PK Subban announces retirement at age 33 after 13 NHL seasons

PK Subban announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday after 13 seasons in the league.

Subban concludes his career with 115 goals and 467 points in 834 games.

“I remember my dreams of playing in the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup, similar to the guys on the Don Cherry Rock’em Sock’em tapes at the end of each part, with the black eyes, broken bones and tears of joy To this day I still dream of it,” Subban wrote on his Instagram account.

“However, the end of this chapter is closing and after 13 years in the NHL I have made the decision to retire.

“I never looked at myself or felt like I was ‘just a hockey player’. I always saw myself as someone who happened to be playing hockey. That perspective allowed me to enjoy every serve as if it were my last, every goal with emotion celebrate and play every game as if someone paid to watch me play who’ve never seen me play before.”

Drafted in the second round, 43rd overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007, Subban spent his first seven seasons with the Habs and captured the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defender in 2013. Subban also made his first NHL First All- Star Team roster that year, an honor he also received in 2015.

He signed an eight-year contract extension worth $72 million with the Canadiens in 2015, but Subban was traded to the Nashville Predators for fellow star defender Shea Weber before his no-trade clause went into effect.

Subban spent three seasons with the Predators and reached the Stanley Cup final during his first year with the club.

Nashville traded Subban against the New Jersey Devils on June 22, 2019 for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies and two second-round draft picks.

“To a great league that gave me the opportunity to compete at the highest level with some of the best athletes in the world. The NHL also provided me with a platform through which I could give back through my charities,” said Subban. “A sincere thanks to the many players I’ve played with or competed against who have brought out the best in me. A heartfelt appreciation to the Montreal Canadians, Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils for every representative of organizations of class and integrity.”

Subban scored five goals and 22 points in 77 games last season and became an unrestricted free agent for the first time this summer.

The 33-year-old from Toronto has also represented Canada on several occasions, winning consecutive World Junior Championships in 2008 and 2009 and an Olympic gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.

Subban was awarded this year’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy from NHL.com citing his commitment “to racial and social justice, disadvantaged youth, COVID-19 relief and youth hockey.” A four-time finalist for the trophy, Subban pledged $10 million to Montreal Children’s Hospital in 2015, one year after starting the PK Subban Foundation.

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