Every sport has certain stereotypes that have been around for generations. For hockey, it’s the type of language they use, a certain look or cliche responses to reporters questions. “Get pucks in deep, give 110% percent, win the blue lines.” One player destroying all of these stereotypes and doing it on his own terms:
This past off-season, P.K. Subban was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Webber. It was a series of ups and downs in Habs country but the impact he left there will be everlasting.
He donated 10 million dollars to the Children’s Hospital in Montreal. It was called “the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian History.” Even when he is retired, his impact will be felt by all those kids and their families.
Off the ice, he is everything you would want him to be. He plays with swag, energy and has a flare for the dramatics. Whether it be a bow and arrow celebration when he scores or crushing someone with a hip check, something entertaining will happen when Subban is on the ice.
There will always be haters of the 2013 Norris Trophy winner (awarded to the best defenseman). People say he is too cocky or doesn’t respect the game. The NHL can be an old school game and change can rub people the wrong way. It’s basically because people are scared of change and Mike Millbury was the most recent to drink the haterade.
“He’s got a tremendous personality and sometimes you’ve got to keep it under control. I know it’s a new day and age and everybody wants to be on Instagram or Twitter. But you’ve got to keep focus. This is a tough game. When I see this I start to think maybe (Predators coach) Peter Laviolette ought to give him a rap on the head and say, ‘Hey P.K. focus in, we’ve got a game tonight and you don’t have to be a clown out there.’”
That former NHL coach and player beat a paying customer with a shoe, basically calling Subban a clown for dancing while warming up. If you can’t have fun while playing a sport then why play at all? Finding an obscene reason to criticise a player is just stupid.
Subban’s stats can speak for themselves. #76 has had five seasons of ten or more goals and in the last four seasons, he’s had forty or more points. He is a puck moving defenceman and that is needed in today’s NHL.
P.K Subban is African-American and race should never factor in a sport but in the NHL it does. If you don’t think it does, look at the tweets after Subban scores and then tell yourself that race isn’t an issue.
Subban being in Nashville has been a dream situation for the Toronto product. He doesn’t have to be a star player and can play free and do what he does best. He had 10 goals and 30 assists this season. The Predators are in the Western Conference finals for the first time in their Franchise’s history and Subban is a major reason why.
The NHL needs more guys like P.K. because he brings a different dynamic to the league. He’s a reason for people to switch the channel to NBC. Power play time for the Nashville Predators usually means you’ll see Subban on the ice. His boomer of a slapshot and swaggy celebrations will keep your eyes glued to the TV.
The Montreal Canadiens didn’t think they could win with the free moving defenceman, but the change of scenery has been only positive for the D-Man. A Cup for the Subban would be legendary and a dream year for the eccentric defenseman.