As P.K. Subban emerged from the Nashville Predators dressing room at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, he couldn't help but notice some familiar faces from his former city.
A collection of Canadian media members from Montreal, where Subban made his living during the first seven years of his NHL career, were on hand to document his opening moments as a member of the Preds during his first official day on the new job.
But Subban made it clear he has already moved on from his former club, choosing to focus on what he believes is a team that could do something special this season.
"It's a different city, different organization but it's business as usual," Subban said. "I'm just here to play hockey and help the team win and do my part.
"Coming into a new dressing room is exciting. Meeting new players and new management, new staff, it's an exciting time and for me. At 27 years old, with no family or any children or anything like that, it's like you get a bunch of new brothers."
Video: Subban says he loves the city and people of Nashville
Subban and his new mates have plenty to look forward to as camp commences. For one, there's a sense of hope, excitement and a confidence in Nashville. Subban is aware of the expectations surrounding his new club, and he doesn't mind shouldering some of them.
"I've never been short of putting high expectations on myself; I've never been short of saying I want to win a Stanley Cup," Subban said. "It was the first thing I said when I got traded; I want to win a Stanley Cup here. In Montreal, we had the opportunity to bring back the 25th Stanley Cup, but we have an opportunity to bring back the first here."
It's clear Subban would love to win a championship for the fans in Nashville, many of which he's already had the pleasure of meeting in his short time here. And he says the Southern Hospitality is real.
"It's impossible to not feel comfortable in this city," Subban said. "I've been here for six or seven days, it feels like I've been here for six or seven years. The people are just extremely nice and I can't wait for my family to get down here and to have the same feeling that I have… The people are great, the food, I have to watch the food because the food is great here too, but the people are amazing. That's what I take from this city the most is the people that are here are just good people."
Subban is naturally an upbeat person, but even he knows attaining the ultimate goal is far from easy. As Predators General Manager David Poile expressed on Thursday, it'll take time to see exactly what kind of team the Predators have.
And Subban can't wait to play his part.
"To win the Stanley Cup is such a process and it takes everybody on board," Subban said. "There's going to be some growing pains for me, for our team, but I look forward to those, and that's how you build a championship team. I don't know if I'm the final piece or the second-to-last piece or the third-to-last piece, but I'm just happy to be part of team that has an opportunity to win, and I feel we have that here."