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Predators Award January Hockey Recognition to Tudor of NYHL and Curtis of Youth, Inc.

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
For more information on the Predators hockey recognition program, or to nominate a player, volunteer or team making a difference in a youth hockey community, visit Predators Hockey Recognition and nominate someone today!
The Nashville Predators introduce the fifth season of a program to recognize players and volunteers in the Nashville area who demonstrate character skills that make youth hockey a better experience for all involved. The Nashville Predators will recognize a Youth Hockey Player of the Month and a Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month each month during the 2009-10 regular hockey season.
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During a ceremony held prior to the Nashville Predators’ January 5th home game against the Calgary Flames, the Predators organization announced that Graham Tudor and Gary Curtis were named Youth Hockey Player and Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month, respectively, for January. Tudor and Curtis were presented with a plaque recognizing their efforts on behalf of the Predators during the ceremony. The two were nominated and selected as part of a Predators hockey development initiative that will regularly recognize a player and volunteer in the Nashville area.

Tudor, January Player of the Month, is 14, and plays forward for the Bantam Kings and the Southern Flyers Bantam A team, which is part of the Nashville Youth Hockey League (NYHL) that plays at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. Additionally, Tudor plays inline hockey for Youth, Inc. at the Bellevue inline rink. At age 6 Tudor began playing inline hockey and is now in his 8th season. At a young age his dad, Rob, took him to try out inline hockey. At first Tudor was too nervous to play, but the following season he went to try-outs and with his dad at his side as a volunteer coach, Tudor began his career. Four years ago Tudor transitioned to ice hockey, but continues to play inline, and enjoys both.

Throughout his ice and inline career coaches have commented that Tudor embodies respect by the way he carries himself on and off the rink and the way he plays the game. This Bellevue Middle School student is considered a quiet leader by his peers and wants to do his best every time he puts on his skates, and for this the Nashville Predators has recognized Graham Tudor as the January Youth Hockey Player!

The Nashville Predators are also proud to have named Gary Curtis as the January Youth Hockey Volunteer. Curtis is the Inline Hockey Director for the Youth, Inc. Inline Hockey League that plays in Bellevue, LaVergne and Smyrna. Not only is he the hockey director for all the youth and adult leagues but he volunteers his time to coach a variety of teams and even referees league games.

Curtis has been involved in the Nashville area inline hockey community for 11 years, he was introduced to the sport by a friend. Curtis was nominated by many of the inline families he works with and Coach Bob Timoney says, “Gary’s dependability and passion to make the program available to kids is exemplary. He is one of kind.” Curtis continues to be involved after numerous seasons because enjoys working with kids and watching them develop as players and men.

Curtis’s commitment to youth hockey has been tireless. He devotes countless hours to the betterment of all levels of youth hockey and the programs he oversees and for this, the Nashville Predators have recognized him as the January Youth Hockey Volunteer!

For more information on the Predators hockey recognition program, or to nominate a player, volunteer or team making a difference in a youth hockey community, visit Predators Hockey Recognition and nominate someone today!
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