montreal bleacher report
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is known for his kindness off the ice, but one of those gestures took an unfortunate turn Sunday.According to Jordan Heck of Sporting News, Subban accidentally hit a one-month-old baby in the head while tossing pucks to the fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal during an open practice Sunday. Heck passed along a French Facebook post from the mother, who said her baby suffered a concussion from the blow and was taken to Montreal Children’s Hospital.Heck added the baby is expected to make a full recovery.The team visited the baby Monday, and Heck shared a quote from vice president of Canadiens communications Donald Beauchamp via a translation of TV Anouvelles: “Members of the organization went to meet the family on Monday morning. The players feel quite involved in an event like this. Whenever possible, they always try to be cautious when launching a puck into the stands.”While this one did not turn out as planned, this isn’t the first time Subbam has made headlines for an act of kindness. In 2015, Montreal’s Children Hospital announced the Canadiens defenseman would donate $10 million to the hospital over the course of seven years, which was another testament to Subban’s impact off the ice.He is also arguably the team’s best player on the ice, tallying a career-high 60 points last season with 15 goals and 45 assists. He also posted a plus-21 rating, per ESPN.com, which was the best mark of his NHL tenure. This year, Subban is in the midst of another impressive campaign with 46 points on five goals and 41 assists.As a defender, he is always looking to push the puck into the offensive zone and set up his teammates with scoring opportunities. As of Monday, his 41 assists ranked fourth in the league.The All-Star won the 2012-13 James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman and leads the Canadiens in total points this season.At 28-27-5, Montreal is outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture and needs a late-season charge in the stretch run, and Subban’s continued dominance is likely his team’s best chance of doing so.
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