The Nashville Predators have wrapped up their annual summer hockey school series this past July hosting two week-long camps in the Middle Tennessee area. Headlining the sold out Nashville Predators Hockey Schools was Tim McAllister, A-Game Sportsplex Hockey Director and Nashville Jr. Predators ‘AA’ Travel Hockey Director.
In its eleventh summer, the Nashville Predators Hockey School held July 12-16 at Centennial Sportsplex continues to be one of the more popular hockey development programs offered by the Preds. Over 75 young hockey players ages 8 to14 took to the ice for all-day camp ranging in skill level from house to travel hockey. Campers were challenged with three ice sessions daily focused on technical and tactical skill development of power skating, puck handling, shooting and positioning. In addition, off-ice activities were under the direction of Preds Strength & Conditioning Coach David Good who took time out from training the pros to teach young athletes the importance of hydration, stretching and team work.
Highlights from the camp included guest appearances by Nashville Predators forwards Wade Belak and Colin Wilson
; prospects forward Taylor Beck
and defensemen Ryan Ellis
and Jonathon Blum
; and alumni Stu Grimson and Dan Kezcmer; and, of course, team mascot Gnash. The weeklong camp wrapped up with the traditional Navy vs. White scrimmage coached by Preds draft picks and alumni.
In addition to the all day camp, the Preds once again held the Little Preds Hockey School held July 26-30 in the evenings at A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin. In its’ third summer, this camp boasted a record number 100 novice to experience youth players ages 4 to 7 featuring guest appearance by Preds forward J.P. Dumont. During the 90-minute nightly ice sessions, campers were refreshed on basic skating and puck handling skills and worked their way up to agility and power strides. The fun-filled, developmental camp ended with an all camp cross-ice scrimmages with special guest Gnash.
The Nashville Predators Hockey Schools will be back next summer, visit nashvillepredators.com/hockeyschool
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