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Subban to host trivia game show for NHL with season paused

Devils defenseman hopes project gives fans 'some things to laugh about'

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

P.K. Subban will host a trivia-based game show that will feature fans, celebrities and NHL players during the NHL pause.

The New Jersey Devils defenseman made the announcement during a video call of players from the Metropolitan Division arranged by the NHL on Thursday.

"I'm sure it could be some fun stuff and it's also great to create some content that brings some joy to people, gives people some things to laugh about because there's a lot of things to frown about [right now]," Subban said. "I'm happy that the League is making an initiative to put smiles on people's faces and give fans some content to look forward to and have some fun with. Hopefully this game show can do that and I'm looking forward to it."

The NHL is hoping to begin the show in the next two weeks.

"You're always trying to find ways to be constructive and keep yourself busy, and I don't have kids, so I might have extra time that you don't have to do other things," Subban said.

Subban asked Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who was on the video call, if he planned on tuning in to watch the game show.

Ovechkin said, "Yes, why not. Anything for you, bud."

Subban does have experience hosting a show with "P.K. Subban's All-Star Special" during the NHL All-Star break in 2019. 

Subban spent a week and a half in New Jersey after the NHL announced the pause on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. He returned to his offseason home in Los Angeles to be with fiancée Lindsey Vonn and continue his workouts because he didn't have much gym equipment in New Jersey.

"I went from one hotbed [in New Jersey] to another [in California], and it's just crazy to see," Subban said. "I do a lot of work in hospitals and stuff too, and it doesn't really hit you until you think about all the people that don't have what we have, don't have the support system that we built for ourselves and do our jobs and the resources that we have. It's just kind of crazy to be in the hotbed of things and see how people have handled it.

"You've got to give crazy props to the doctors and nurses and all the people that have put in crazy hours, that have those masks on, that are doing work all day. … I couldn't imagine having one of those on for a 14-, 15-, 16-hour shift. Shout out to all those people that are putting in the time and continuing to make us healthy and safe. It's just tough. It's just a tough time. It's crazy."

Subban said the best show he's watched since the pause has been the Netflix docuseries, "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness."

"It's highly entertaining and I'm not a big TV guy," Subban said.

He also offered some words of advice before signing off.

"I think everybody, to a certain degree, still has their freedom to do what they like to do, but there's obviously a bigger cause with quarantining, washing your hands and making sure you try to be as disciplined as you can because it's going to help save lives," he said. "The quicker we can continue to be disciplined, maybe the quicker this turns around.

"There are a lot of people going through difficult things, and for the people lucky enough to have a house over their head, clothes, food and water, just do what you can to help within the guidelines."

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