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Preds honor Feb. youth player, volunteer

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Spencer Thompson and Deb Davis
Photo by Andee Boiman
During a Feb. 8 pregame ceremony, Deb Davis (left) and Spencer Thompson were honored as the Predators' youth volunteer and player, respectively, for February.

During a ceremony held prior to the Nashville Predators' February 8 home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Predators organization announced that Spencer Thompson and Deb Davis had been named Youth Hockey Player and Volunteer of the Month, respectively, for February. Thompson and Davis 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 youth community initiative that will regularly recognize a player and volunteer in the Nashville area who demonstrate character skills that make youth hockey a better experience for all involved.

Thompson, February Player of the Month, is 11, and plays defense for the Tennessee Inferno travel hockey team of the Middle Tennessee Inline Association. He also plays for the Bruins Squirt ice hockey team, which is a part of the Nashville Youth Hockey League based out of Centennial Sportsplex. Despite playing hockey on several different teams, Thompson does not let that interfere with his studies. Striving to score 100% on all of his tests and projects, Thompson has maintained straight A's while playing hockey.

Not only does Thompson display the characteristics of an outstanding student, he is a dedicated athlete. Giving 100 percent every time he plays, Thompson eats, breathes, and lives hockey. As a young individual that enjoys the sport of hockey, maintains straight A's, and balances other extracurricular activities, Thompson is a role model for others his age.

Thompson was nominated by his teacher, Angie Templeton. "He adds a ray of sunshine to my class everyday," said Templeton. "He always has a smile on his face and makes teaching truly rewarding." As a results of Thompson's accomplishments, the Nashville Predators have recognized him the February Youth Hockey Player of the Month.

The Nashville Predators are also proud to have named Deb Davis as the February Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month. On one hand, Davis is the team manager for the Blackman-Overton High School hockey team. On the other, she's the secretary for the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey (GNASH) League, doing statistics as well as being one of the managers for the GNASH Web site. She works with the area middle schools to promote youth hockey, and in turn, develop a larger talent pool for high school hockey teams.

Davis enjoys the game of hockey and takes pride in her ability to promote the sport within the community. She has helped develop high school hockey in Middle Tennessee by working with USA Hockey to develop a Web site for the GNASH league and also working with sponsors to make hockey more affordable for families.

Davis was nominated by Debra Tant, parent of a Blackman-Overton player. According to Tant, "People who enjoy this level of hockey and keep up with the league should be very grateful to have a volunteer like Deb." As a result of Davis' contributions, the Nashville Predators have recognized her as the February Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month.

For more information on the Predators hockey recognition program, or to nominate a player, volunteer or team making a difference in a Nashville area youth hockey community, visit the Local Hockey Recognition Page in the Play Hockey section.


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