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Predators Rookie Camp Opens Sept. 10

by Press Release / Nashville Predators


Nashville, Tenn. (August 28, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that Nashville Predators prospects will report to town on Thursday, Sept. 10 before heading to Estero, Fla., the following day for a Rookie Tournament against teams from the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals from Sept. 12-15 at Germain Arena.

The Predators team, comprised of signed and unsigned draft picks, free-agent signings and free-agent tryouts, will be coached by Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) Head Coach Dean Evason and assistant coach Stan Drulia. Among the 24 players scheduled to participate are first-round pick Kevin Fiala (11th overall in 2014), second-round selections Pontus Aberg (2012), Jack Dougherty (2014), Vladislav Kamenev (2014) and Yakov Trenin (2015), as well as goaltending prospect Juuse Saros making his North American professional debut.

This marks the seventh consecutive rookie camp that Predators prospects have played games against a fellow Sunbelt team, and the third straight that a team of rookies have competed in a tournament. Predators prospects – along with those from Florida, Tampa Bay and Boston – helped open Ford Ice Center with a rookie tournament last September – and those same four teams played a slate of games at Saveology.com Iceplex in Sunrise, Fla., in 2013. 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 first four seasons of the franchise (1998-2001), rookies competed in the Traverse City Rookie Tournament.

The games and camp will precede the opening of 2015 Training Camp, which occurs Sept. 17, with physicals and team meetings. The Predators’ first day on the ice will be Friday, Sept. 18 at Centennial Sportsplex and they will play six preseason contests from Sept. 20-Oct. 3, including four at home (Sept. 20 vs. Florida (doubleheader), Sept. 23 vs. Tampa Bay and Sept. 29 vs. Columbus).

Interest-free payment plans are currently available for all Nashville Predators season-ticket packages, with full-season packages starting as low as $15 per game and half-season packages beginning at $25 per game. Full and half season-ticket holder and 13-Game Flex Plan ticket holders continue to receive the biggest savings and the most comprehensive benefits that Smashville has to offer, including access to 2016 NHL® All-Star festivity tickets saving money off the individual ticket price and getting access to certain games only available through plans. For more information, or to purchase, visit NashvillePredators.com or contact a ticket representative at 615-770-7800.

Full rookie camp schedule is as follows and a roster is attached (all times Central):

Thursday, Sept. 10
Time: Event: Location:
1:00 p.m. Practice Centennial Sportsplex
Friday, Sept. 11
Time: Event: Location:
10:00 a.m. Practice Centennial Sportsplex
1:30 p.m. Depart for Estero
Saturday, Sept. 12
Time: Event: Location:
6:00 p.m. Game vs. Tampa Bay Prospects Germain Arena
Sunday, Sept. 13
Time: Event: Location:
2:00 p.m. Game vs. Florida Prospects Germain Arena
Monday, Sept. 14
Off-ice sessions
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Time: Event: Location:
9:00 a.m. Game vs. Washington Prospects Germain Arena
6:10 p.m. Depart for Nashville
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