P.K. Subban surprises Ottawa hospital workers with free lunch

Frontline hospital staff in Ottawa received a generous surprise from an NHL star on Friday.

P.K. Subban, the former Montreal Canadiens defenceman now with the New Jersey Devils, sent lunch over to the ICU staff at the Ottawa Hospital Civic campus through his charitable foundation.

Thank you to the @OttawaHospital ICU team for the wonderful care they provide patients, especially during these tough times. @PKSubban1 is sending over some delicious food to thank the incredible team for everything they do. ����#PKSubbanFoundation #FeelGoodFriday pic.twitter.com/T3YJ9MrLgI

— PK Subban Foundation (@PKSF1) April 30, 2021

"I just want to thank the medical heroes at Ottawa’s Civic Hospital, specifically the team in the ICU, for all the hard work that you guys have done helping patients, especially the patients that can’t see their family,” Subban said in a video.

“Thank you so much for everything that you guys have done and continue to do.”

The food from La Bottega Nicastro in the ByWard Market arrived at the Civic late Friday morning.

“It really means a lot to our staff,” said Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a critical care physician at the Ottawa Hospital. ““They’ve been working so hard for over a year now. … All these kind gestures matter. It really makes a huge difference.”

Kyeremanteng described the current period in hospitals as “the worst part of the pandemic.”

There are 29 Ottawa residents in ICU being treated for COVID-19. An additional 36 patients have been transferred from other regions.

“We’re getting a lot of patients from outside our area, so we know those are challenging times for the patients and their families,” Kyeremanteng added. “We’re stepping up as best we can and hopefully making a difference.”

Subban is known for his generosity toward hospitals. In 2016, he donated $10 million through his foundation to the Montreal Children's Hospital.

Thank you very much to @PKSubban1 & @PKSF1 for your generous donation to our ICU. ��
Fueled by our delicious lunch, we will continue to provide world-class care to our community!#StrongerTogether https://t.co/4FqKqP6P0O

— The Ottawa Hospital (@OttawaHospital) April 30, 2021

- With files from CTV News Ottawa's Tyler Fleming