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P. K. Subban

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P. K. Subban
PK Subban - Montreal Canadiens 2015b.jpg
P.K. Subban with the Montreal Canadiens in 2015
Born (1989-05-13) May 13, 1989 (age 26)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2009–present

Pernell Karl "P. K." Subban[1] (born May 13, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Subban was drafted by the Canadiens in the second round, 43rd overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In 2013, he won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, and tied with Kris Letang as the leading scorer among defencemen.

Internationally, P.K. Subban has won a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Playing career[edit]


Subban spent his junior career with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 2005–06 he recorded 12 points in a 52-game rookie campaign. In 2006–07, he improved to 56 points in 68 games, where he was later drafted by the Canadiens in the off-season at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Subban then recorded 46-points in just 58 games during the 2007–08 campaign, before adding 23 points and matching his regular season goals total of eight in the post-season. He helped Belleville to the J. Ross Robertson Cup Finals against the Kitchener Rangers, where they lost the OHL title in seven games.


Following a junior career-high 76 points (in 56 games) in 2008–09, Subban was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Canadiens.[2] He began the 2009–10 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. Later in the season, he was then selected to play in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game in Portland. Shortly thereafter, he earned his first call-up to the Canadiens on February 11, 2010, and, on the following day, registered his first career NHL point, an assist, in his debut against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 12.

On April 26, 2010, Subban was recalled from Hamilton during the Canadiens' first round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Washington Capitals.[3] He recorded his first NHL playoff point, an assist, in his first career NHL playoff game, on April 26.[4] His first goal came in Game 1 of the Canadiens' second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 30, 2010.[5] In Game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals, Subban became the third rookie defenceman in Canadiens history to register three assists in one game.[6] In all, Subban recorded one goal and eight points in 14 playoff games for the Canadiens, who ultimately fell to Philadelphia.

After the Canadiens were eliminated by the Flyers, Subban was returned to the Bulldogs, who were still in contention in the Calder Cup playoffs.[7] At the end of the AHL season, Subban was awarded the AHL President's Award in recognition of his accomplishments for the year.[8]

Subban at the 2010 AHL All-Star Game

On March 20, 2011, Subban became the first Canadiens rookie defenceman to score a hat-trick in a game, which came in an 8–1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.[9]

Playing in 81 games in the 2011–12 season, Subban recorded seven goals and 29 assists. A restricted free agent after the season, Subban sat out the first four games of the 2012–13 season, which was postponed until January 2013 due to a labour lockout, while the two sides negotiated a contract. On January 28, 2013, however, Subban eventually signed a two-year, $5.75 million deal with Montreal.[10] He scored 11 goals and 27 assists, matching his career-high 38 points despite playing in only 42 games due to the lockout. At the end of the season, he was awarded with the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's defenceman of the year, edging-out Kris Letang and Ryan Suter for the honour.[11] On July 3, 2013, Subban was named to the NHL First All-Star Team.

Subban then played all 82 games during the 2013–14 regular season, in which he registered a total of 53 points, ten of which were goals. During the 2014 playoffs, he was one of Montreal's most important assets, registering 14 points in 17 games as the Canadiens ultimately reached the Eastern Conference Finals, falling to the New York Rangers.

Subban became a restricted free agent at the close of the 2013–14 season when his contract expired. According to the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Subban earned the right to salary arbitration, having signed his first Standard Player Contract between the ages of 18 and 20 and having accrued four years of professional experience or more.[12] He subsequently filed for arbitration before the deadline of July 5.[13] The hearing took place on August 1, 2014, with Subban's camp asking for a one-year deal worth $8.5 million, while the Canadiens offered a one-year deal worth $5.5 million.[14]

Under NHL CBA rules, the parties could continue to negotiate and reach an agreement until the arbitrator announced her decision, given in the 48 hours following the hearing. As arbitration was player-elected, once the arbitrator released her decision, the team would have had 48 hours to agree to the terms or walk away from the player, thereby making Subban an unrestricted free agent.[12] The day after the hearing, on August 2, it was announced that Subban and the Habs had agreed to terms on an eight-year, $72 million contract, running through the 2021–22 season.[15] The contract made him the highest-paid defenceman in the NHL and third-highest paid League player overall at the time.[16]

On September 15, 2014, Subban was named an alternate captain of the Canadiens along with Max Pacioretty, Tomáš Plekanec and Andrei Markov as Montreal Head Coach Michel Therrien elected not to award a captaincy following Brian Gionta's departure in off-season.[17]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sochi
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Canada
Gold medal – first place 2008 Czech Republic

Subban made an international debut for Canada at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic. He saw limited ice time as Canada's seventh defenceman, but was able to help the team capture their fourth consecutive gold medal at the tournament, defeating Sweden in overtime in the final. Subban again represented Canada at the 2009 World Juniors in Ottawa, taking on a more central role with the team. He scored three goals and nine points and a differential of +12 in the tournament, helping Canada to its fifth consecutive gold medal as they once again defeated Sweden in the final. Subban was named to the Tournament All-Star Team, along with tournament MVP and close friend John Tavares.

