Black sports history fact #27

The National Hockey League has seen a resurgence of Black players in recent times and Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman P.K. Subban is emerging as one of the game’s brightest stars. Beyond Subban’s athletic ability, he’s also known as one of the sport’s most charitable athletes after his record donation to a Canadian children’s hospital.

At 6-feet and 210 pounds, Subban, 26, casts a formidable figure on the ice. Off the ice, Subban has become celebrated in Montreal and across Canada for his charity wok and the donation to Montreal Children’s Hospital. In 2015, Subban gave the hospital $10 million dollars. It was confirmed by the facility as the largest donation ever made by a Canadian athlete. The hospital named its atrium after Subban, a moment the player said gave him goosebumps.

Born Pernell Karl Subban on May 13, 1989, the Toronto native is of Jamaican and Montserratian descent. After a stellar junior carer, Subban’s professional career began in 2009 and he played for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal’s American Hockey League affiliate team. In 2011, he was made an official member of the NHL squad, making the league’s all-rookie team.

In 2013, Subban won the James Norris Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the league’s top defenceman. That same year, he made his first All-Star team and repeated that feat last year. He is also a member of the Canadian Men’s Hockey team, which won Olympic gold at the 2014 Winter Games. His brothers, Malcolm and Jordan, are also professional hockey players.

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