Predators to raise awareness for those affected by tornado in Nashville
'We will be full bore to help our community,' GM Poile saysby Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com 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 played at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Their home, 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 24 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 at the height of the outages.
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 was hired in 1997 and has been the only GM in Nashville history. "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."
Predators coach John Hynes said after the 3-1 loss Tuesday, "For us, it's our community. We certainly feel for the community, and I think most importantly the families and the people that are affected by it. We're going to do all that we can as an organization and a team to try to help people that are in need, and hopefully things turn out for the best."
NHL.com independent correspondent Jessi Pierce contributed to this report