MONTREAL -- As P.K. Subban walked into the atrium of Montreal Children's Hospital for what would be the most important announcement of his life Wednesday, he looked up in the giant room he was entering and it hit him.
Up on the wall, in giant letters, were the words "Atrium P.K. Subban," a recognition of the $10 million donation Subban and his foundation were making to the hospital, but also a culmination of a life's work, in a sense.
Those words are visible from three floors of the new hospital, floors that were packed with staff gathered to watch Subban speak Wednesday, as well as from the sun-drenched room that welcomes patients and staff when they use the back entrance to the building.
The words are front and center, much like Subban often appears to be when he is playing defense for the Montreal Canadiens, and just like he was Wednesday in making the announcement of a donation the hospital called "the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history."