P.K. Subban's Kind Gesture Ends with Puck Accidentally Striking Baby

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2016

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is known for his kindness off the ice, but one of those gestures took an unfortunate turn Sunday.

According to Jordan Heck of Sporting News, Subban accidentally hit a one-month-old baby in the head while tossing pucks to fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal during an open practice Sunday. Heck passed along a Facebook post (in French) from the mother, who said her baby suffered a concussion from the blow and was taken to Montreal Children's Hospital.

Heck noted the baby is expected to make a full recovery.

The team visited the baby Monday, and Heck shared a quote from Donald Beauchamp, the Canadiens' vice president of communications, (via a translation of TVA Nouvelles): "Members of the organization went to meet the family on Monday morning. The players feel quite involved in an event like this. Whenever possible, they always try to be cautious when launching a puck into the stands."

While this one did not turn out as planned, this isn't the first time Subban has made headlines for an act of kindness. In September, Montreal Children's Hospital announced the Canadiens defenseman would donate $10 million to the hospital over seven years.

Subban is arguably the team's best player on the ice, having tallied a career-high 60 points last season with 15 goals and 45 assists. He also posted a plus-21 rating, per ESPN.com, which was the best mark of his NHL career. This year, Subban is in the midst of another impressive campaign with 46 points on five goals and 41 assists.

As a defender, he is always looking to push the puck into the offensive zone and set up his teammates for scoring opportunities. As of Monday, his 41 assists ranked fourth in the league.

The All-Star won the 2012-13 James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman and leads the Canadiens in points this season.

At 28-27-5, Montreal is outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture and needs a late-season surge. Subban likely offers his team its best chance at that with his leadership and sustained dominance.