There's no questioning the positive impact P.K. Subban's Blueline Buddies has had on the Nashville community.
The program, which brings together an officer from the Metro Nashville Police Department and an underprivileged youth during every home game, gives the two an opportunity to bond over a fun-filled night of hockey.
On Wednesday, as the Preds prepared to finish out their final regular-season road trip in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Police Department held their Annual Awards Ceremony, which awarded outstanding police officers and members of the Nashville community at Music City Center. Subban and the Nashville Predators Foundation's Rebecca King were honored with the Community Service Award for their efforts and the impact they have made with Blueline Buddies.
From the very beginnings of the program, Subban seemed to know exactly how to bring Blueline Buddies to life.
"P.K. [Subban] is an extremely intelligent human who has great vision and he knew what program he wanted to create," King said. "It's just great that he values the community and wants to give back. He wants to use the platform as a professional athlete and a role model to do this."
Since the implementation of Blueline Buddies, it has been hailed as an exceptionally positive initiative, and for good reason.
"It's a unique program that's really taken kind of a life of its own," King said. "It gives the officers a night out of entertainment, it gives the kids a night out of entertainment, but it's also got the underlying platform of bringing youth and officers together to see that not all kids are bad and not all officers are out to get them."
A remarkable, one-of-a-kind program, Blueline Buddies has proven to be something truly special.