NEW YORK -- The smiling face behind Canada's 2009 World Junior Championship gold-medal quest belonged to defenseman P.K. Subban
It's a smile that Subban, a defenseman with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League and a 2007 second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, wears well, and wears often.
"He's a great guy," said teammate Eric Tangradi. "If you're ever down in the room, need a smile on your face, P.K. is the guy that will pick you up. … He's a great character guy and he's awesome to have around."
"He has a very infectious personality," added Belleville coach George Burnett. "He's a guy that gets up with that smile on his face most days, and even if he doesn't feel good he's got a smile."
It's always sunny when Subban is around.
"You have to enjoy it," Subban told NHL.com. "You're playing hockey. I moved away from home at 16 to play junior hockey. My future, I look ahead and there's a lot of things I can accomplish, but you have to have fun doing it, though. This is something you love; you have to enjoy it.
"I don't come to the rink frowning because at the end of the day I'm playing junior hockey, I'm having my post-secondary education paid for. A lot of my friends back home are working at McDonald's or working at their local mall trying to scrape up change just to take a university course. We're very fortunate, and I don't think a lot of people understand that. They take that for granted and you can't because you're so lucky."
Author: Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Staff Writer