P.K. Subban designs personalized Winter Classic skates for charity
Money to go to families financially devastated by child's illness
P.K. Subban will be ushering in 2016 in style, literally, and for a good cause.
The Montreal Canadiens' star defenceman will be wearing personalized skates against the Boston Bruins for the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Gillete Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Habs?src=hash">#Habs</a> P.K. Subban has designed his own skates for next month's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WinterClassic?src=hash">#WinterClassic</a> <a href="https://t.co/raArq0bw4y">https://t.co/raArq0bw4y</a> <a href="https://t.co/wHqyIAyb73">pic.twitter.com/wHqyIAyb73</a>—@dcmahiban
Subban, who had an interest in sketching as a child, has teamed with former Bruins legendary defenceman Ray Bourque and will raffle off tickets for the skates to raise money for P.K.'s Helping Hand, a fund dedicated to assisting vulnerable families financially devastated by a child's illness.
Subban, who estimates eight pairs will be made at the CCM-Reebok factory in St. Jean, Que., has his No. 76 on the side of the skates while the pump above sports the No. 4 for late Canadiens great Jean Beliveau, who had a great impact on Subban's life and dedicated his life after hockey to helping children.
Last month, the 26-year-old blue-liner used a catwalk to model the Canadiens' Winter Classic jersey.
In September, Subban made a $10-million donation to the Montreal Children's Hospital. In recognition of the NHL player's commitment, the hospital officially renamed its atrium the Atrium P.K. Subban.
Subban is also a member of the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation board of directors.