All good things must come to an end and that includes hockey players. No fan likes to say goodbye to a player they love and enjoy watching growing up. Unfortunately for hockey fans, they’ve had to say goodbye to some legends recently with Henrik Lundqvist, Patrick Marleau, and Zdeno Chara. However, another star is hanging up his skates. P.K. Subban has retired from the game of hockey.
After 834 NHL games, P.K. Subban announces that he will be hanging up the skates. pic.twitter.com/WqK1720jRE
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) September 20, 2022
P.K. Subban Retires From The Game Of Hockey
Subban’s last stint was with the New Jersey Devils, but he also suited up for the Montreal Canadiens and the Nashville Predators. The connection between Subban and Montreal was the strongest. His impact on and off the ice was a big reason why. A stellar defenseman in his prime years, Subban had that rare ability to get fans on the edge of their seat whenever he touched the puck. His blend of physicality, scoring touch, and swagger made him an instant fan favourite. On top of all of this, he had a knack for coming up with big plays in big moments. It seemed the bigger the moment, the better he played. His trade to Nashville was a controversial moment in Habs history. It is still a sore spot for many Habs fans to this day.
Originally drafted in the second round in 2007, Subban made an immediate impact once he joined the Habs. He was called into action during the 2010 playoffs. There he acquitted himself very well, scoring one goal and eight points in 14 games. Subban skated in 867 career games and scored 115 goals, 352 assists, and 467 points. His best season came in 2014-15 with the Montreal Canadiens where he posted 60 points. In the postseason, Subban seemed to elevate his game. Subban tallied 62 points in 94 playoff contests. He was a Stanley Cup finalist with the Nashville Predators in 2017.
Subban created some of the best memories that now will live on forever, especially for Habs fans. He seemed to relish playing against the rival Boston Bruins. To the joy of Habs fans and the chagrin of Bruins fans, Subban seemed to enjoy scoring big goals in big moments against the B’s. He also endeared himself around the league when he levelled a huge bodycheck on Bruins super-pest Brad Marchand.
While he may not have won a Stanley Cup, the man does have awards in his cabinet. He would go on to win the Norris Trophy in 2012-13. The stellar defensemen beat Kris Letang and Ryan Suter for the honour. Subban would also take home the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2021-22. He was hard to play against in his prime and one of the better players we’ve grown to see. On the international stage, Subban won Gold at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships as well as the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He also graced the cover of the EA sports NHL ’19 video game.
Thank You! pic.twitter.com/rpyePEKvyG
— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) September 20, 2022
After the Game
He won’t be gone for long, as we have already seen him as an analyst on the NHL on ESPN during their playoff coverage. Subban possesses the charisma to find a home in the media if he wants. It does feel like it’s the next logical step for Subban. Subban will also continue his charity work in Montreal, Nashville and New Jersey.
Subban always seemed to have an eye for life after hockey. He has spent time building up his personal brand to ready himself for the day he stopped being a hockey player. That day has come, so now Subban must get on with his life’s work.
Subban was an exciting player that left an impression on the game. His raw emotion, excitement and joy for the game were always evident when he played. In his prime, Subban was one of the most exciting players in the league. While injuries slowed him in the later part of his career, Subban will be missed.
It has been an interesting day for NHL defencemen. On the same day that PK Subban retires from hockey, Zdeno Chara and Keith Yandle also announce their retirement.
P.K. Subban has retired from the NHL after a 13-year career.
Norris Trophy for Top Defenseman
2014 Olympic gold medal
What a career 👏 pic.twitter.com/6tNv4RdvAe
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 20, 2022