Montreal Canadiens fan takes out full page ad to express 'anger' over Subban trade
'You are an amazing and influential role model for my children,' letter writer tells star defenceman
A disgruntled Montreal Canadiens season ticket holder says they will only be attending one game this season — when the Habs take on P.K. Subban's new team.
In a full page newspaper ad, which costs roughly $20,000, the self-described "lifelong fan" said the trade that sent Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber this summer has changed the way they feel about the team.
"Now, I feel anger, disappointment and embarrassment over the treatment of P.K. Subban by team management: the same sentiments that many felt after the Patrick Roy trade," reads the ad posted in Thursday's Montreal Gazette, signed by "Dr. CK and Family."
"You are an amazing and influential role model for my children and I am going to miss not having you as a Montreal Canadien."
Habs season ticket holder takes out full page ad to say he won't go to any games this year because of Subban trade <a href="https://t.co/xtAKwyyvVb">pic.twitter.com/xtAKwyyvVb</a>—@Steverukavina
In an interview with CBC News, Dr. Charles Kowalski, the man behind the letter, said it wasn't just about losing Subban.
"I think the loss of P.K. Subban from Montreal, the bigger issue than hockey is the loss of his presence in the city of Montreal and his cause of raising money for the Children's Hospital," Kowalski said. "This is more important than the game of hockey."
Because of the trade, Kowalski said he cannot support general manager Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien, and that going to Habs games would be a vote of confidence in their leadership.
There's no mention of what will happen to the unused tickets.
Donald Beauchamp, a spokesperson for the team, told CBC News that "we have very passionate fans, and everyone is entitled to their opinion."