Nashville Junior Pred has come a long ways in a short amount of years
/ Nashville Predators
By Jim Diamond, The Examiner
Immediately following the championship game of the MyHockeyTradingCards.com tournament at Franklin’s A-Game Sportsplex in late January, one member of the Mite Minor Nashville Jr. Predators, who had just been awarded the team MVP, skated back out onto the ice. His team had just fallen to the Knoxville Jr. Ice Bears, but Stone Bishop went up to each member of the Ice Bears to congratulate them on their achievement. This was not the traditional “good game, good game” handshake that normally takes place following most youth sporting events. Those greetings had already taken place, but seven-year-old Stone felt compelled to go far beyond what is considered normal.
Needless to say the parents and coaches of the victorious Ice Bears were equal parts impressed and surprised at this display of sportsmanship. What a difference a couple of years made.
In that very rink three years prior, Adam Bishop took his son out onto the ice to teach him how to skate. Adam and his wife Melani are originally from London, Ontario, and Adam was doing what Canadian hockey dads do by getting him onto the ice on a pair of skates.
It did not go well.
“Getting him out on the ice and teaching him how to skate for that very first time was just brutal,” Adam said. “I remember calling my dad after that first day saying it was just not going to work. He was crying, he was grabbing, and he was biting. He just didn’t want to be out there.”
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