Subban awarded Meritorious Service Cross for his charity work
Canadian ice hockey star Pernell Karl “P.K.” Subban received the the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from the Governor General of Canada for his charity work and then met the media Wednesday at a packed news conference at the Bell Centre, in Montreal.
“It’s a privilege to play in the NHL (National Hockey League) and it’s a privilege to be a player who is traded out of Montreal and still have this type of support,” Subban said. “Talk to a lot of guys who have been traded, I don’t think they would be standing up here doing a press conference when they come back. So, I’m very honored and happy to know that, in the Mecca of hockey, fans still support me and are behind me.”
In September 2015, he made a pledge to raise CAD$10 million over 7 years for the Montreal Children’s Hospital, mainly for a program called P.K.’s Helping Hand to support families of sick kids.
Watch P.K. Subban accept the Meritorius Service Cross from Canada’s Governer General David Johnston (Courtesy of The Canadian Press):
It is the biggest charitable commitment ever made by a Canadian athlete and it was the reason Gov. Gen. David Johnston was in the hospital’s packed P.K. Subban Atrium to pin the Meritorious Service Cross on the player’s chest. Subban’s parents and 2 sisters, as well as many friends and fans, were on hand to share the moment.
“It was pretty spectacular,” Subban said. “It is the highest honor I have ever had in my life, so it’s pretty special.”
This from a member of Canada’s 2014 Olympic gold medal team and the 2013 winner of the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman. He also was the Montreal Canadiens’ highest-paid player, having been given an 8-year 72 million deal ahead of the 2014-15 season.
Subban presently plays as a defense man with the Nashville Predators having been traded by the Montreal Canadiens in June 2016.