No one asked P.K. Subban to start his Blueline Buddies program. He wasn't poked or prodded by those around him to do something in regard to the relationship between underprivileged youth and law enforcement in this country.
Instead, Subban thought long and hard and decided to try and make a difference in his own way. That's just who he is.
And that's why Metro Nashville Chief of Police Steve Anderson dropped by Bridgestone Arena prior to a Predators home game last week to thank Subban and show appreciation for what the All-Star defenseman is doing for the community.
"I wish we had 100 more just like him," Anderson said of Subban. "He's such an outstanding individual, and to step forward and immerse himself into the community, that's really what the Predators are all about and he exemplifies that."
During every Nashville Predators home game this season - and there have been 17 thus far - Subban brings together a member of the Metro Nashville Police Department and their guest with a mentor from a local organization and an underprivileged youth.
Subban takes care of the game tickets, dinner and meets with the group prior to and after the game to snap photos, sign autographs and forge relationships that hopefully continue long after the group has departed the arena.
Anderson says the desire to participate in the program from within his department has been overwhelming, so he wanted to thank Subban in person by presenting the defenseman with a special coin and blanket from the department.
But aside from the material gifts, Anderson simply wanted to express his gratitude for what Subban is doing to have an impact on those who could use a night at the rink, away from the distractions of everyday life.
"It's probably the most rewarding part of my job, when I see people stepping up and doing things that they're not obligated to do," Anderson said. "To support the men and women of this police department, but also the community, the people that he touches will never forget it."