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NHL: Former All-Star defenseman and ex-boyfriend of Olympian Lindsey Vonn retires

Former NHL All-Star and Lindsey Vonn’s ex-fiancé, PK Subban, has announced his retirement after a glittering hockey career spanning 13 seasons.

Subban, who was previously engaged to the Olympic skier between August 2019 and December 2020, was a three-time All-Star in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Subban announced his retirement from the NHL via Instagram on Tuesday morning, writing: ‘I remember my dreams of playing in the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup like the guys on the Don Cherry Rock’em Sock’em tapes on at the end of each volume, with the black eyes, broken bones and tears of joy.

‘To this day I still dream about it. But the end of this chapter is coming to an end and after 13 years in the NHL I have made the decision to retire.’

Subban and Vonn first became a public item in June 2018 after they attended the CMT Music Awards in Nashville.

PK Subban and skier Lindsey Vonn were once among the nation's most powerful sports couples
PK Subban and skier Lindsey Vonn were once among the nation's most powerful sports couples

PK Subban and skier Lindsey Vonn were once among the nation’s most powerful sports couples

Vonn and Subban were first a public item in June 2018 and later became engaged in August 2019
Vonn and Subban were first a public item in June 2018 and later became engaged in August 2019

Vonn and Subban were first a public item in June 2018 and later became engaged in August 2019

Subban most recently played for the New Jersey Devils from 2019 after a trade from Nashville
Subban most recently played for the New Jersey Devils from 2019 after a trade from Nashville

Subban most recently played for the New Jersey Devils from 2019 after a trade from Nashville

Following their breakup, Vonn took to Instagram to explain the decision. ‘Over the last 3 years, PK and I have had some incredible times together,’ she wrote at the time, via TMZ. He is a kind, good man and someone I respect a lot.

‘However, after much consideration, we have decided to proceed separately. We will always remain friends and love each other immensely. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this period.’

On Tuesday, Subban’s retirement statement continued: ‘I never looked at myself or ever felt that I was “just a hockey player.” I always saw myself as someone who happened to play hockey.

‘With that perspective I could enjoy every shift as if it were my last, celebrate every goal with emotion and play every game as if someone paid to see me play who had never seen me play before.

Subban and Vonn were often seen enjoying various tennis grand slams around the globe
Subban and Vonn were often seen enjoying various tennis grand slams around the globe

Subban and Vonn were often seen enjoying various tennis grand slams around the globe

Subban and Vonn ended their relationship in December 2020, despite their wedding plans
Subban and Vonn ended their relationship in December 2020, despite their wedding plans

Subban and Vonn ended their relationship in December 2020, despite their wedding plans

Subban was seen sitting next to New York icon, Spike Lee (R), at the 2022 US Open
Subban was seen sitting next to New York icon, Spike Lee (R), at the 2022 US Open

Subban was seen sitting next to New York icon, Spike Lee (R), at the 2022 US Open

The stylish ex-duo were often a source of paparazzi attention throughout their time together
The stylish ex-duo were often a source of paparazzi attention throughout their time together

The stylish ex-duo were often a source of paparazzi attention throughout their time together

‘I would like to thank my parents, Karl and Maria, for literally being the best people I have ever met! I have been blessed with love and support from you every day and I don’t know how to put into words how grateful I am for the sacrifices you have made for me.

‘I am so lucky to have the best and most supportive brothers and sisters I could ask for. To all my fans who have supported me and continue to support me since the first day I stepped on the ice, thank you!

‘You picked me up when I was down, supported me through hard times and had my back through it all! To a great league that gave me the opportunity to compete at the highest level with some of the best athletes in the world.

He hasn't stepped out of the limelight, seen at this month's Toronto International Film Festival
He hasn't stepped out of the limelight, seen at this month's Toronto International Film Festival

He hasn’t stepped out of the limelight, seen at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival

The former power couple were spotted celebrating Red Bull's celebration of Vonn back in 2019
The former power couple were spotted celebrating Red Bull's celebration of Vonn back in 2019

The former power couple were spotted celebrating Red Bull’s celebration of Vonn back in 2019

‘The NHL also gave me a platform that allowed me to give back through my charities. A sincere thank you to the many players I either played with or competed against who brought out the best in me.

‘A heartfelt appreciation to the Montreal Canadians, Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils for each representing organizations of class and integrity.

‘I look forward to the road ahead and the many exciting opportunities that lie ahead. I’m excited to share what it is with all of you when the time comes!

Vonn and Subban were on stage at the 2019 MTV Music Video Awards at the Prudential Center
Vonn and Subban were on stage at the 2019 MTV Music Video Awards at the Prudential Center

Vonn and Subban were on stage at the 2019 MTV Music Video Awards at the Prudential Center

‘With love, appreciation and all the happiness I could ever hope for, PK’

Subban, who was most recently a free agent before retiring, was spotted at the US Open last month as Serena Williams crashed out against Ajla Tomljanovic.

The 33-year-old also won the Norris Trophy in 2013 – an award given to the NHL’s best defenceman.

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