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Canadiens' Subban meets baby hit by puck

Defenseman greets family of infant injured during Montreal practice

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban once again has delivered on behalf of kids in Montreal.

This time Subban met with Beatrice Dompierre, the 2-month-old who was struck by a puck Subban tossed into the crowd at the Canadiens' open practice at Bell Centre on Feb. 21.

According to the baby's mother, Valerie Meloche, Beatrice was kept overnight at Montreal Children's Hospital.

Subban, who pledged $10 million to the hospital in September, met with Beatrice and her family after the Canadiens defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Tuesday.

"Apparently, it was freak accident," Canadiens vice president of communications Donald Beauchamp told the Montreal Gazette last month. "The (tossed souvenir) puck was originally touched by an adult, who fumbled the puck. It touched two other people before ending up on the poor baby's head."

Subban reached out to the family as soon as he became aware of the incident, and he met with them for the first time after the game Tuesday.

Tweet from @seanfarrell27: Bébé Béatrice resting comfortably in the arms of @PKSubban1. All's well that ends well. #heisanatural

"I was so surprised with him," Meloche said Wednesday. "He was so easy to talk to and it really showed that he cares. He was playing with our children and having fun."

The meeting took place after the Canadiens hosted Dompierre in a Bell Centre suite.

"They insisted, and that was so nice of them to give us a happy ending to our family outing," Meloche said.

Meloche said her only regret was that she didn't have an opportunity to chat much with Subban because her children, who were already big fans, were so excited about meeting their idol in person.

"I told him I was sorry that he got caught up in all this and all the negative attention that came about because of what happened," Meloche said. "But he said, 'No, no, that's no problem. The most important thing is that your baby is all right.'"

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