P. K. Subban

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P. K. Subban
PK Subban - Montreal Canadiens.jpg
Subban in 2012.
Born(1989-05-13) May 13, 1989 (age 25)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsRight
NHL teamMontreal Canadiens
National team Canada
NHL Draft43rd overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career2009–present
 
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P. K. Subban
PK Subban - Montreal Canadiens.jpg
Subban in 2012.
Born(1989-05-13) May 13, 1989 (age 25)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsRight
NHL teamMontreal Canadiens
National team Canada
NHL Draft43rd overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career2009–present

Pernell Karl "P. K." Subban[1] (born May 13, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays 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, and was tied with Kris Letang as the leading scorer amongst all defencemen.

Internationally, Subban has won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Subban signing autographs for fans 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.[2] P.K. was born in Toronto, and has four siblings: Nastassia, Natasha, Jordan and Malcolm.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Subban at the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.

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.[6]

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.[7] He recorded his first NHL playoff point, an assist, in his first NHL playoff game, on April 26, 2010.[8] His first goal came in game 1 of the Canadiens' second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 30, 2010.[9] In game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals, P.K. became the third rookie defenceman in Canadiens' history to register three assists in one game.[10] In all, Subban recorded 1 goal and 8 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.[11] Subban was awarded the AHL President's Award in recognition of his accomplishments in the 2009–10 season.[12]

On March 20, 2011, he became the first Canadiens rookie defenceman to score a hat trick in a game. This feat came in an 8–1 victory against the Minnesota Wild.[13]

Playing in 81 games in the 2011-12 NHL 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 2-year deal with Montreal worth $5.75 million.[14]

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.[15] 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.

On August 2, 2014, it was announced that Subban and the Habs had agreed to terms on an eight year contract worth an AAV of $9 million.[16] They did so prior to the release of the decision from the arbitration that had occurred the day before.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold2014 Sochi
World Junior Championships
Gold2009 Canada
Gold2008 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 3 goals and 9 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 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.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Subban in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2005–06Belleville BullsOHL5257127030002
2006–07Belleville BullsOHL681541568915581326
2007–08Belleville BullsOHL5883846100218152328
2008–09Belleville BullsOHL5614627694173121522
2009–10Hamilton BulldogsAHL7718355382737106
2009–10Montreal CanadiensNHL20222141786
2010–11Montreal CanadiensNHL7714243812472242
2011–12Montreal CanadiensNHL8172936119
2012–13Montreal CanadiensNHL4211273857522431
2013–14Montreal CanadiensNHL821043538117591424
NHL totals284421231673834310203063

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2006Canada OntarioWHC175th50110
2008CanadaWJC70002
2009CanadaWJC63696
2013CanadaWC5th10000
2014CanadaOly10000
Junior totals1837108
Senior totals20000

Awards[edit]

LeagueAwardYear
OHLFirst All-Star Team2009
AHLAll-Rookie Team2010
AHLPresident's Award2010
NHLAll-Rookie Team2011
NHLJames Norris Memorial Trophy2013
NHLNHL First All-Star Team2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Speedy Subban has lots of confidence". CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Subban family, Claireville school community gather for principal’s retirement". Etobicoke Guardian. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  3. ^ "P.K. Subban's NHL dream". Toronto Star. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  4. ^ Gordon, Sean (2012-08-23). "Subban, Tavares set friendship aside, just for a night". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Canucks make Jordan Subban fourth round selection". Belleville Bulls. 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  6. ^ "Canadiens sign defencemen Subban, Benoit to contracts". TSN. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Subban's callup adds extra drama ahead of Game 6". CBC Sports. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  8. ^ Dave Stubbs (2010-04-27). "Subban solid in playoff debut with Canadiens". National Post. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  9. ^ Doug Harrison (2010-04-30). "Penguins' power play ices Habs". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  10. ^ Tim Wharnsby (2010-05-20). "Canadiens dominate Flyers in Game 3". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  11. ^ "Springtime hockey continues for Subban". Sportsnet. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  12. ^ "Habs prospect Subban wins AHL honours". Toronto Sun. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  13. ^ Stéphane Laberge (2011-03-26). "P. K. Subban écrit l'histoire". RDS. Retrieved 2011-03-28.  (French)
  14. ^ "Canadiens sign Subban to two-year, $5.75M contract". TSN. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  15. ^ "NHL Awards: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin wins Hart Trophy as league's MVP". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  16. ^ "Canadiens agree to terms on an 8-year contract with defenseman P.K. Subban". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ "PK Subban, Carey Price will play for Team Canada in Sochi". CTV News. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Erik Karlsson
Winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy
2013
Succeeded by
Duncan Keith