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Predators to raise awareness for those affected by tornado in Nashville

'We will be full bore to help our community,' GM Poile says

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Nashville Predators will use events this week as platforms to raise awareness of those affected by the tornado that struck parts of Nashville and central Tennessee early Tuesday.

The Predators will play at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-WI, FS-N+, FS-TN, NHL.TV). Their home of Bridgestone Arena will host a Post Malone concert Wednesday, and they will play the Dallas Stars there Thursday.

"We will be full bore to help our community," general manager David Poile said at the annual March meetings for NHL general managers Tuesday.

At least 22 people were killed and several were injured in the storm, according to NBC News. At least 45 buildings collapsed, according to police, and about 50,000 homes and businesses were without power.

Poile, who spoke with Predators president Sean Henry, said no one from the team was affected as far as he knew, and there was no damage to team facilities. The tornado touched down a couple of miles away from Bridgestone Arena.

"Everybody's accounted for in our office," Poile said. "We opened two hours later today at 11 o'clock. Everybody's there, and everybody's willing to help out."

The Predators opened Bridgestone Arena and served pizza to those affected by the storm.

"It's called the 'Volunteer State,'" said Poile, who has been Nashville's one and only GM since 1997. "I didn't know what that meant when I got to Nashville. I just knew it was the Vols (from the University of) Tennessee. But it's a state that the people really support each other, so I really think this will be a huge undertaking by the whole community to come out to get everything right and to help everybody."

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