P.K. Subban’s dad says he’ll always be a Canadiens fan

P.K. Subban talked about his journey with the Predators after being traded less than a year ago, and responding to Chris Kunitz saying Nashville has “four Erik Karlssons.” (Courtesy: WKRN)

As Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban laces up his skates for the first Stanley Cup Final appearance of his career, he’ll have the support of his family in the stands.

“We hope to catch all the games, because you just never know when you’ll be in this position again or situation again, in the Stanley Cup Final,” P.K.’s dad, Karl Subban, told CBC’s Jessica Rusnak during an interview on Daybreak Montreal Friday morning. “We’ll be there rooting for P.K. and his Predators teammates and for the city of Nashville.”

While the Subbans are all-in on the Predators right now, Karl says his allegiance will always remain with his original hockey love, the Montreal Canadiens.

“I’ve been a fan for 47 years; the day I came to Canada I became a Habs fan,” he told Rusnak. “Montreal Canadiens have been a big part of my life, they also helped to shape my life, so it will be hard to forget about them.”

“The Canadiens gave P.K. an opportunity to live his dream, which he has,” said Subban, whose book How We Did It: the Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life, will come out in October. “Because of the Canadiens, he became a very good hockey player, and he also became a better person and so for that, I will cherish those things for the rest of my life.”

His all-star defenceman son, P.K., was dealt away from the Canadiens in a blockbuster trade last off-season and has been an integral part of the Predators’ playoff success.

“I’m a hockey fan, I’ll always be a fan of the Montreal Canadiens,” he said, “but right now I’m a bigger fan of the Nashville Predators.”

Next stop? Pittsburgh.

“It’s going to be one nice ride,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

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