Player of the Week - P.K. Subban
When it comes to hockey, Montreal Canadiens fans definitely love a showman, a spark-plug, a player with charisma and, above all else, an amazing talent.
When it comes to hockey, Montreal Canadiens fans definitely love a showman, a spark-plug, a player with charisma and, above all else, an amazing talent. They must be over the moon at the Bell Centre, because they have all these things in one dynamic young defenceman - P.K. Subban. With his natural talent, his penchant for the spotlight and his openness and willingness to speak with the media, P.K. has quickly become a favourite of the Habs faithful.
P.K. has emerged as a crucial young piece in the Canadiens line-up in his short time with the team. After making his debut in the 2010 playoffs following an injury to Andrei Markov, the young Toronto, ON native quickly proved he was more than capable of performing on the biggest stage in hockey. He carried his strong play into the 2011 season, where after a brief stint in the press-box early in the season, he was consistently the Habs best defenceman and a crucial element on their powerplay. The former member of the Belleville Bulls of the OHL seems to be on the path to becoming a bona-fide NHL star and he is doing it in the uniform of the team that he and his father have rooted for since he was a child, something that undoubtedly has made his journey to the NHL all the more sweet.
With his first full season now under his belt, and a firm understanding of not only what he is capable of, but also what will now be expected of him in a passionate, yet demanding market, P.K.’s ability to continue to grow as a player while helping the Canadiens maintain a strong position in the Eastern Conference hierarchy will be key.
- P.K. had a strong rookie season with the Canadiens, suiting up in 77 games and scoring 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points
- Quickly became a well-liked player by the fans in Montreal for his joie-de-vivre and his charismatic and playful approach to the day-to-day grind of the NHL season
- P.K. is currently representing the NHLPA and his fellow players in Haiti as a part of a group of people visiting the island nation to witness the progress of the re-construction of the Grace Children’s Hospital through the Hockey for Haiti program, a project started in conjunction with former PA member Georges Laraque, the NHLPA and World Vision Canada
- Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 13, 1989
- Drafted in the 2nd round, 43rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
- Had a solid rookie campaign in 2010-11, registering 38 points, including nine power-play goals, a number that led the Habs roster
- Has represented Canada internationally on a couple of occasions, capturing back-to-back gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships