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P.K. Subban Wrote A Letter Proving That He Will Never Abandon His Friends

"You might think that I’m doing so much for you, but the truth is you do much more for me."

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Montreal is still getting over the shock of losing P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators. But the former Canadiens defenceman hasn't forgotten about his adopted hometown, and especially not his pals at the Montreal Children's Hospital.

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Last year, Subban donated $10 million to the hospital, which named an atrium after the hockey player. He visited frequently and got to know many of the kids recovering there.

That's why staff and patients at the hospital were so devastated by the trade.

“Many kids were crying, to be frank and honest with you,” Marie-Josée Gariépy, president of the hospital foundation, told the Montreal Gazette.

Subban vowed to keep supporting the hospital, and to stay in touch. He made good on that promise today with a heartwarming letter to the sick kids at the hospital and what they mean to him.

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"Since I arrived in Montreal six years ago, I have felt a connection to the hospital. Each and every time I had the chance to meet one of you, I got the opportunity to be inspired by your stories, courage, and perseverance."

Subban said the determination of the patients and families he had met at the Children's Hospital continue to inspire him. "You might think that I’m doing so much for you, but the truth is you do much more for me," he said.

It was all very emotional.

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"You can’t imagine how rewarding it is to watch you get better and leave the hospital with your families," Subban said.

"But just because I have a new address doesn’t mean that my commitment to you and to the hospital is going to change one bit."

"Even while living in Nashville, I still expect Valentine's Day letters, virtual hugs, and spontaneous songs. In return I will never stop fundraising or raising awareness for all of you. And don’t worry — I’ll be back with many more surprise visits."

Read P.K. Subban's full letter:

To all my friends at the hospital,

It was one year ago that I decided to make one of the biggest commitments of my life. It all started with individual or team visits, but it very quickly became a $10 million commitment. I did this with the intention of helping you all through your daily battles and making a measurable impact on the community of Montreal.

Since I arrived in Montreal six years ago, I have felt a connection to the hospital. Each and every time I had the chance to meet one of you, I got the opportunity to be inspired by your stories, courage, and perseverance. Your positivity and attitude continue to inspire me every day. You might think that I’m doing so much for you, but the truth is you do much more for me.

You can’t imagine how rewarding it is to watch you get better and leave the hospital with your families. But just because I have a new address doesn’t mean that my commitment to you and to the hospital is going to change one bit.

Even while living in Nashville, I still expect Valentines Day letters, virtual hugs, and spontaneous songs. In return I will never stop fundraising or raising awareness for all of you. And don’t worry — I’ll be back with many more surprise visits,

All my love and best wishes.
P.K. Subban

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

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