There were many criticisms, complaints, lamentations, and sighs about PK Subban’s time with the New Jersey Devils on the ice. There was nothing but praise and appreciation for Saban’s time with the Demons of Ice. Suban has always been in the public eye – at least for most hockey players – and has always been pushed to do more than just play in the best league in the world. Subban used his platform, team role, and apparent passion for philanthropy in his time with the New Jersey Devils. As a result, Suban made franchise history this evening. The NHL announced this evening that PK Subban is the winner of this season’s King Clancy.
Subban is the first demon to win a game of Clancy, which is awarded to “the player or players who best represent leadership qualities on and off the ice and have made a noteworthy human contribution to their community”. This subjunctive would perfectly fit a Subban with a “T.” According to the announcement on the Devils website, here’s a short list of what Subban did in 2021-22 for the benefit of the community:
- Continuation of his Blueline Buddies Program, which he started in Nashville to connect children and local law enforcement with the goal of building trust between communities. Suban has expanded this program to health care workers since the pandemic began. This season, RWJBaranabas Health has joined the program as a partner.
- The PK Subban Foundation awarded $1 million in March to Le SPOT, the new mental health clinic at Montreal Children’s Hospital — for which it pledged $10 million in 2015.
- Matching donations of up to $100,000 with the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation for Ukrainian cancer patients forced to relocate due to Russia’s war on Ukraine.
- To be appointed to the co-chair of the Player Inclusion Committee under the league’s Executive Inclusion Board, which includes NHL owners, former players, and various executives.
- Collaboration with the Devils on the Black History Month team jersey, featured in the main image of this post. An auction of said T-shirts benefited from the Devils Youth Foundation and the PK Subban Foundation, raising nearly $20,000.
- Continuing to use his social media platform to support his charitable and demons efforts, which have included food assistance programs and disadvantaged communities in Newark.
For any player, this is very little work and deserves honor. For Saban, it seems normal. Because it talks about Suban’s personality as a person. This is not new to him. Some efforts continued for several seasons and teams. The PK Subban Foundation has been very active since its inception. Even being a finalist for the King Clancy’s Cup is nothing new to him. He reached the final three more times, including the past two seasons with the Devils. Suban knows that professional hockey has given him a lot; He chose to take that and give back to countless people. This has obviously been a long time coming and I am happy to see that his off-ice contributions have been honored by the league.
All you could possibly think of about Subban’s time playing for demons and the value he brought to the ice is all you might think. What cannot be discussed is the value that Suban brought from the ice, which has been significant from season to season. Perhaps more in the league will follow Soban’s lead; The world would be a little better for him.
Congratulations to Span for winning the King Clancy Cup. The first Demon from New Jersey to win this award.