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Preds Plan Busy Thursday In the Community

by Press Release / Nashville Predators
Nashville Tenn. (December 1, 2010) – From teaching hockey clinics to encouraging youth fitness to reading to children, the Nashville Predators will be out and about in the community tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 2.

Kicking off the philanthropy will be forward Sergei Kostitsyn, defenseman Alexander Sulzer and mascot GNASH. They will participate in the Hunter’s Bend Elementary (Franklin, TN) Third Annual Jungle Bell Walk – a school fundraiser driven by the students themselves. Kostitsyn and Sulzer will walk the event with the Hunter’s Bend first grade and kindergarten classes.

Then from 5-6:15 p.m. forward Cal O’Reilly and defenseman Shane O’Brien will participate in a Nashville Predators/USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) clinic at Centennial Sportsplex for approximately 60 Squirt House players (ages 8-10). This free clinic is designed to support and develop youth hockey within the community. O’Reilly and O’Brien, alongside Predators Amateur & Youth Hockey staff, will serve as guest on-ice instructors and hang around after the clinic for an autograph signing and photo opportunity in lobby and hang around after the clinic for an autograph signing and photo opportunity in lobby.

Defenseman Cody Franson, forward Nick Spaling and mascot GNASH will also be making an appearance in the community, appearing at a Stick to Reading event at the Williamson County Public Library (1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin) from 6-7 p.m. Franson, Spaling and GNASH will be reading books, signing autographs and answering questions for all in attendance. This is a public event, but because space is limited, tickets are required. Arrive by 5:45 p.m. to pick up free tickets. Call the Library at 615-595-1250 for more information. Through the Stick to Reading program, the Nashville Predators encourage learning and reading to students in elementary schools.

Predators forward Colin Wilson will also be making a special appearance on Thursday at Nashville Lifestyles’ Ladies Night Out event, signing autographs and taking pictures with guests. The event, which benefits the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee features VIP Treatment, delicious cocktails, shopping, sweet treats, tarot card readings and giveaways. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and include two complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and much more. The event runs 6-9 p.m. at Lexus of Nashville (1636 Westgate Cir, Brentwood TN).

Closing out the day will be Predators forwards Jerred Smithson and Jordin Tootoo at Best Buy in Brentwood (1600 Galleria Blvd, Brentwood, TN) from 7-8 p.m. Smithson and Tootoo will be signing autographs and taking pictures for those in attendance. All fans are invited to this public event.

Throughout the season, Nashville Predators players will make several more appearances in the community. Log on to for the most up-to-date information.
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