MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and his foundation have pledged at least $10 million to the Montreal Children's Hospital.
The hospital is calling the donation the largest philanthropic commitment ever made by a professional athlete in Canada.
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Subban pledges $10 million to Montreal Children's Hospital
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 23: P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens attends the 2015 NHL Awards nominee media availability at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 01: Malcolm Subban, P.K. Subban and Jordan Subban attend the RW&CO. Fall 2015 suiting campaign launch at NAO Steakhouse on September 1, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TAMPA, FL - MAY 12: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 12, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 17: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens takes to the ice before the game against the Ottawa Senators in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on April 17, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - APRIL 16: Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens collide in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 16, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 2: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the NHL game against the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre on April 2, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 01: NHL player P.K. Subban attends the RW&CO. Fall 2015 suiting campaign launch at NAO Steakhouse on September 1, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 24: P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens signs autographs for fans as he arrives at the 2015 NHL Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The agreement will have Subban, 26, become a spokesman for certain fundraising campaigns and flagship events organized by the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation.
On Wednesday, in recognition of the donation, the Children's inaugurated the "P.K. Subban Atrium," located at the heart of the hospital's new facilities.
"It is really an amazing feeling to be here," Subban said. "I am proud to walk in the footsteps of my idol Jean Beliveau by giving back to the community and feel privileged to be able to help transform the lives of sick children and their families."