Subban sibling rivalry

The Bruins selected Belleville Bulls goaltender Malcolm Subban 24th overall in the NHL draft at the...

The Bruins selected Belleville Bulls goaltender Malcolm Subban 24th overall in the NHL draft at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., June 22, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:54 AM ET

TORONTO - Malcolm Subban has his big brother’s NHL sweater hanging in his bedroom at home.

It’s as good as mud, now.

The Boston Bruins immediately intensified the rivalry among the Subban siblings, drafting the Belleville Bulls goaltender 24th overall in the NHL entry draft on Friday night.

P.K. Subban’s Montreal Canadiens sweater will be taken down, Malcolm guaranteed.

“It’s going to have to get out now,” Malcolm Subban said. “The rivalry is just about to begin. I don’t know if he is going to like me that much, but to be honest, I never liked him that much.”

The younger Subban was kidding, but if he makes it one day with the Bruins, the entertainment value in the games involving the Canadiens certainly will rise. And who knows? With Tim Thomas as good as finished in Beantown, it could happen sooner than some think.

It was a sparkling night for the Bulls, who had two players taken in the first round. Two picks after Subban was selected, the Vancouver Canucks chose forward Brendan Gaunce.

“I can’t thank (the Bulls) enough,” Subban said. “It has been really comfortable for me there. Coaching staff is great, and it’s a great group of guys. It’s a great day for Belleville.”

The Toronto native didn’t take up goaltending until he was 12, after playing defence in his initial minor-hockey years. He set a goal last September of being drafted in the first round.

In 39 games with the Bulls in 2011-12, Subban was fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He won 25 games.

“Top five or last five, it was not a big deal for me,” Subban said. “My goal never changed, and I achieved it. I could not be happier. Boston is great city and an Original Six team, and there is nothing better you can ask for.”

P.K. Subban was at the Consol Energy Center to give his brother support, but one has to think that will end if they step on to opposite ends of an NHL rink one day.

“He said I have a lot of work to do, but just be happy and enjoy it,” Malcolm Subban said. “I never though I would come this far.”


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