The Montreal Canadiens‘ P.K. Subban has put on many hats out of necessity during this NHL lockout. He’s tried doing the weather for CTV Montreal, he put on chef’s whites for a stint at Boston Pizza and now he’s going to do what a lot of hockey players do, but after retirement: go into the media side of things.
Subban will join the roundtable for Sportsnet and do guest analysis for upcoming Canadian Hockey League junior game broadcasts. He has some experience with playing in juniors that he can bring to the table–before his 2007 drafting, he played for the OHL Belleville Bulls. (Interestingly, his two younger brothers, Malcolm and Jordan, are now part of the Belleville lineup too.)
Joining Subban in the studio for his Nov. 30 debut will be former NHL player Nick Kypreos, Toronto Star writer Damien Cox and host Jeff Marek. Subban’s debut in broadcasting will be a game of OHL teams Windsor Spitfires and Kitchener Rangers, but he’ll also be in the studio when Sportsnet shows a QMJHL game between the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Blainville-Boisebrand Armada.
Depending on how this gig goes, and how much longer this lockout goes as well, Subban could appear in studio for more Sportsnet CHL game broadcasts. The network is expanding their coverage of junior games from the three biggest leagues (Ontario, Quebec and Western), including at least one game every Friday night during the regular season and playoffs, the upcoming Top Prospects game that Don Cherry is slated to help coach and–of course–the Memorial Cup championship. Sportsnet is also going to show more AHL games, too.