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Subban Named Finalist for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Predators Defenseman One of Three Up for Clancy Trophy Thanks to Contribution to Community

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Already one of the 31 NHL players nominated for the 2018 King Clancy Memorial Trophy last week, P.K. Subban is now in the Top Three.

On Wednesday, Subban was named a finalist for the trophy, awarded annually "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." Originally nominated by the Predators organization, Subban's advancement comes courtesy of a committee of senior NHL executives, led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

According to the NHL, the selection committee applies the following criteria in determining the finalists and winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Investment of time and resources, commitment to a particular cause or community, creativity of programming, use of influence, engagement of others and measurement of impact.

Suffice to say, Subban and his initiatives check each and every one of those boxes.

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Local Charities, Nonprofits Receive $607,639 from Preds Foundation

Predators Foundation Breaks Record Again, Passes Out 149 Grants Totaling $607,639.32

by AJ Mazzolini @ajmazzolini /

Foundation Distributes $607,639

Preds Foundation gives record $607,639 to nonprofits

Preds Foundation distributes another record-breaking $607,639 to Nashville nonprofits and charities

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After a record grant total last year, the Nashville Predators Foundation raised the bar by an additional $100,000 in 2018 with its annual distributions reaching more than $600,000, the largest one-time donation in the Foundation's history.

The Foundation handed out 149 grants totaling $607,639.32 to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations in the Nissan Atrium inside Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday. That brings the total grant funding to nearly $6 million across 600 organizations in the foundation's 20 years of giving.

"It's a huge celebration for us to have this many people in one room," Predators Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King said. "They're doing great things for our community, and we're so appreciative that we can raise money to help their efforts. The people that came here today are the ones in the trenches doing all the hard work and making big changes for our community."

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Preds Foundation to Distribute Record $607,639 to Community

Foundation to Award 149 Grants Totaling $607,639.32 to Nashville and Middle Tennessee Organizations

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (April 30, 2018) - This Wednesday, May 2, the Nashville Predators Foundation will distribute 149 grants, totaling $607,639.32 - the largest one-time donation in the Foundation's history, surpassing last year's previous high of $515,000 by nearly $100,000 - to Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community service and charitable organizations. The grants will be presented during a ceremony taking place from 9 - 11 a.m. CT in Bridgestone Arena's Nissan Atrium.

This is the fourth year that the Predators Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT), enabling organizations that receive Predators Foundation grants to put their grant money toward CFMT's The Big Payback. The Big Payback plaza celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. CT on May 2, is a 24-hour, online giving event the CFMT uses to increase and encourage philanthropy in Middle Tennessee.

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Preds Support Shreveport, Louisiana in Kraft Hockeyville Vote

Fans May Vote for Southern City in Nationwide Competition

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Even in the midst of another run at the Stanley Cup, the Nashville Predators never stop trying to grow the game, not only in Middle Tennessee, but all across the South.

That's why the Preds have put their full support behind the town of Shreveport, Louisiana, as they compete among the final four entries to be named Kraft Hockeyville USA for 2018.

Starting today, and concluding at 11 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 14, fans can cast their vote online for Shreveport, home of the Mudbugs of the North American Hockey League. The winners receive not only $150,000 in rink upgrades but will also host a 2018 NHL preseason game.

Tweet from @mudbugshockey: Tell ���em coach! Head coach of the Nashville Predators, Peter Laviolette, has a message for you! April 13th.. it���s going down. It���s the south vs. all y���all�� Kraft Hockeyville USA #krafthockeyvilleUSA

The Mudbugs call George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum home and the money would be used for rink upgrades, primarily to repair and improve the facility's roof. There is also a Smashville connection with the Mudbugs as the team's general manager, Scott Muscutt, has become a part of the Predators family, assisting Preds coaches with their messaging to the team.

Now, the Predators are looking to help a city in need, not just for Muscutt, but for the entire Shreveport community - because Nashville loves a good hockey town, especially one that takes their sticks and pucks with a side of Southern hospitality.

To learn more about Kraft Hockeyville USA and to cast your vote for Shreveport, click here.

