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Preds honor Jan. youth player/volunteer

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Bobby Helie and Kellianne Burdorf
Photo by Andee Boiman
During a Jan. 1 ceremony, Bobby Helie (left) and Kellianne Burdorf were honored as the Predators' youth player and volunteer, respectively, for January.

During a ceremony held prior to the Nashville Predators' January 1 home game against the Colorado Avalanche, the Predators organization announced that Bobby Helie and Kellianne Burdorf had been named Youth Hockey Player of the Month and Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month, respectively, for January.  The Predators organization presented Helie and Burdorf with plaques recognizing their efforts during the ceremony. The two were nominated and selected as part of a Predators youth community initiative that regularly recognizes a player and volunteer in the Nashville area who demonstrate character skills that make youth hockey a better experience for all involved.

Helie, January Player of the Month, is a 13-year-old goaltender for the Red Wings team out of Centennial Sportsplex and is part of the Nashville Youth Hockey League (NYHL). Starting to play at the age of 7, Helie began in roller hockey before transitioning to ice hockey.  Helie became attracted to the sport after being influenced by a family friend involved with roller hockey.  Being that his father, who serves in the Army, played hockey growing up, it was not a difficult decision to let his son start to play.

Helie is known for his positive attitude and his love for hockey. Giving 110 percent whenever he takes the ice, Helie dedicated each game to his father and his father's unit while they were deployed in Iraq. Helie's father, who has since returned from his duty in Iraq, now coaches Helie's Red Wings team.

Helie's love for the sport is not only shown on the ice while playing, but also through his efforts to mentor younger goaltenders.  Often spending his summers as a goalie instructor at a clinic in Clarksville, Helie prides himself on his ability to tutor those interested in the sport he loves.

Proud parent and team manager Stephanie Helie said, "As an honor roll student now, he is anxiously awaiting his chance to play in high school for Beech-Rossview next year."  Helie's passion to teach others and exemplary behavior on and off the ice is part of the reason the Nashville Predators have recognized him the January Youth Hockey Player of the Month.

Kellianne Burdorf coaching the termites
Photo courtesy of Kellianne Burdorf
Predators January youth volunteer of the month, Kellianne Burdorf, offers instruction to a member of the Termite Tigers team she coaches.

The Nashville Predators are also proud to have named Kellianne Burdorf as the January Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month. Burdorf not only plays for the Lady Tigers and the Southern Flyers women's teams, but she also coaches the Termite Tigers out of Centennial Sportsplex.

Having nothing short of the purest form of love for the game, Burdorf takes pride in teaching others about the game of hockey. Her positive demeanor has been infectious to those she coaches and plays with. Dedicating her time and influencing others positively is something that just comes natural to the young woman.

Proud mother and fellow coach Susan Burdorf explains, "There is no better representative of what a positive influence hockey can have on youth than what is personified by her." For this, the Nashville Predators have recognized Burdorf as the January 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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