P.K. Subban may have been born in Toronto, but he’s becoming an icon in Montreal for all the right reasons.
Wednesday morning, Subban announced that he will be making a seven-year, $10-million commitment to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, which the hospital called the largest, “philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.”
Speaking to those gathered for the announcement, Subban said that over his six seasons in Montreal the city has become his second home and that his love for Montreal is what sparked the historic contribution. In celebration of Subban’s donation, the Children’s Hospital named a three-storey, 5,200-square-foot atrium after the Canadiens blueliner.
"As I was walking out of the backroom, I noticed the P.K. Subban lettering up there and I got goosebumps," Subban said. "It's not too many times I get goosebumps in what I do playing hockey for a very long time in front a lot of people. That's probably the only time I got goosebumps in a long time.”
Part of Subban’s donation will go towards the creation of P.K.’s Helping Hand, a fund to aid families who are dealing with a child’s illness.
"A lot of people don't realize that having a sick child often means one parent has to stop working, and it becomes tough to make ends meet," Subban said in a statement. "P.K.'s Helping Hand is dedicated to making sure that these parents don't have to worry about paying for necessities like food and medicine and can instead focus on what's most important: helping their child get well.”
As part of Subban’s commitment, he’ll also act as a spokesperson for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation for select events and fundraising initiatives. Subban will also join the hospital’s board of directors.
"P.K. is a person of character, who strives for success, always working at new ways to stay on top of his game and he understands the value of teamwork," said Martine Alfonso, associate executive director of the Montreal Children's Hospital, in a release. "He is an outstanding role model for our patients and personifies the excellence for which the Children's is world-renowned.”
Subban, who is considered to be one of the frontrunners for Montreal’s vacant captaincy, signed an eight-year, $72-million contract with the Canadiens last summer that runs until the 2021-22 season.