P.K. Subban should be a provincial treasure.

Subban is one of the top five defensemen in the NHL, and honestly, is probably in the top two or three. He’s a do-it-all defenseman, a player who drives puck possession and ignites offense with his dynamic play.

Even in a sport generally filled with good people, his play on the ice is surpassed by how he stands out away from it. It’s the P.K. Subban Atrium at Montreal Children’s Hospital. It’s his genuine relationship with the first lady of Les Habitants, Elise Couture, the widow of legend Jean Beliveau.

Montreal is starved for homegrown heroes, a culture born of French-Canadian stars leading the local hockey club dating back decades, like Patrick Roy, Guy LaFleur, Beliveau and Maurice Richard. Subban was not born in Quebec, but he has grown into the role of superstar, leader and ambassador in a way that should make residents of the province proud.