Nashville Preda­tors’ P.K. Sub­ban sends video to teenager fac­ing racial abuse

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TORONTO — Nashville Preda­tors star de­fence­man P.K. Sub­ban has reached out to a teenage hockey player fac­ing racial abuse.

Sub­ban, a Toronto na­tive, recorded a video and sent it by text to Ty Cor­nett, 13-year-old Detroitarea hockey player last week.

“I can tell you this right now: As long as you’re still breath­ing in this world, you’ve got to be­lieve in your­self and let no­body tell you what you can and can’t do, Es­pe­cially if it’s be­cause of the colour of your skin,” Sub­ban said.

“In this world, some things hap­pen that we don’t really un­der­stand. That’s OK. We don’t have to un­der­stand them. All we need to do is un­der­stand our­selves, be­lieve in our­selves, keep try­ing and keep push­ing for­ward.

“I just want to tell you that when you’re play­ing hockey, you play be­cause you love the game and you want to play. Let no­body take that away from you.”

Ty’s fa­ther Matthew told NHL. com that his son Col­lects Sub­ban mem­o­ra­bilia and wears Sub­ban’s No. 76 on the ice.

“Satur­day night he re­ceived the mes­sage and went nuts,” Matthew Cor­nett told the web­site. “He has prob­a­bly watched the video 500 times. That night he had a game, and I have never seen him hap­pier to go.”

“This has meant the world to Ty,” he added. “As a par­ent, I cried when I saw the video. It’s been very tough to hear your son called hor­ri­ble things.

“This video meant as much to my wife and I as it did to Ty.”

NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Nashville Preda­tors de­fence­man P.K. Sub­ban cel­e­brates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Mon­day.

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