MONTREAL – P.K. Subban has been named a finalist for the NHL’s Foundation Player Award, which will be handed out at the NHL Awards next month in Las Vegas.
|P.K. Subban (© Natacha Rousseau) |
The Canadiens defenseman is one of three players in a position to secure the honor, along with Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Matt Martin of the New York Islanders.
Handed out for the first time in 1997-98, the NHL Foundation Player Award is presented annually to the player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community." The winner will receive a $25,000 donation to the organization of his choice.
Subban has been involved in several community-related initiatives since arriving on the scene in Montreal six years ago, but he is best known for his remarkable pledge last year to raise $10 million for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation over a seven-year period.
Despite a busy schedule during the season, the 26-year-old defenseman took part in various hospital initiatives over the last few months, including the sale of autographed Winter Classic jerseys, the Twitter campaign to support P.K.’s Helping Hand, as well as a holiday matching gift campaign.
His efforts, taking into account his personal financial contribution and that of the P.K. Subban Foundation, have raised over $820,000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Subban also pays regular visits to kids who are currently hospitalized, acts as an ambassador and has joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation.
Subban’s involvement in these endeavors made him the Canadiens’ recipient of the 2015-16 Jean Beliveau Trophy, which is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities in the community.
The NHL Awards will take place on June 22 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.