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Subban Shining at All-Star Weekend

Preds Defenseman Embracing His Time as an All-Star

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

In Los Angeles, California, the land of movie stars and music icons, there's a different kind of celebrity in town this weekend, and as usual, he's stealing the show.

P.K. Subban couldn't go more than a few feet without running into a player, executive or fan hoping for a quick chat or a photo - and the Nashville Predators defenseman had time for everyone.

Captaining the Central Division All-Stars at the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend, thanks for a vote from NHL fans, Subban is a man of the people, and this weekend is the perfect venue for the larger-than-life personality to shine as bright as the Preds Gold on his jersey.

Video: Subban explains his 2017 All-Star suit

"My dad always told me I had a good face for radio," Subban joked with media prior to Saturday's Skills Competition. "I just try to be myself and have fun. Everybody should just be themselves, not try to be someone you're not."

As for being voted as a captain by the fans, Subban had a theory as to how he ended up with the honor against so many worthy participants.

"I think it probably came down to best looking captain, and it would be me for sure," Subban laughed. "I can't say I'm the best player, but I would say I'm definitely the best-looking captain, so we'll just go with that. No, it's always flattering when fans show that type of support. I think the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee support me really well."

On Saturday, Subban went from interview to interview, rolling right into the All-Star Skills Competition at Staples Center, where he participated in the puck control portion of the Skills Relay Challenge - his silky smooth puck control skills on display - as well as the Four Line Challenge.

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While he and the Central Division fell short in the overall standings on the night, Subban, in true captain fashion, was already looking ahead to tomorrow's All-Star matchup with the Pacific Division.

"Just follow me," Subban said of his message to his team. "Just follow my leadership, really believe in me as a leader and follow what I do, and we'll be all right."

"We have lots to build on for tomorrow. We're going to watch a little bit of film here, regroup... I think we have good team chemistry, so I'm confident in my team for tomorrow."

As for the opportunity to simply participate in All-Star Weekend, Subban was humbled, but made it clear that when it comes to a certain attribute, there wasn't much of a comparison.

"I'm just happy to me amongst that group," Subban said. "And like I said, I might not be able to beat Sidney Crosby one-on-one or [Connor] McDavid or score on [Carey Price], but I think when it comes down to who the best is looking, I still think I have the edge there."

VIDEO: Watch Subban in the Skills Challenge Relay

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