P.K. Subban: contagious energy

P.K. Subban: contagious energy


“Wow! I am surprised. I think it's young. I call you later.

Andrei Markov was about to hit the ice for practice with Spartak Moscow, the KHL team for which he serves as an assistant, when Le Diary brought him the news of P.K. Subban's retirement at age 33.

He still couldn't believe it when he called back.

“This is where you see that time flies by and that there is nothing we can do to slow it down,” said the former Canadiens defender, a philosopher.

< p>“But I'm sure he'll do just fine no matter what path he takes from now on. He's the kind of guy who can have fun and be successful in anything he does,” he added.

When the author of these lines told him that Subban would host his television show, the reaction of the 43-year-old Russian was unequivocal.

Subban attended his former Russian teammate's wedding in 2017.

“Ah! It's good for him. He's going to be good in there.

The Russian defender was in his ninth season with CH when Subban joined at the end of the 2009-2010 season. Injured during the second round of the playoffs in the spring of 2010, it was mainly as a spectator that Markov witnessed the arrival of the rookie in Montreal.

“He was one of those who helped us go a long way that season,” said the former number 79, recalling that the Habs had made it to the final of the Association. of the East.

P.K., it's P.K.

It was during this spring, known in Quebec as being “the Halak spring “, that the supporters of the Canadian fell in love with him. However, they will soon, like his teammates, discover an exuberant and energetic athlete, bordering on hyperactivity. Which did not suit everyone.

“People are as they are. You cannot change them. P.K. was P.K. and will always be P.K. That's his way of being, “said Markov, acknowledging that the Ontarian was not unanimous.

” He was a very great player. He was always positive, he always had a lot of energy. No matter what, his energy was contagious. Me, I had fun with him, ”continued Markov, known for his taciturn temperament.

Moreover, the old number 79 recalls that the friendship and respect between the two men were such that Subban traveled to Moscow to attend his wedding.

“My wife Sonya and I , it touched us a lot. It showed the kind of person he is. He was a good teammate and a good friend. »

A shock during the transaction 

This is why he admits to having suffered a shock when in June 2016, Marc Bergevin traded Subban to the Nashville Predators in return for Shea Weber.

“I was in my car when I heard the news. I don't remember where I was going, but I remember stopping on the side of the road. I couldn't believe it, but I imagine it was worse for the Canadiens fans. »

Indeed. A debate then began on the winner of this transaction. 

And as fate is sometimes ironic, he wanted the two backs to hang up their skates, officially or not , practically at the same time.