Watch episode three of The P.K. Project: Inside look at All-Star Special

In episode three of THE P.K. PROJECT, cameras follow Subban as he travels to San Jose, Calif., for NHL All-Star Weekend, and prepares for his debut as a late night talk show host and the premiere of P.K. Subban’s All-Star Special on NBCSN. Subban brings fans inside the rehearsals and taping of the late-night show, and his one-on-one interviews with stand-up comic and award-winning television host W. Kamau Bell, IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, and 13-year old hockey player Ty Cornett.

THE P.K. PROJECT, a multi-episode original series produced by NBC Sports Digital, takes viewers behind the scenes and inside the non-stop life of three-time NHL All-Star and Music City superstar P.K. Subban.

New episodes of THE P.K. PROJECT will debut each Wednesday across NBC Sports Digital platforms.

Episode 1: There’s no mercy at the Subban house
Episode 2: Subban shows off culinary scene
• P.K. Subban’s All-Star Special

Watch the P.K. Subban All-Star Special

NBC Sports Group is proud to present P.K. Subban’s All-Star Special, a one-hour late night talk show hosted by Nashville Predators defenseman and three-time NHL All-Star P.K. Subban. The show aired following the conclusion of the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills on Friday night.

Following his monologue, Subban welcomed to his show 13-year-old Ty Cornett, who has been hearing racial slurs while playing youth hockey, and explains how the young defenseman has become a hero to him.

Subban then sat down with his Predators’ teammate Roman Josi for his All-Star Show to talk about controlling locker room music, his early modeling days and much more.

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL SERIES THE P.K. PROJECT AVAILABLE NOW ON NBCSPORTS.COM, NBC SPORTS APP AND NBC SPORTS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Earlier this month, NBC Sports Group and Subban agreed to a first-of-its-kind content partnership to produce P.K. Subban’s All-Star Special, as well as a multi-episode original digital series, THE P.K. PROJECT.

From a guided tour of Subban’s current hometown of Nashville, Tenn., to jamming with country music star Lee Brice, THE P.K. PROJECT takes viewers behind the scenes and inside the non-stop life of one of the NHL’s most popular and fashion-forward athletes.

In the premiere episode of the exclusive digital-only series, the Music City superstar, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist journeys to Toronto as the Predators visit the Maple Leafs. Subban spends time with his parents and sisters, gets some home cooking at his parents’ house, and then the entire family gathers at the game.

Episode one of THE P.K. PROJECT is available now on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and NBC Sports YouTube Channel. Click here to watch.

New episodes of THE P.K. PROJECT will debut each Wednesday across NBC Sports Digital platforms.

Subban hosting TV special after All-Star Skills competition

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By Teresa M. Walker (AP Sports Writer)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban has found a way to go beyond his more than 1.1 million followers on Twitter and 844,000 more on Instagram.

He’s hitting national television.

The 2013 Norris Trophy winner will host ”P.K. Subban’s All-Star Special” Friday night on NBC Sports Network airing immediately after the NHL All-Star Skills competition, and Subban is ready to have some fun.

”It allows me to have a platform to be able to talk about things that I care about,” Subban told The Associated Press on Thursday. ”It’s not all about me with the guests that we have coming on and I guess some of the promo that we give certain players and athletes and people that I’m involved with. I think it’s a benefit not only for me but for everybody involved.”

The hour-long special is part-talk show taped at the San Jose Improv with fans as the audience in San Jose, California. Subban’ guests will include Jay Leno, comedian and TV host W. Kamau Bell, country singer Lee Brice, IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, Columbus defenseman Seth Jones and 13-year-old hockey player Ty Cornett.

The show also includes live comedy sketches by Subban along with segments featuring Subban at a jam session with Brice and a recent visit with his family in Toronto. Subban gave no hint of the topics that will be covered, saying only to tune in and watch.

”There’s definitely some things that I’m going to talk about in my monologue that I’m sure that people will get a good kick out of, and that’s the whole point of watching it,” Subban said. ”Hopefully enough people think enough about the show to tune in and see the interviews with the guests, the skits that we’ve done and the work that’s been put into the script.”

Television is nothing new for Subban. NBC Sport producer Sam Flood said they learned what a great communicator the defenseman is when Subban worked the final game of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.

”He worked well with Mike Tirico, was involved in an interview with the commissioner, and it was fun to see,” Flood said.

That led to further talks between NBC Sports Group about how to showcase Subban without interfering with his top priority, the Nashville Predators. They announced the All-Star special and ”The P.K. Project” digital series earlier this month. The first episode of “The P.K. Project” just debuted giving viewers a look into his personal life.

”P.K. is doing a wonderful job working with our team to get some unique content and content that only could happen with his relationships and his personality,” Flood said.

