When he landed at Nashville International Airport Sunday morning, there was an unfamiliar feeling for P.K. Subban.
Acquired by the Nashville Predators three weeks ago in a trade for Shea Weber, the former Montreal Canadiens defenseman stepped through the carpeted halls of BNA knowing this place was now not just Music City, Smashville or another stop, but rather, it was home.
And in classic P.K. Subban fashion, he went full bore into exploring his new city.
First, Subban caught a glimpse of the Bridgestone Arena ice, where he’s set to make his Preds debut in two months.
Then it was off to the legendary scene of Broadway and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
No visit is complete without a turn under the lights and a rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Overlooking the Cumberland River, Subban finally received his first Predators jersey.
“It feels good to be in Smashville,” Subban said. “Wearing this jersey just feels right.”
Finally, the superstar defenseman’s last stop was at Ford Ice Center, where he surprised Preds fans and youth hockey players with photos, autographs and plenty of smiles to go around.
And with that, Subban’s first 76 minutes of calling Nashville home were over, but the journey toward a Stanley Cup will begin soon enough.