Karl Subban is on the phone as he navigates Hwy. 401 between Toronto and Belleville, on his way with wife Maria to watch son Jordan play for the Bulls against the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.
It had been an exhilarating couple of days for the Subbans. It started with another telephone call, this one from oldest son P.K. Tuesday morning, with news he had been named to the Canadian Olympic hockey team, ending months of debate, criticism, praise and endless dissection of the Montreal Canadiens defenceman's game.
"He called us at home and what I felt was relief and joy for P.K.," said Karl. "He loves playing, loves the competition and I knew how much he wanted to be part of Team Canada and represent Canada and be on that stage."
Like just about every player on Team Canada, parents played a defining role in their sons' ability to become one of the best players in his country. For P.K. Subban, there was midnight shinny on the rink in Nathan Phillips Square with his dad.