The All-Star special and ”The P.K. Project” work around Subban’s schedule. Subban said players are at the rink for about three hours a day, leaving them with plenty of free time. Away from hockey, Subban said he has plenty of other interests keeping him busy including food, fashion and television.

”Just because the person next to me doesn’t think that they can host their own show doesn’t mean that I can’t,” Subban said.

To the 29-year-old defenseman who made his NHL debut in February 2010 with Montreal, what matters is finding what works for himself. Subban knows some people might criticize him spending time on something other than his Predators’ job, which pays him $9 million a year through the 2021-22 season.

”But some people do other things because it makes them better at their job,” Subban said.

Starting his own production company – PeeK Productions – is something Subban has wanted to do for a long time.

”Now to be able to own the content that I’m doing and develop it and have a team and put out meaningful content that you can see and own it was a priority for me and my team,” Subban said. ”I’m very excited about today and moving forward.”

AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.

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NBC Sports Group will present P.K. Subban’s All-Star Special, Friday, January 25, at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following the conclusion of the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills.

Predators’ Subban accuses Golden Knights’ Bellemare of biting him

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We (allegedly) have a biter.

At least P.K. Subban seems to think so, and the video suggests something happened based on Subban’s reaction. What actually occurred late in the second period on Wednesday Night Hockey on NBCSN, or perhaps the severity, is still up in the air.

The incident happened in front of the Nashville net with less than a minute left in the frame. Juuse Saros had covered up the puck and Subban was engaged with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. The former had his hand over the latter’s face. Not long after, Subban pulled away, shaking off his glove and grabbing his fingers.

Skating back to the Predators bench, Subban appeared to be pleading his case with Vegas’, making a few chomping motions.

He then tried to make his case to the referee, who didn’t see the incident, nor did any of the linesmen. Subban appeared to have blood on his jersey and some sort of cut on his hand right hand.

“I mean, he bit me. My finger was bleeding,” Subban said after the game. “All I tried to do was grab him. I grabbed him by his head to pull him up and he bit me. That’s it.

“I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how I walk out of there with four minutes in penalties. It wasn’t explained.”

Subban said the refs tried to apologize after the penalties were doled out.

“My finger is bleeding, like I don’t know what you want me to do,” he said.

Related: A look inside P.K. Subban’s life

A shot of Bellemare on the bench following the incident showed him suggesting that Subban had his hand in his mouth and was pulling up on Bellemare’s face.

“I ended up with an entire glove in my mouth and I’m like choking so obviously when he put his hand in there he removed my mouth guard and then he tried to pull me up so he gets my teeth and then he’s acting on it,” Bellemare said after the game. “He started yelling like ‘I bit him, I bit him.’ I mean, I don’t know what you have in your mouth but like if you put all of your hand all the way through and you pull up you are going to feel the teeth, I’m like, ‘What the f— is he doing?’

“I mean, I don’t know why he’s going absolutely crazy there. I don’t know what to do with this situation, I have a half glove in my throat and playing with the back of it and pulling me up and there was no mouthguard so it’s like those are my teeth.”

Bellemare was a little lost for words but found enough of them to take a shot at Subban.

“It’s like, am I surprised? Not really,” he said.

Bellemare was not penalized on the play. Subban, however, was — for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct following an altercation with Ryan Reaves not long after the bite.

Subban left the game to get repairs but returned for the third period.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Watch the first episode of ‘The P.K. Project,’ an NBC Sports Digital series

THE P.K. PROJECT is a multi-episode NBC Sports Digital series chronicling the life of the three-time NHL All-Star and Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban. New episodes drop every Wednesday on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports YouTube page.

From a guided tour of Subban’s current hometown of Nashville, to jamming with country music star Lee Brice, THE P.K. PROJECT takes viewers behind the scenes and inside the non-stop life of one of the NHL’s most popular and fashion-forward athletes.

In the premiere episode of the exclusive digital-only series, the serial entrepreneur and philanthropist journeys to Toronto as the Predators visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Subban spends time with his parents and sisters, gets some home cooking at his parents’ house, and then the entire family gathers at the game.

In the coming episodes, THE P.K. PROJECT examines some of Nashville’s culinary hotspots and signature dishes, like biscuits, banana pudding, and Nashville hot chicken, features a music session with Brice, a two-time Grammy Song of the Year nominee, goes all-access with Subban as the Predators take on the reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, and more.

In conjunction with Glassman Media and PeeK Productions, NBC Sports will produce a special one-hour late night talk show, “P.K. Subban’s All-Star Special,”  hosted by the Predators defenseman that will air Friday, Jan. 25 on NBCSN at 11:30 p.m. ET, immediately following the conclusion of the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills. The special will feature several vignettes, as Subban interviews some of the brightest NHL stars and entertainers, amidst a backdrop of fans in the heart of downtown San Jose, Calif.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.