Brent Seabrook's favorite player growing up was Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger. He simply idolized the way he played.
But how about now?
Pronger has become Public Enemy No. 1 in Chicago for his shifty but effective ability to take extra whacks at the Hawks in the Stanley Cup finals without getting whistled for a penalty.
"He's pretty good with [his stick]," Seabrook said. "He's found a way to do it without getting caught."
No one has had more of an impact -- at least a perceived one by the media -- than Pronger. The 6-6, 220-pounder is engaging on and off the ice, challenging the Hawks and the media. There isn't a day the Hawks aren't questioned about the 16-year veteran.
But Seabrook didn't think Pronger's ability to get away with things had anything to do with his veteran status.
"It's the Stanley Cup Finals," Seabrook said. "I don't want to say the refs are favoring one player over another player. He's good at doing that and getting away with it, where maybe the ref can't see it. ... He's great at it."