PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Simon Després joined The Fan Morning Show Thursday to talk about his experiences last season and this off-season.

He said he wasn’t thrilled about being sent down last season, but he understands that it’s just part of the business.

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“For sure it was tough,” he said. “It’s the process to get to the National Hockey League. You’ve got to enjoy it, and just work hard every day.

He praised player development coach Bill Guerin, noting that “all the guys like him… he’s been through it all.”

He also explained how the team wants him to utilize his size.

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“They want me to be very sound defensively – move the body if it’s there, but not take myself out of the play.”

He said that FBI agents have talked to the team about being careful when posting things on social media.

He confirmed that “Horse” is indeed his nickname, explaining that his juniors coach at St. John’s started calling him that when he was 16. He did note that people haven’t been using it as much recently, though.

“Like any nickname, sometimes it starts to fade away, so this year I haven’t been called ‘Horse’ as much.”

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The interview can he heard here: