MONTREAL (AP) – A man who took out a full-page ad in a Montreal newspaper to express his anger over P.K. Subban’s trade from the Canadiens to Nashville is making a big donation to the popular defenseman’s charity.
The Montreal Children’s Hospital said Tuesday that Dr. Charles Kowalski and his wife are donating $250,000 to P.K.’s Helping Hand Fund. The couple had originally pledged $50,000 to the foundation.
Kowalski, an emergency room physician living in Ottawa, Ontario, and until recently a die-hard Canadiens fan, will make the check presentation Wednesday at the hospital’s P.K. Subban Atrium.
In a full-page ad in Thursday’s Montreal Gazette, Kowalski thanked Subban for his time in Montreal and said the trade has shaken his belief in the Canadiens.
“Now, I feel anger, disappointment and embarrassment over the treatment of P.K. Subban by team management: the same sentiments that many felt after the Patrick Roy trade,” Kowalski said in the ad.
“You are an amazing and influential role model for my children, and I am going to miss not having you as a Montreal Canadien.”
Subban was popular in Montreal because of his charitable endeavors that included a pledge to raise $10 million for the Montreal Children’s Hospital.