Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

This year, we’re celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising forces who are creating history before our very eyes. As one of about 30 active black players in a majority-white sport, NHL favorite P.K. Subban is not just playing hockey, but thriving.

Born in Canada, Subban grew to sports fame as a defenseman on the Montreal Canadiens. He's been recognized for his position by being nominated for the James Norris Memorial Trophy twice, winning the NHL's top defenceman honor in 2013, and will likely score another nod this year. He's played as part of the NHL all-rookie team in 2011, as well as the all-star team in 2013. Plus, the dude won a gold medal during the 2014 Winter Olympics as part of Team Canada.

He's since been promoted as an alternative captain of the Canadiens which not only requires skill, but leadership. And P.K.'s leadership extends beyond ice-hockey skills.

Subban goes above and beyond when it comes to philanthropy. An involved member of the community and bettering the lives of children, his $10 million donation to the Montreal Children's Hospital was not only the "biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history," but also set a new bar for other athletes to aim towards.