P.K. Subban (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
P.K. Subban hosted a comedy gala at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal on Monday evening. The former Canadiens defenseman got laughs out of the crowd by making jokes about the trade that sent him to Nashville, Habs coach Michel Therrien and GM Marc Bergevin.
P.K. Subban may be a Nashville Predator, but he still had some work to take care of in Montreal, including hosting an All-Star Comedy Gala at the Just For Laughs comedy festival Monday.
Subban’s appearance and hosting of the gala was part of his commitment to raise $10-million over seven years for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation.
The gala marked the first time Subban had made a major public appearance in Montreal since his trade to the Predators days before free agency opened, and, according to NHL.com’s Arpon Basu, Subban received a two-minute standing ovation from the crowd of roughly 3,000. That same crowd got to witness Subban making light of the trade and taking a few jabs at his former team.
One of the first things Subban told the crowd was that he was thankful for the way the people and fans in Montreal embraced him. And those who didn’t? Well, Subban said, “those are the people who traded me,” according to CBC’s Douglas Gelevan.
In what will surely be two of the most-talked about moments from the gala, Subban took the opportunity to dedicate some country music — something he’ll have to familiarize himself with in Nashville — to two members of the Canadiens’ organization.
The songs he dedicated were Johnny Paycheck’s ‘Take This Job and Shove It,’ which went out to Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, and Zach Paxson’s ‘Good Luck With That,’ which Subban said went out to his former teammates who will be attempting “to bring the Cup back to Montreal playing Michel Therrien's system,” according to Basu.
Subban’s jabs continued throughout the night, with Basu reporting Subban aired some pre-taped sketches throughout the evening, including one in which a drug caused him to hallucinate Bergevin and Therrien’s faces flying toward him. Subban also said at one point that he was “free to do as many low-fives as I want,” making reference to the post-game celebration Subban used to partake in with goaltender Carey Price. Therrien put an end to the celebration during the 2012-13 campaign.
When all was said and done, though, Subban thanked the fans in Montreal, who together helped raise $130,000 Monday for the Children’s Hospital.
"Thank you all so much for the incredible support you've shown me over the past six years,” Subban said, via Basu. “I love Montreal, and I always will. I'll always support this community in any way that I can, except on the ice, playing for Nashville and all.”
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