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Florida rookie tournament canceled because of Hurricane Irma

Predators will instead host Lightning for three-game series in Tennessee

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The rookie tournament scheduled for Sept. 9-12 between the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida, has been canceled because of the expected impact of Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane is forecast to hit Florida sometime this weekend.

"We encourage our fans, staff and members of our community to prepare wisely and stay safe throughout the duration of this storm," Panthers president and CEO Matthew Caldwell said. "Our strength as a community will guide us the through the difficult times ahead."

The Predators announced Wednesday they will host the Lightning for a three-game rookie camp series at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee. The first game will be played Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. CT, the second Sunday, Sept. 10, at noon, and the third Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m.

All three games will be open to the public, and the Predators will collect $10 donations at the door to benefit Irma relief.

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