Picard, a witness to Subban's big check against Marchand

Picard, a witness to Subban's big check against Marchand


MONTREAL | A career of more than 800 games will never be summed up in a single streak. Especially not for a spectacular defender like number 76, P.K. Subban.  

There is, however, one scene that has been circulating extensively on this retirement day for Subban. 

On December 16, 2010, Subban hit the Bruins' Brad Marchand with a hard-hitting backside check. 

Alexandre Picard, who wore number 45, was on the ice for this game. 

“I still have the image that comes to mind, but even more the sound,” said Picard, Subban's partner on the blue line during this meeting. It was such an intense noise. I was expecting a free-for-all, especially for a Boston versus Montreal game.

“But Marchand was still in his NHL debut. He may have got on the nerves of his own teammates a bit when he first started with the Bruins. If he had hit the Merchant of today or a few years ago, it would have burst. » 

Now a television analyst for TVA Sports, Picard donned the Habs uniform for a single season. It was in 2010-2011. Subban was in his first full season in Montreal.

“I had played several games with P.K., he was still very young at that time, recalled Picard. Subban was already very talented and he was known for this type of checking. He had the timing to do it. In his first year, he had a lot of energy. I liked him. But there were veterans like Hal Gill to calm him down a bit. »