Evolution of Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban

Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban during a game against the Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa,...

Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban during a game against the Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont., March 16, 2012. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

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BROSSARD, QUE. - P.K. Subban was talking about the young defenceman, Jarred Tinordi, and for a moment it sounded as though he was talking about himself.

“I hope he listens,” said Subban, the Norris Trophy winner, opening up on the eve of a new National Hockey League season.

“It’s important he listens and he learns.”

Those words were said of Subban in different ways, on the ice, off the ice, in his dressing room, around the NHL: Would he grow up? Would he listen? Would he ever conform to become more hockey player and less individual?

All that before he was voted best defenceman in hockey over a shortened NHL season.

All that with many still wondering about Subban, as the veteran of four years at the young age of 24, and yet the kid with flash and dash, that amazing slapshot and often his own ways, appears to be growing up before our eyes.

He still makes his teammates roll their eyes every once in a while, just by being P.K.


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