How We Did It:
The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life
Karl Subban is a former school principal in one of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods, and the father of five children, including three NHL players. He’s dedicated his life to helping others reach their potential—to be better at their careers and better as people. His gregarious, powerful talks explore teamwork and leadership, and offer a fresh take on what it means to succeed.
In his thirty years of coaching, teaching, parenting, and leading, Karl Subban has learned how to inspire people. “Your greatest gift is your potential,” he often says, “and your greatest gift to the world is the development of that potential.” Hailing from the Caribbean, where he never played hockey, Subban has nonetheless raised three NHL players, including the now-Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban—one of the league's brightest stars and an Olympic Gold Medal winner.
As parents, Karl and his wife, Maria, have raised five accomplished children. Their two oldest daughters are teachers, one a record-setting university basketball star and the other an acclaimed visual artist. Each of their three sons, P.K., Malcolm and Jordan, have been drafted and signed by NHL teams. The Million Dollar Question he is often asked about his family is, “How did you do it?” A natural storyteller, Subban mixes personal stories with lessons he learned as a coach and principal—lessons about goal-setting, perseverance, and accomplishment—that resonate with audiences from the boardroom to the classroom. Subban just released his first book titled How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life which explores his inspirational and moving family story.
“This was great for my teachers. He was funny and inspirational. My teachers left with a big smile on their faces and they were motivated for the start of the school year. It was such an honour for us to have him.”Centennial Regional High School