The former Montreal Canadians, Nashville Predator and New Jersey defenceman P.K Subban has announced his retirement from the NHL following 13 seasons in the league.
Subban, 33, retires having played 834 games racking up 467 points and it might come as a bit of a shock to some who feel he might’ve still had some more left to give in professional hockey.
He released a photo with a statement across his socials Tuesday morning.
In his post Subban writes that he never looked at himself as “just a hockey player” but as someone who happened to play hockey.
“Having that perspective allowed me to enjoy every shift like it was my last, and celebrate every goal with emotion, and play every game as if someone paid to watch me play who had never seen me play before”, Subban wrote.
Having won a Norris Trophy, as being recognized as the NHL’s most outstanding defenceman in 2013, Subban was as an electric a talent as anyone for a majority of his career.
In June, Subban received the King Clancy trophy in recognition of his leadership and humanitarian contributions, particularly his commitment to social justice and COVID-19 relief, he was also named as a finalist on three other occasions.
As a noted humanitarian, Subban was a founding member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, which was started by former NHLer Akim Aliu and other players of colour in June 2020. He was also an advocate for the Montreal Children’s Hospital as he was a generous donor of $10 million.
Subban was known for having a larger than life personality on and off the ice as his antics rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way.
This larger than life personality has definitely helped him transition in his later career as he was frequently spotted at social events like the ESPY’s and also out and about with celebrities from other sports and entertainment mediums.
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