Subban was invited to participate in the 2012 IIHF World Championship, but was injured during pre-tournament play. In the next season, Subban was a late addition to the Canadian team at the 2013 edition of the tournament; he joined them in the elimination round for one game, which Canada lost. On January 7, 2014, Subban was named to Canada's 2014 Winter Olympic team for participation in the Games in Sochi in defence of their 2010 gold medal.[18] They successfully reprised the gold, prevailing 3–0 over Sweden in the tournament final.


Before the 2015–16 season, on September 16, 2015, Subban announced his donation of $10 million to the Montreal Children's Hospital.[19] The hospital called it "the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history."[19] After his donation, Subban continued his commitment as spokesman and organized the Winter Wonderland with Air Canada at the hospital before the holidays.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Subban signing autographs in 2013

Subban's parents both immigrated to Ontario from the Caribbean in the 1970s. His father Karl moved from Jamaica to Sudbury, and his mother, Maria, came from Montserrat to Hamilton. Karl is a retired school principal.[21] P. K. was born in Toronto, and has four siblings: Nastassia, Natasha, Jordan and Malcolm.[22] P. K., Malcolm and Jordan all played for the Belleville Bulls during their junior career. Growing up, Subban was good friends with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, John Tavares.[23] Malcolm is a goaltender who was selected by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Jordan was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Subban with the Montreal Canadiens in 2012
    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Belleville Bulls OHL 52 5 7 12 70 3 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Belleville Bulls OHL 68 15 41 56 89 15 5 8 13 26
2007–08 Belleville Bulls OHL 58 8 38 46 100 21 8 15 23 28
2008–09 Belleville Bulls OHL 56 14 62 76 94 17 3 12 15 22
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 18 35 53 82 7 3 7 10 6
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 2 2 2 14 1 7 8 6
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 14 24 38 124 7 2 2 4 2
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 7 29 36 119  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 11 27 38 57 5 2 2 4 31
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 10 43 53 81 17 5 9 14 24
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 15 45 60 74 12 1 7 8 31
NHL totals 366 57 170 227 383 54 11 27 38 92


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Ontario WHC17 5th 5 0 1 1 0
2008 Canada WJC 1st 7 0 0 0 2
2009 Canada WJC 1st 6 3 6 9 6
2013 Canada WC 5th 1 0 0 0 0
2014 Canada Oly 1st 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 18 3 7 10 8
Senior totals 2 0 0 0 0


League Award Year
OHL First All-Star Team 2009
AHL All-Rookie Team 2010
AHL President's Award 2010
NHL All-Rookie Team 2011
NHL James Norris Memorial Trophy 2013
NHL NHL First All-Star Team 2013
NHL NHL First All-Star Team 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Speedy Subban has lots of confidence". CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Canadiens sign defencemen Subban, Benoit to contracts". TSN. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Subban's callup adds extra drama ahead of Game 6". CBC Sports. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  4. ^ Dave Stubbs (2010-04-27). "Subban solid in playoff debut with Canadiens". National Post. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  5. ^ Doug Harrison (2010-04-30). "Penguins' power play ices Habs". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  6. ^ Tim Wharnsby (2010-05-20). "Canadiens dominate Flyers in Game 3". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Springtime hockey continues for Subban". Sportsnet. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  8. ^ "Habs prospect Subban wins AHL honours". Toronto Sun. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  9. ^ Stéphane Laberge (2011-03-26). "P. K. Subban écrit l'histoire" (in French). RDS. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  10. ^ "Canadiens sign Subban to two-year, $5.75M contract". TSN. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  11. ^ "NHL Awards: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin wins Hart Trophy as league's MVP". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  12. ^ a b "NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement" (PDF). NHL. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Ken Campbell (5 July 2014). "Great news for Canadiens fans: P.K. Subban files for arbitration". The Hockey News. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Sean Fitz-Gerald (1 August 2014). "A rundown of Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban’s arbitration hearing and what comes next". National Post. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Canadiens agree to terms on an 8-year contract with defenseman P.K. Subban". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ Arpon Basu (3 August 2014). "Subban, Canadiens agree to terms on 8-year contract". NHL. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Canadiens opt for four alternate captains this season". NHL. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "PK Subban, Carey Price will play for Team Canada in Sochi". CTV News. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  19. ^ a b Fox, Luke (September 16, 2015). "P.K. Subban making $10 million donation in Montreal". Sportsnet. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  20. ^ "P.K. Subban unveils Winter Wonderland at Montreal Children's Hospital". CBC News. December 24, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Subban family, Claireville school community gather for principal’s retirement". Etobicoke Guardian. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  22. ^ "P.K. Subban's NHL dream". Toronto Star. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  23. ^ Gordon, Sean (2012-08-23). "Subban, Tavares set friendship aside, just for a night". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  24. ^ "Canucks make Jordan Subban fourth round selection". Belleville Bulls. 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Erik Karlsson
Winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Duncan Keith