Karl Subban knows just how much Montrealers love his son P.K. Subban
Karl Subban is well aware of the incredible love affair that is still going strong between Montreal hockey fans and his son P.K. Subban.
“P.K. is passionate about hockey and it’s the same feeling I get about the relationship between P.K. and the fans and the community and the city of Montreal,” said Karl Subban, in an interview Friday morning at a downtown hotel.
P.K. Subban now plays for the Nashville Predators but remains a popular figure here more than a year after he was traded from the Canadiens to the Preds.
Subban Sr. was in town to tape the top-rated ICI Radio-Canada Télé talk show Tout le monde en parle Thursday evening. The show aired Sunday night. Subban’s book How We Did It: The Subban Plan For Success in Hockey, School and Life, penned by Subban and journalist Scott Colby, will be released on Tuesday.
Karl Subban will be doing three public appearances this week in Montreal: at the Indigo store in Place Montreal Trust Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Renaud-Bray in Place Ville-Marie Thursday at noon and at Costco on Bridge St. Thursday at 5 p.m.
“There’s a lot of energy between P.K. and the fans and it’s positive energy,” said Karl Subban. “I was not here when he got back the first time against Montreal (after he was traded to Nashville). I was doing a speaking engagement in Edmonton. So I walked into the airport in Edmonton, right around 7 o’clock, and I was in the food court and all of the televisions were on that game because I think it was probably the most-watched event that week. And I was just crying. It was a very emotional moment, just feeling how they welcomed him. He’s my son and I’m thinking about how he’s feeling. And they didn’t stop clapping. There was so much love. There was so much positive energy and that describes how I think this city is connected to P.K.”
Subban talks about his philosophy of life in the book, which recounts the story of how this Jamaican immigrant and his wife Maria raised five children, including three sons – P.K., Malcolm and Jordan – who were all drafted into the National Hockey League.
Subban Sr. said he had a good chat backstage Thursday at Tout le monde en parle with Canadiens coach Claude Julien. They’d previously met when Julien was coaching the Boston Bruins, the team that drafted Malcolm.