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Fan angered at Subban trade to donate $250,000 to defenceman's charity

MONTREAL — A man who took put a full-page ad in a Montreal newspaper to express his anger over the P.K. Subban trade is making a big donation to the popular defenceman's charity.

The Montreal Children's Hospital said Tuesday that Dr. Charles Kowalski and his wife are donating $250,000 to P.K.'s Helping Hand Fund. The couple had originally pledged $50,000 to the foundation.

Kowalski, an emergency room physician living in Ottawa, and until recently a die-hard Montreal Canadiens fan, will make the cheque presentation Wednesday at the hospital's P.K. Subban Atrium.

The Canadiens dealt the flashy Subban to Nashville this off-season for star defenceman Shea Weber.

In a full-page ad in Thursday's Montreal Gazette, Kowalski thanked Subban for his time in Montreal and said the trade has shaken his belief in the Canadiens.

"Now, I feel anger, disappointment and embarrassment over the treatment of P.K. Subban by team management: the same sentiments that many felt after the Patrick Roy trade," Kowalski said in the ad.

"You are an amazing and influential role model for my children and I am going to miss not having you as a Montreal Canadien."

Subban was known in Montreal for his charitable endeavours that included a pledge to raise $10 million for the Montreal Children's Hospital.

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