P.K. Subban Arrives in Nashville for First Visit as Predator

It didn’t take long for P.K. Subban to give the Music City a taste of what makes him one of hockey’s best personalities. On Sunday, Subban arrived in Nashville for the first time since being traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Shea Weber on June 29.

When Subban’s plane landed at Nashville International Airport, the star defenseman quickly embraced his new city. “It feels good to be in Smashville,” he said. Subban was taken from the airport to Bridgestone Arena where he got his first look at the rink that he will now call home.

Subban then took to the streets of Nashville to get a proper introduction to what makes the city the country music capital of the world. After walking into Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a well-known bar in downtown Nashville, and it was not too long before Subban was on stage with a mic in his hand. Dressed in a black fedora hat, a black t-shirt and dark colored pants, Subban gave his best rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”, before tossing his fedora into the cheering crowd.

After belting out his first country music hit as a Predator, Subban was taken to a spot overlooking the Cumberland River where he received his first Predators jersey with familiar #76. “Wearing this jersey just feels right,” Subban said.

In more than six years with the Canadiens, he was adored by many fans in Montreal for his community involvement and charitable efforts, and Subban wasted no time in doing the same in his new city. In a surprise visit to nearby Ford Ice Center, Subban made his first face-to-face introduction with youth hockey players and their parents, signing autographs and posing for photos.

Although Subban’s first visit to Nashville as a member of the Predators was a short one, he gave the organization and its fans a first impression that will not be soon forgotten.