Newspaper article The Canadian Press

P.K. Subban Pledges $10 Million to Montreal Children's Hospital

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

P.K. Subban Pledges $10 Million to Montreal Children's Hospital

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P.K. Subban pledges $10 million to kids' hospital


MONTREAL - P.K. Subban says hockey fans will discover he's not the person many critics make him out to be and that his pledge of at least $10 million for a children's hospital should demonstrate his altruism.

"When I hear things about me being a selfish person or being self-centred or cocky or arrogant, these things don't bother me," the Montreal Canadiens defenceman told reporters Wednesday after handing over a giant-sized cheque to the Montreal Children's Hospital.

"These people don't deserve a voice because they don't know me, but for the people that know me, it's very easy to understand.

"Montreal has seven another seven years to get to know me," he said, referring to the eight-year, $72-million deal he signed prior to the beginning of last season.

The hospital is calling the $10-million donation the largest philanthropic commitment ever made by a professional athlete in Canada.

In recognition of the donation, the Children's officially inaugurated the "Atrium P.K. Subban," a 486-square-metre, three-storey public space located at the heart of the hospital's new facilities.

"It is really an amazing feeling to be here," said Subban, who will now become a spokesperson for certain fundraising campaigns and flagship events organized by the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation.

"I am proud to walk in the footsteps of my idol Jean Beliveau by giving back to the community and feel privileged to be able to help transform the lives of sick children and their families."

Beliveau's widow, Elise, also joined Subban's family at the news conference.

The partnership with the hospital foundation will also see the creation of P.K.'s Helping Hand, a fund dedicated to assisting vulnerable families financially hurt by a child's illness.

"A lot of people don't realize that having a sick child often means one parent has to stop working, and it becomes tough to make ends meet," said Subban, 26. …

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