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How We Did It

The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life
Written by: Karl Subban, Scott Colby
Narrated by: Karl Subban
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons - P. K., Malcolm, and Jordan - who have been drafted to the NHL. Karl's inspirational and moving story follows the hockey journey from house league to the big leagues and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child. 

In his 30-plus years of coaching, teaching, and parenting, Karl Subban has proved to be a leader with the gift of inspiring others. He has dedicated his life to helping young people grow their potential - to be better at what they do and to be better people. 

Originally from Jamaica, Karl Subban and his wife, Maria, have raised five accomplished children. Their oldest son is P. K. Subban, who won the Norris trophy for top defenseman in the NHL and whose trade from the Canadiens to the Nashville Predators shocked the hockey world. Their two daughters are teachers, one a university basketball star and the other a talented visual artist. Their two youngest sons, Malcolm and Jordan, have been drafted and signed by the Bruins and the Canucks. 

As a child, Karl dreamed of being a star cricket player - but when he moved to Canada at age 12, hockey and basketball became his new passions. At university, when he realized his NBA hoop dreams would not come to be, Subban found his true destiny as an educator, devoting his life to bringing out the best in his students and his children. 

From the backyard hockey rink to the nail-biting suspense of draft days, Karl Subban shares tales of his family's unique hockey journey. Mixing personal stories with lessons he learned as a coach and principal - lessons about goal setting, perseverance, and accomplishment - How We Did It will allow other parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors to apply the same principles as they help the young people in their lives to identify, develop, and live their dreams.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio 

©2017 Karl Subban and Scott Colby (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

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Interesting read

My son is into basketball ,I wanted to see what the Subbans did to get all of their sons into the the NHL. Interesting read.

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Interesting Insight into Building a Successful Family

With his five children all currently living out their dream jobs, the strategies that Karl Subban has created (and outlined in the later chapters) to build a successful family has clearly paid off.

This book offers an interesting perspective into the Subban household. A few stories felt a bit dry, but overall, this was still a good book.

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A book about principles anyone can apply to their

If you are looking for the perfect blueprint that will tell you exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, to get your son into the NHL, then keep looking, move along, nothing to see here. This book is so much deeper than a tutorial or a road map.

In this book, Karl Subban tells his own life story from childhood through the present, in the light of the basic life principles he applied in leading his family and raising his children. It is no accident that PK, Malcolm, and Jordan have experienced such success in hockey. However, I have no doubt that if Karl dreamed of his children becoming world renown astrophysicists, by following the same life principles, they would all have achieved international success in that field.

If as a parent you internalize the foundation and framework that the Subban Plan is built upon, then you will find your own road map for success in whatever field you choose to focus.

Thank you Karl for a wonderful book. God bless you and your family.