COVER S TORY
Karl Subban has had three
sons drafted into the NHL,
but as he writes in his
new book, How We Did It,
it’s his career as an
educator that defines him.
Subban’s phone rings several times before he
answers. In the midst of all the excitement surrounding P.K.’s first appearance on hockey’s biggest stage,
Subban still makes time to talk with The Connection
about his new book, How We Did It: The Subban Plan
for Success in Hockey, School and Life.
He spends the next 40 minutes chatting with me
about the book, a passion project co-written with
Toronto Star opinions editor Scott Colby, who first
met Subban when he attended a 1980 basketball camp
at Thunder Bay’s Lakehead University, where Subban
was an instructor.
Realizing his dreams
Because Subban, a Costco member, is the father
of three NHL-calibre players, it’s not surprising that
hockey forms the backbone of How We Did It’s nearly
300 pages. But it’s also the lens through which Subban
views a variety of topics: the immigrant experience,
race, parenting (Karl and his wife, Maria, have five
(Inset) P.K. Subban in the
second round of the 2017
Stanley Cup playoffs.
BY CHRIS POWELL
IT’S A THURSDAY MORNING in Pittsburgh, and
Karl Subban and his family are in their hotel room,
packing up for their short flight home to Toronto. The
previous night, Subban had watched his son P.K.’s
Nashville Predators play the hometown Penguins in
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, which ended in a 4-1
defeat for the Predators.
Despite being the better team for long stretches
of the first two games—including holding the Penguins
without a shot for nearly 37 minutes in Game 1—the
Predators are trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series
(which they ultimately lost).
20 The Costco Connection SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017