Marselis knows that he'll be the first of the highly touted Subbans to throw on a Knights jersey. With P.K. having graduated through the Belleville Bulls system, and his two younger brothers Malcolm and Jordan throwing on that same jersey this upcoming season, it'll give Marselis a chance to do his own thing.
"Jordan's a great hockey player, Malcolm's a good goalie and P.K. is P.K," the five-foot-eleven defenseman continued. "But I'm Marselis. I'm not trying to be any one of them, they're there own players, even though there will always be comparisons between all four of us; what we do and our success. But I have my own goals and they have their own, so I'm just going to play my game and stick to that."
Though, it doesn't hurt to have his cousins on speed dial should Marselis ever need advice for his budding hockey career. After all, two of them have seen their fair share of hockey in the Ontario Hockey League.
"This is the only summer where I haven't stayed in Toronto and trained with them. But when I did train with them, me and Jordan are very competitive -- I mean we're the same age -- so whenever we did battle drills, we'd go together. He'd make me better, I'd make him better," the Cambridge native elaborated. "And of course you have P.K. and Malcolm who have already been in the OHL, and now P.K. is in the NHL, so they can give you advice. But just because we have the last name, that's not gonna make us better. You have to work hard, right?"
For now, the Cambridge Hawks defenseman will set his sights on the London Knights roster, and hopefully snag a spot on its back end.
With London in need of some help on the puck moving side of the game, Subban's abilities sure would help.
"Right now, I would say a two-way defenseman," Marselis began. "I like pushing the offense, but training this summer I'm starting to learn both ends of the game, properly. As a defenseman, defense comes first, and the offence will come."
For now, the focus is on getting some ice time with the Knights. Though with the talent seen coming out of his family, it's probably not a stretch to say the NHL Draft is on his mind. But that's still two years away.