Tweet from @mudbugshockey: Voting is open NOW! After the big win last night, Captain @rjosi90 has one thing to say... VOTE SHREVEPORT! Visit to cast your unlimited vote #krafthockeyvilleUSA

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The Predators BEARD-A-THON is Back

Fans are Invited to Grow Playoff Beards in Support of 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (April 11, 2018) - The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are unlike anything else. The passion, the excitement, and yes, the playoff beards.

BEARD-A-THON® strives to harness the momentum of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the good of the local community. The initiative challenges Preds fans to get creative with the tradition of playoff beards in order to raise funds for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

All proceeds raised by the Nashville Predators Foundation during BEARD-A-THON® 2018 will be channeled into the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily. This fund is a source of much-needed fundraising for pediatric cancer research at Vanderbilt. Additionally, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily works with the Predators team to host a series of opportunities for young patrons of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and their families to get a special dose of the Smashville hockey experience.

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Subban, Blueline Buddies Program Honored by Nashville Police Department

Predators Defenseman's Initiative Given Community Service Award

by Anna Evansen @PredsNHL /

There's no questioning the positive impact P.K. Subban's Blueline Buddies has had on the Nashville community.

The program, which brings together an officer from the Metro Nashville Police Department and an underprivileged youth during every home game, gives the two an opportunity to bond over a fun-filled night of hockey.

On Wednesday, as the Preds prepared to finish out their final regular-season road trip in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Police Department held their Annual Awards Ceremony, which awarded outstanding police officers and members of the Nashville community at Music City Center. Subban and the Nashville Predators Foundation's Rebecca King were honored with the Community Service Award for their efforts and the impact they have made with Blueline Buddies.

From the very beginnings of the program, Subban seemed to know exactly how to bring Blueline Buddies to life.

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Preds Owner to be Keynote Speaker at Event Supporting Haiti

Tom Cigarran Has Donated Time, Money for Support of Haitians' Health, Education

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

For nearly two decades, Predators Owner and Chairman Tom Cigarran has taken his focus beyond Nashville and the team he's helped transform into a Stanley Cup contender to an island in the Caribbean Sea.

Cigarran has donated funds to provide medical care and educational tools to Haiti, including his support of the Be Happy Haiti organization.

"I have been working with education in Haiti for more than 15 years," Cigarran said. "Helping wonderful young people prepare to become the future leaders of their country is the single most gratifying thing I have ever done."

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Preds Praise Fans as 100th Consecutive Sellout Arrives

Smashville Faithful Fill Bridgestone Arena to Create Best Atmosphere in NHL

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It wasn't all that long ago when people scoffed at the idea of the Nashville Predators selling out more than 25 games in a single season.

Sean Henry remembers it well, too.

"Yeah right," he would hear. "You only average 15,000 a night. You'll never hit that."

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Preds Grant Wish of Young Fan, Sign Him to Lifetime Contract

Predators Ink Devin Roque to Endless, Priceless Deal as Part of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, Nashville Predators Foundation Collaboration

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Make-A-Wish: Devin Roque

Devin Roque has his wish granted, signs with Preds

Devin Roque, an eight-year-old currently battling cancer, signs with the Preds and has his wish granted

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Devin Roque was hooked.

One trip to Bridgestone Arena, one glance of Pekka Rinne, one experience that only hockey can provide - that was it. He wanted nothing more than to play the game.

And then they got the diagnosis.

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Preds Foundation, Make-A-Wish Grant Preds-Themed Wish

Wish Includes Contract Signing, Ride to Preds Game in Semitruck

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2018) - The Nashville Predators and Nashville Predators Foundation, in partnership with Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee are granting Wish Kid Devin Roque his Preds-themed wish. The eight-year-old is currently battling cancer (rhabdomyosarcoma) and wishes to ride to Thursday's game in a semitruck.

The 18-wheeler, provided by Thompson Machinery, will pick Devin up from the Renaissance Hotel on Thursday and drop him off on Fifth Avenue in front of Bridgestone Arena. In advance of his ride to the arena, Devin will visit Thompson Machinery and operate machinery at the job site.

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