Recently retired PK Subban has joined ESPN as a hockey analyst
After contributing during last season’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, PK Subban has become a full-time member of ESPN’s hockey team.
Subban, who retired in September, has signed a three-year deal with ESPN. He will work primarily as a studio analyst but will also cover some games during the season.
“I’ve known for a few weeks now. It’s been hard to know what this was going to do and keep it close to my chest. But I’m excited now that we’re here,” Subban. said “I had done some work last postseason and it was great. I enjoyed working with the producers and everybody.”
Subban, 33, made appearances on “First Take” and other ESPN programs during the playoffs, another factor in the decision.
Subban played 13 seasons for the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators i Devils of New Jersey. He scored 467 points in 824 regular season games, including 115 goals. He won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 2013 with the Canadiens and reached the 2017 Stanley Cup Final with the Predators, as well as being a three-time NHL All-Star.
Mark Gross, ESPN’s senior vice president of production and remote events, said Subban’s addition adds even more experience to the network’s roster of analysts and reporters.
“PK brings a fresh perspective to his analysis, having recently retired from the game, but he also draws on much more than just his experience on the ice, which gives him a unique and fun perspective that fans will love Gross said.
During his final season in the league, Subban had already agreed to host “PK’s Places,” which is a hockey version of the “Places” series streaming on ESPN+. This series will premiere next year.
Subban also added that he has had conversations with ESPN about branching out into other areas of sports if opportunities arise.
Subban said many thought an announcement about his future might have come sooner, but he was taking time to decompress while evaluating all his options.
“I’m excited to bring that passion and energy that I brought to the ice to something else that I’m passionate about. I hope they’re as excited as I am to get started,” he said. “People who follow me and know me know that I’m honest. I’m going to be myself, and I hope that’s what they want to see. I think that’s what people are excited about.”
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