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Preds' Clune goes far beyond tough-guy mentality

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If things get a little testy on the ice for the Nashville Predators, the first guy you'll likely see in the middle of the scrum is new Preds forward Rich Clune.

Clune, picked up on waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, was brought in largely for his toughness, but he is an interesting guy who is much more than meets the eye.

"I think that's the whole beauty of life is exploring and being surprised by different people," Clune said.

Preds fans may have been surprised to see Clune, in his first game with the team, pounding away in the team's defense, but that's why they brought him in.

"I don't want to be just known as a fighter, and I don't think that role serves a purpose, really, anymore in the game," Clune said. "I'm trying to be the best that I can be, and I don't want to get too ahead of myself. Just want to enjoy the moment and work hard."

But there's a trigger that can go off while in the heat of the game.

"When I get out there I kind of just let me emotions take over," Clune said. "With all the fights I get in, I turn away from about as many as I do get in. It wouldn't be very hard to get in a fight every game, and it's not something I go into a game and say, 'I want to fight.' I think I've shown that I'm a good player that's stayed at this level."

There's a lot that goes into this 25-year-old from Toronto. He's a deep thinker who enjoys body art and music.

"I grew up with music. My parents listened to the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Guess Who - so I guess I'm a bit of an old soul in that way," Clune said.

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