Born May 13, 1989 (age 22) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens
Subban is the son of a Jamaican immigrant dad and a mother from the tiny volcano-ravaged island of Montserrat. They both immigrated to Canada in the 1970s and later had Subban and his four siblings (Natassia, Natasha, Jordan and Malcolm). PK decided to go into the world of hockey, starting out with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls and having a pretty good rookie season. He improved to 56 points in 68 games the next season, after which the Canadiens drafted him 43rd overall. Instead of going to Montreal right away, he stayed in juniors, getting the Bulls to the Cup finals against the Kitchener Rangers in 2007-08. In 2008-09, the Habs signed him to a three-year entry-level contract.
He went to their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, for 2009-10, going to the AHL All-Stars Game and getting called up to the big show in February. February yielded his first NHL point against Philadelphia. He got another call-up at the end of April for Montreal’s playoff run against Washington, getting his first goal in the second round against Pittsburgh. In the third round against Philadelphia, he registered three assists in one game, but Montreal was eliminated and he was sent back to Hamilton to help with their playoffs run.
In March of this year, he became the first rookie Canadiens defenseman to score a hat trick, doing so in an 8-1 victory against Minnesota. Last season he played 77 games for Montreal, scored 14 goals, got 24 assists and 38 penalty minutes. For the playoffs, he played 7 games, got 2 goals and 2 assists plus 2 penalty minutes. He’s also represented Canada internationally before in the 2008 and 2009 World Juniors, getting gold medals both times. He’s good friends with Worlds teammate and New York Islander John Tavares, too. Montreal’s in a bit of a slump right now, but Subban and his teammates may just surprise us yet this season.