P. K. Subban, a star defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, is known as much for his flashy style of play as for his wicked slap shot. “I grew up in the inner city,” said Mr. Subban, who is from Toronto. “I went to school with kids that didn’t know anything about hockey. Most of the guys I played with went to private school or lived in predominantly white neighborhoods.”
He sloughs off the criticism he sometimes receives for his on-ice vigor. “I really don’t care what people think about my approach to the game,” he said. During the January All-Star break in Nashville, Mr. Subban gave us a glimpse of the routine that helps him endure the long season.
The Man Pernell Karl Subban, 26, Montreal Canadiens defenseman and alternate captain; Olympic gold medalist.
The Gear It’s bare-bones: chin-up bar, treadmill, free weights, mats. “Very rarely do I use a machine,” Mr. Subban said.
The Uniform An old T-shirt and compression shorts. “I’m not too picky,” he said. But outside the gym, Mr. Subban is a fashion plate committed to Montreal designers. He likes suits from Sartorialto, furs from Eläma, eyewear from Harry Toulch and streetwear from Off the Hook.
The Specifics Mr. Subban gets a sweat going on the treadmill before he stretches his hamstrings and glutes. Then, sets of sprints. After that he throws himself into a mix of back squats, bench press and barbell work, and chin-ups. “We do fat-grip chin-up bars for grip strength, which is very important in hockey for your wrist shot and slap shot,” he said.
The Goal “It’s very important that you have enough mass to last your whole season, building my body in a way that can last, to be just as full of a player in Game 82 than I am in Game 1.”
The Diet “I’m not going to talk about my specific diet. I just eat really, really healthy. I eat clean food, organic food. That’s pretty much it. People just need to know that I train as hard, if not harder, than the guy next to me.”
Bonus Round To limit the risk of injury, Mr. Subban seldom plays other sports: “Every now and then I do enjoy playing some tennis.”