This time they got it right! The Nashville Predators have acquired the sensational P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade deal that is the talk of the professional hockey world. The hometown hockey team has gained one of the sport’s true international rising stars, a proud black self-described “businessman, philanthropist, family guy” with style and swagger, whose game is undeniable and whose heart is definitely in the right place.
Meet P.K. Subban
Pernell Karl “P. K.” Subban, born May 13, 1989, is a Canadian-born professional ice hockey defenceman. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 43rd overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft, in 2013, he won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman, and tied as the leading scorer among defencemen. Subban won a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Subban’s parents immigrated to Ontario from the Caribbean in the 1970s. His father Karl, a retired school principal, moved from Jamaica to Sudbury, and his mother, Maria, came from Montserrat to Hamilton. P. K. was born in Toronto and has four siblings — Nastassia, Natasha, Jordan and Malcolm. Malcolm is a goaltender, selected by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 Draft, and Jordan was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
P.K. and his brothers spent their junior careers with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In May 2009, P.K. signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens, began the 2009–10 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, and was selected to the 2010 AHL All-Star Game. His first call-up to the Canadiens came February 11, 2010, and the following day he registered his first career NHL point, an assist, in his debut against the Flyers.
April 26, 2010, Subban was recalled during the Canadiens’ first round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Capitals; he recorded his first NHL playoff point, an assist, in his first career NHL playoff game. His first goal came in Game 1 of the Canadiens’ second round series against the Penguins April 30. In Game 3 against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals, Subban became the third rookie defenceman in Canadiens history to register three assists in one game. Subban recorded one goal and eight points in 14 playoff games for the Canadiens. At the end of the AHL season, Subban was awarded the AHL President’s Award in recognition of his accomplishments for the year.
March 20, 2011, Subban became the first Canadiens rookie defenceman to score a hat-trick, in an 8–1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. In 81 games in 2011–12, Subban recorded seven goals and 29 assists. A restricted free agent after the season, on January 28, 2013, Subban signed a two-year, $5.75 million deal with Montreal, and scored 11 goals and 27 assists, matching his career-high 38 points despite playing in only 42 games due to the lockout. He earned the James Norris Memorial Trophy as NHL defenceman of the year and made the NHL First All-Star Team.
Subban played all 82 games in 2013–14, totaling 53 points, with ten goals. One of Montreal’s most important assets in the 2014 playoffs, he registered 14 points in 17 games and the Canadiens reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
A restricted free agent after the 2013–14 season, Subban agreed to an eight-year, $72 million contract, which made him the highest-paid defenceman in the NHL and third-highest paid NHL player overall at the time. Subban was named to Canada’s 2014 Winter Olympic team where they successfully reprised their 2010 gold.
September 16, 2015, Subban announced his $10 million donation to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, which the hospital called “the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.”
June 29, 2016, Subban was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Shea Weber.
Learn more about this amazing gentleman at his ultra cool website www.pksubban.com