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Governor General to honour P.K. Subban for $10M children’s hospital pledge

WATCH ABOVE: Watch Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban's whole speech on why he donated $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Defenceman P.K. Subban will receive an honour from Gov. Gen. David Johnston to acknowledge his charitable work.

The former Montreal Canadiens star will be given a Meritorious Service Decoration (civil division) while 12 others will receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in a ceremony on Wednesday in the P.K. Subban Atrium at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

READ MORE: P.K. Subban writes emotional, heartfelt letter to patients at Montreal Children’s Hospital

Subban was traded to Nashville last year and on Thursday will play his first game in Montreal since the deal.

On Sept. 15, 2015, Subban pledged to raise $10 million over seven years through a program called P.K.’s Helping Hand to aid families struggling financially due to a child’s illness.

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The hospital named its atrium for the Toronto native to mark what it called “the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.”

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Subban vowed to honour the pledge after he was traded on June 29.

READ MORE: P.K. Subban Foundation raises $1.4M in first year of Montreal Children’s Hospital pledge

The award is intended to “recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud.”

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Their acts are often innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community.

Recipients inspire others through their motivation to find solutions to specific and pressing needs or provide an important service to their community or country.”

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