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Preds & Preds Alumni Team With USA Hockey On Youth Clinics

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
As the Nashville Predators’ regular season kicks off, so does the youth hockey season.

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During the last few weeks, the Preds Youth Hockey Development staff has hosted a variety of youth hockey USA Hockey American Development Model clinics. It coincides with the Predators’ mission to support and develop youth hockey in the community.

Recent clinics held at Bridgestone Arena featured current Predators players Cliff Ronning and Stu Grimson, and current Predators players Francis Bouillon and Sergei Kostitsyn. Fan-favorite GNASH was also on hand. The participants received tickets to a Preds game through the registration fee. And each clinic sold out. More than 60 kids ranging in ages from 8-12 of varying skill level participated.

Also, the Preds traveled to A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin, where Predators forward Jerred Smithson helped out during a termite practice (ages 6 and under) for 70 kids.

Participants were grouped by ability to enhance their learning environment. The clinics focus on skill stations and small-area games in a fun setting and are supported through a set of guidelines designed to specifically help kids reach their full potential through the USA Hockey ADM. Qualified instructors include members of the Nashville Youth Development staff, local youth coaches and special guests.

The team will hold seven free clinics this season away from Bridgestone Arena in conjunction with youth hockey practices held at A-Game Sportsplex and Centennial Sportsplex. They are designed to give youth hockey players a chance to improve their hockey skills while interacting with the Predators in a fun and challenging environment.

The Preds fully support the USA Hockey ADM. Parents and coaches can find out more about this program at

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