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P.K. Subban surprises kids from Nashville hospital with a special sleigh ride

The sequel to last year’s “Winter Wonderland” is equally delightful.

There are a lot of reasons to love P.K. Subban as a player, but it’s what he does away from the ice that makes him so special. On Christmas Eve, we got another reminder of that as the Predators star surprised a group of Nashville kids from a local hospital with a special day on the “Subban Sleigh.”

Subban, who has been known around the hockey world for his generosity and passion away from the game since his days with the Montreal Canadiens, tends to get in the giving mood around Christmas. Last year, he turned part of a Montreal children’s hospital into a “Winter Wonderland” and spent the day making new friends.

This time around, he enlisted the help of his old pals from Montreal (as well as teammate Roman Josi and country music star Dierks Bentley) to help some kids suffering from sickle cell disease in Nashville have a special day of their own. First, the kids took a sleigh ride with Subban around the city. Then they got to have a party and shopping spree at the Predators’ store inside Bridgestone Arena.

Part of what makes Subban so inspiring is the sheer joy he brings to the whole thing. He seems to have just as much fun as the kids, and it speaks to his willingness to give his time and consideration in addition to money. (He donated $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital in 2015.)

Subban may be somewhat new in Nashville, but as he said to one of the kids on the sleigh, it’s his home now, too. That means making an impact in the community, and few athletes do it better than P.K.