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Veteran returns from Afghanistan, surprises family at Predators game

U.S. Army Maj. Adam Moore led Nashville onto ice against Stars

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Adam Moore was home from Afghanistan, so he decided to drop in on his family and the Nashville Predators.

Moore, a major in the United States Army, led the Predators toward the ice before veering off to greet his family, including his mom Patricia and nephew Nathan, before Nashville's game against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Tweet from @PredsNHL: SURPRISE! Welcome home US Army Major Adam Moore ����#DALvsNSH pic.twitter.com/lDzdUz69en

Members of the Predators, including Ryan Johansen, made sure to acknowledge Moore while he reunited with his family. He was recently sent back to Fort Stewart, Georgia, to train new recruits for their upcoming tours, which allowed him to get out to Nashville to surprise his family and take part in the Predators Military Salute week.

"I was given an opportunity to come back for an early assignment to get a new unit ready for Afghanistan," Moore told Fox Sports Tennessee. "So they redeployed me early, and so this was a surprise for me, and made it a surprise for my family."

Moore is from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, has served 12 years of active duty and just returned home from Afghanistan. He is a huge Predators fan and watches their games when he can, but mostly listens -- at 5:30 a.m. local time in Afghanistan while working out.

Patricia and Nathan are big fans because of Adam, which is why they'd drive the 260-mile round trip to Nashville for Predators games.

"Adam mostly got us into [hockey]," Patricia told Fox Sports Tennessee. "He got interested, and we all got interested -- the whole family did -- so we come to the games."

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