The P.K Subban Atrium was unveiled Wednesday at Montreal Children's Hospital, in recognition of a $10-million donation and fundraising partnership commitment from the Montreal Canadiens star defense-man and the hospital's foundation.
Subban said there were several factors that led him to make such a significant donation.
The first was the experiences he's had with people overcoming hardship. Like the time in his rookie season when he visited Children's Hospital on Christmas morning to hand out presents to patients without anyone knowing about it. Or the time he visited Haiti following the 2010 earthquake that left the country in ruins. Or when he met an 11-year-old cancer patient a few years ago who ultimately succumbed to the disease.
"Some of the things that I've seen in my short lifetime of 26 years old, it's helped mold me into coming out here today and making this commitment,"
Subban will work with the Hospital Foundation for at least the next seven years. The hospital called Subban's gesture the largest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian History.
He was asked why he donated so much, as he responded
"Why not? You know what? For me it's taking the step forward, it's taking the initiative to lead by example, it's not about the money; it's about leading by example and bringing a community together. In Montreal, this is my city just as much as its yours.
"It's my job as well to make a commitment to this city that everyone can understand. If because I play for the Montreal Canadiens and people know me because of that and I can use that to raise money for the hospital, that's my responsibility. I feel that."
Subban wants people to remember him for more than his hockey career.
"In life I believe you are not defined by what you accomplish but by what you do for others," he said. "Sometimes I try to think, 'P.K, are you a hockey player or are you just someone who plays hockey?' I just play hockey. Because one day I won't be a hockey player anymore. i'll just be someone who played hockey. So what do i want people to remember me for other than being a hockey player?...Well, every time you walk into this hospital, you'll know what I stand for."