tournament

After walking in with intro music and robe, forward wins the whole thing

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The champ is here and he knows how to make an entrance.

New York Islanders forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau put on a different kind of uniform and won a team-wide table tennis tournament with a victory against defenseman Adam Pelech.

Pageau entered "arena" -- which appeared to be a waiting area near an elevator bank at the team's hotel -- shirtless under a long bathrobe and with what appeared to be the robe's belt tied around his head as a karate-style headband.

It was an entrance worthy of a prize fight, complete with intro music and a hype man.

Instagram from @pagertrain: Islanders play ping pong

After the grand entrance, he then dominated the tournament with eight straight victories.

He topped teammates Devon Toews and Mathew Barzal before his championship-clinching win.

His team even recognized him as their tournament champion on Twitter.

Tweet from @NYIslanders: 🏓 CHAMP 🏓

Other players around the NHL took notice of Pageau's attire, including his former teammate Brady Tkachuk, who compared it to UFC fighter George St. Pierre.

"JGP > GSP," Tkachuk commented on Pageau's Instagram post.

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