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Subban brothers to face off in Canadiens-Bruins game

Monday, 09.16.2013 / 10:55 AM / News

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Subban brothers to face off in Canadiens-Bruins game
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is expected to face brother Malcolm Subban, a goaltender for the Boston Bruins, for the first time in the NHL in Monday's preseason action.

P.K. Subban played his last season of junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2008-09 season.

The following season the Bulls broke in a new goaltender with a familiar name -- Malcolm Subban.

With the five-year age difference between the oldest two of the hockey-playing Subban brothers, the pair had never been on the ice in a competitive game together -- until Monday at Bell Centre in Montreal (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN2, RDS).

"Because of the age difference between us, we never played against one another except in summer hockey," P.K. Subban told reporters Monday.

P.K. Subban is one of six defensemen listed on the Montreal Canadiens' roster for the preseason game Monday against the Boston Bruins, who will have Malcolm Subban sharing duties in goal with Chad Johnson.

"I sent him a text message [Sunday] but he hasn't answered," P.K. said. "[I] think he's giving me the cold shoulder."

P.K. said he wouldn't be sharing any homegrown scouting reports on his brother.

"Usually the [coaches] give us a detailed scouting report on the players we'll be facing," he said. "They're pretty good at doing that, so I'll let them handle it."

With Tuukka Rask starting his eight-year contract this season, it's likely 19-year-old Malcolm Subban, the 24th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, will return to Belleville for one more season of development.

At 24, P.K. is entering his prime, including the Norris Trophy he won last season as the League's best defenseman.

A third Subban brother, Jordan, was returned to his junior team by the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

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