Montreal Newspaper Ripped Over Baffling Attack On P.K. Subban’s Charity Work

P.K. Subban playing for the Montreal Canadiens

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Any player who agrees to sign with an NHL franchise located in Canada does so knowing there’s a very good chance they’ll eventually attract the wrath of members of the country’s notoriously critical hockey media.

The fact that most people who grow up in the Great White North get their first pair of skates as soon as they learn how to walk means hockey is far and away the most popular sport in the country. When you combine that with the lack of competition the NHL faces from other leagues, it’s only natural that media outlets devote a ton of resources to covering the national pastime while catering to some incredibly rabid fanbases.

Reporters in Toronto have a reputation for making life a living hell for Maple Leafs players who fail to live up to the lofty expectations frequently bestowed upon them (just ask Phil Kessel). However, plenty of guys who’ve spent time with the Canadiens would probably argue the haterade in Montreal can be just as potent.

That group likely includes P.K. Subban, who signed an entry-level contract with the Original Six club in 2009 and would spend seven seasons in Montreal before being traded to the Predators in 2016. However, the defenseman (who joined ESPN as an analyst after retiring last year) still has plenty of love for the city where he spent the bulk of his career.

In 2015, Subban announced his goal to raise $10 million for the Montreal Children’s Hospital by the end of 2022. That plan hit a slight hitch when he was shipped off to Nashville the following year, but he was still able to drum up $6.3 million in donations by the end of that self-imposed deadline and has reaffirmed his pledge to hit the original number by the time 2025 rolls around.

However, that apparently wasn’t good enough for François-David Rouleau, the reporter behind the borderline nonsensical story featured on the cover of Friday’s edition of Le Journal de Montréal that tore in Subban for “only” raising $6.3 million for a children’s hospital.

It didn’t take long for plenty of people to take aim at Rouleau and the French-language tabloid for thinking the hit piece was a good idea.

I’m not sure what the journalistic equivalent of a bag skate is, but Rouleau and his newspaper probably earned one with that.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.