P.K. Subban shows off his custom skate (via P.K. Subban/YouTube)
Montreal Canadiens blueliner P.K. Subban can do it all. Subban showed off his own, custom skates for the Winter Classic in a video Thursday. The skates have a vintage look with brown leather and pay tribute to Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau. Subban will include the skates in a Winter Classic raffle with proceeds going to charity.
Montreal Canadiens superstar P.K. Subban is known as much for his style off the ice as he is his style on it, and now the 26-year-old blueliner is bringing the two together. For the Winter Classic, Subban has designed his very own skate.
The skate design was shown off in a video posted by Subban Thursday afternoon, which begins with Subban explaining that he had a passion for sketching as a kid. The video follows Subban from the start of the process through to him heading to the Reebok/CCM factory to watch as the skate is pieced together. Check it out:
Subban said eight pairs of the skates will be made, and he’ll be “positioning (the) skates in the best way” he can with the goal of raising money P.K.’s Helping Hand, a charitable initiative Subban started during the off-season that will help families of children dealing with illness.
The skates feature some interesting details, such as Subban’s logo on the heel of the skate, ‘Change the Game’ on the inside of the heel, Subban’s No. 76 on the outside of the boot and a tribute to Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau on the ankle. The brown leather also gives them the vintage feel, which ties in nicely with the Winter Classic theme.
One pair of skates, Subban said, will go to the winner of ‘Ray and P.K.’s Ultimate Winter Classic Raffle’ that is set to be drawn on Dec. 24. Beyond the autographed game-worn skates, the winner will receive “an expense paid trip for four to watch the Montreal Canadiens take on the Boston Bruins in the 2016 Winter Classic and meet Ray Bourque and P.K. Subban. The prize package includes roundtrip airfare, hotel, and an expense allowance, as well as a Bruins jersey autographed by Ray Bourque and a (Canadiens) jersey autographed by P.K. Subban.” All proceeds from the raffle go to the P.K. Subban Foundation and the Celebrities for Charity Foundation.