P. K. Subban
|P. K. Subban|
Subban with the Montreal Canadiens in 2015
May 13, 1989 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)|
|NHL team||Montreal Canadiens|
|NHL Draft||43rd overall, 2007
Pernell Karl "P. K." Subban (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 Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 43rd overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In 2013, he won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, and was tied with Kris Letang as the leading scorer amongst all defencemen.
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. Subban was drafted by the Canadiens in the off-season. He recorded 46-points in just 58 games during the 2007–08 campaign, before adding 23 points and matching his regular season goals total of 8 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.
Subban was assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) to begin the 2009–10 season. He was elected 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. The following day he registered his first 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 playoff series against the Washington Capitals. He recorded his first NHL playoff point, an assist, in his first NHL playoff game, on April 26, 2010. His first goal came in game 1 of the Canadiens' second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 30, 2010. 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. In all, Subban recorded one goal and eight points in 14 playoff games for the Canadiens.
After the Canadiens were eliminated by the Flyers, Subban was returned to the Bulldogs, who were still alive in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Subban was awarded the AHL President's Award in recognition of his accomplishments in the 2009–10 season.
Playing in 81 games in the 2011–12 season, Subban recorded seven goals to go with 29 assists. A restricted free agent after the 2011–12 season, Subban sat out the first four games of 2013 while the two sides negotiated a contract. On January 28, 2013, he signed a two-year deal with Montreal worth $5.75 million.
Subban recorded 11 goals and 27 assists, matching his career-high 38 points despite playing in only 42 games because of the lockout-shortened season. At the end of the 2012–13 season, Subban won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top defenceman. On July 3, 2013, Subban was named to the NHL First All-Star Team.
Subban played 82 games in the 2013–14 regular season, in which he registered a total of 53 points with 10 of the points in goals. He was one of Montreal's most important assets for the playoffs, as he registered 14 points in 17 games.
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, 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. He filed for arbitration before the deadline of July 5. The hearing took place on August 1, 2014, with Subban's camp asking for a one-year deal worth $8.5 million and the Canadiens offering a one-year deal worth $5.5 million.
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, making Subban an unrestricted free agent. The day after the hearing, on August 2, 2014, 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. The contract made him the highest paid defenseman and third-highest paid player in the league at the time.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|Gold||2008 Czech Republic|
Subban made an international debut for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic. He saw limited ice time as Canada's 7th 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 represented Canada again at the 2009 World Juniors in Ottawa and took on a more important role with the team. He scored three goals and nine points and a differential of plus 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 Championships, but was injured during pre-tournament play. Subban was a late addition to the Canadian team at the 2013 IIHF World Championships. He joined them in the elimination round for one game, which Canada lost. Subban was named to Team Canada's 2014 Olympic Men's hockey team.
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. P. K. was born in Toronto, and has four siblings: Nastassia, Natasha, Jordan and Malcolm. 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. 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.
Regular season and playoffs
|OHL||First All-Star Team||2009|
|NHL||James Norris Memorial Trophy||2013|
|NHL||NHL First All-Star Team||2013|
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- "NHL Awards: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin wins Hart Trophy as league's MVP". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement". NHL. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
- Ken Campbell (5 July 2014). "Great news for Canadiens fans: P.K. Subban files for arbitration". The Hockey News. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
- 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.
- "Canadiens agree to terms on an 8-year contract with defenseman P.K. Subban". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
- Arpon Basu (3 August 2014). "Subban, Canadiens agree to terms on 8-year contract". NHL. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
- "Canadiens opt for four alternate captains this season". NHL. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "PK Subban, Carey Price will play for Team Canada in Sochi". CTV News. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
- "Subban family, Claireville school community gather for principal’s retirement". Etobicoke Guardian. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-06-30.
- "P.K. Subban's NHL dream". Toronto Star. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
- Gordon, Sean (2012-08-23). "Subban, Tavares set friendship aside, just for a night". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
- "Canucks make Jordan Subban fourth round selection". Belleville Bulls. 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-30.
- P. K. Subban on Twitter
- P. K. Subban's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- P. K. Subban's player profile at NHL.com
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy