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Nashville Predators to Host Rookie Tournament at Ford Ice Center Sept. 13-16

by Press Release / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (August 22, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Nashville Predators prospects will report to town for physicals on Sept. 11, take to the ice for the first time at Centennial Sportplex at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12, then host the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins in a four-team rookie tournament from Sept. 13-16 at the brand-new Ford Ice Center in Antioch.

This marks the first time the Predators have hosted a rookie showcase against multiple opponents, and the first time Preds prospects will play games in Nashville since hosting the Atlanta Thrashers’ rookies for a pair of contests in 2008. Last September, the Panthers hosted the same four teams at their practice facility in Sunrise, Florida in what was Nashville’s first rookie tournament since competing in the Traverse City Rookie Tournament from 1998-2001. Preds prospects have also played two-game sets against the likes of Florida (2011 and 2010), Atlanta (2008 and 2009) and Columbus (2002 and 2003) in recent years.

The 24-player Predators team, comprised of 16 Nashville draft picks, two players acquired via trade, one signed as a free agent, four signed to contracts with AHL affiliate Milwaukee and one free agent invitee, will be coached by Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) Head Coach Dean Evason and assistant coach Stan Drulia. Among the 13 forwards, seven defensemen and four goaltenders scheduled to participate are first-round picks Kevin Fiala (11th overall in 2014) and Filip Forsberg (ninth overall in 2012), and four players – Forsberg, Colton Sissons (50th overall in 2012), Marek Mazanec (179th overall in 2012) and Magnus Hellberg (38th overall in 2011) – who played games at the NHL level in 2013-14.

The games and camp will precede the opening of 2014 Training Camp, which occurs Sept. 18, with physicals and team meetings. The Predators’ first day on the ice will be Sept. 19 at Centennial Sportsplex and they will play six preseason contests from Sept. 23-Oct. 4, including four at home (Sept. 25 vs. Tampa Bay, a doubleheader Sept. 27 vs. Florida and Sept. 29 vs. Columbus).

The game schedule, which is being run in conjunction with the grand opening of Ford Ice Center, is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 12

Time                                   Event                                                                     Location

1 p.m.                                 Predators rookie on-ice session                            Centennial Sportsplex

Saturday, Sept. 13

Time                                  Event                                                                      Location

1 p.m.                                 Florida vs. Boston                                                   Ford Ice Center

4:30 p.m.                            Nashville vs. Tampa Bay                                         Ford Ice Center

Sunday, Sept. 14

Time                                  Event                                                                      Location

4 p.m.                                 Tampa Bay vs. Boston                                            Ford Ice Center

7 p.m.                                 Nashville vs. Florida                                                Ford Ice Center

Monday, Sept. 15

Time                                  Event                                                                      Location

10 a.m.                               Tampa Bay practice                                                 Ford Ice Center

10:30 a.m.                          Bostonpractice                                                       Ford Ice Center

12 p.m.                               Nashville practice                                                     Ford Ice Center  

12:30 p.m.                          Florida practice                                                        Ford Ice Center

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Time                                   Event                                                                      Location

10 a.m.                               Tampa Bay vs. Florida                                             Ford Ice Center

1 p.m.                                 Nashville vs. Boston                                                 Ford Ice Center

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