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There’s a lot that differentiates Malcolm Subban from his older brother, P.K.

True, Malcolm does play for the same Belleville Bulls team P.K. skated for on his path to the Montreal Canadiens, but while the elder Subban was a blueliner, Malcolm represents the last line of defense as a goalie. Still, some of the Ontario League’s younger fans are trying to get things straight.

“I forget what building we were in, but a little guy knocked on the glass and got Malcolm’s attention and he said, ‘I thought you were a defenseman last year?’ ” said Bulls coach George Burnett. “Obviously there are people who know the name.”

This is actually the second season P.K. has been away from Belleville and, in fairness to the young fan, nobody really anticipated the next Subban would be on the scene so quick, including Burnett.

“We didn’t really expect Malcolm to be here this year, he just made it so difficult that we didn’t have any choice but to keep him,” the coach said. “We thought he’d play (Jr. A) with our affiliate team and he came in, had a great pre-season and he’s had a great start.

“He’s certainly on the right path.”

Malcolm was selected 218th overall in the 2009 OHL draft and doesn’t turn 17 until Dec. 21, meaning he’s not eligible for the NHL draft until 2012. But he’s already played five games this year and sports a healthy .910 save percentage to go along with a 2.77 goals-against average.

And while he’s often sporting that same big grin his brother flashes, there are certainly some distinguishing characteristics between the two.

“They’re different,” Burnett said. “Malcolm is much more quiet and laid back. Being a goaltender, I think, has something to do with it.”

Being a hockey parent has everything to do with how Karl Subban and his wife, Maria, feel when their son is standing in the blue paint.

“We’re just nervous as hell when he gets in the pipes,” Karl laughed. “It’s funny though, I’ve learned a lot about my kids through hockey. The one thing I’ve learned about Malcolm playing hockey in Belleville is that it really suits him. He’s got that manner, he’s got that personality; he’s so calm. And then he’s so passionate about being a goalie. He just has the right attitude and the personality for what he’s doing.

“I definitely am not responsible for him being a goalie.”

The Subban’s youngest son, Jordan, is also pursuing his hockey dreams as a minor midget AAA defenseman with the Toronto Marlboros. It’s early, but there’s a legitimate chance Jordan will be a first round pick at next summer’s OHL draft. That means it’s all but assured another guy with the name ‘Subban’ across his back will be in Ontario League rinks next fall.

Sorry to confuse you, kid.

Ryan Dixon is a writer and copy editor for The Hockey News magazine, the co-author of the book Hockey's Young Guns and a regular contributor to His blog appears Wednesdays.

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