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Preds to Host Lightning in Rookie Games at Ford Ice Center

Preds, Lightning to Play Three Times Following Cancellation of Florida Rookie Tournament

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (September 6, 2017) - Following the cancellation of the 2017 Rookie Tournament in Estero, Florida, due to Hurricane Irma, the Nashville Predators announced Wednesday they will host the Tampa Bay Lightning in a three-game rookie camp series at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee, from Sept. 9-12.

The two teams will face off on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. CT and Sunday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. CT before reconvening on Tuesday, Sept. 12 for the final game at 11 a.m CT.

The Predators' full rookie camp roster may be viewed here.

All three games will be open to the public. Along with Nashville's ongoing hurricane relief efforts, the Predators will be collecting $10 donations at the door benefiting Hurricane Irma relief. Additionally, fans are invited to bring donation items to Ford Ice Center or Bridgestone Arena for collection. Items needed include: new socks and underwear, OTC medications, first aid supplies, phone chargers, face masks, work and plastic gloves, towels and bed linens.

Additionally, the Ford Ice Center will host the Mattias Ekholm Clinic presented by Delta Dental of Tennessee benefiting Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Qualified instructors on the ice will include Ekholm, surprise guests from the Predators and members of the Ford Ice Center hockey staff and Preds Amateur Hockey Development staff. Registration for the clinic is currently full.

(New) Predators Rookie Camp Schedule

Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. - Rookie ice (Centennial Sportsplex)

  • 2 p.m. - Media availability with David Poile and Peter Laviolette

Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. - Rookie ice (Centennial Sportsplex)

Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. - Rookie game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Ford Ice Center)

  • 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Mattias Ekholm Clinic

Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. - Rookie game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Ford Ice Center)

Sept. 11 - Off-day (subject to change)

Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. - Rookie game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Ford Ice Center)

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