A few seasons ago, Watson and Sissons - as well as former teammate Anthony Bitetto - were looking for a way to give back during the holiday season, and the idea was born. Watson and Sissons now host a party at Bridgestone Arena in the month of December for Nashville families who may not otherwise be able to give their children the kind of Christmas every young one deserves.
The Predators forwards take time to play the role of Santa's helpers and head to Walmart - which they did earlier this afternoon - to shop for items on the lists of all the children who will be attending the party this weekend, and the funds raised while working the window at Christie Cookie went a long way in helping to complete the job.
"We had Christie Cookie come on board and help us raise some more money, so we can really just make the party even better and get some more presents for the families to open up," Sissons said. "It's just such a great event. We love doing it, and just around the holidays, it feels good to give back a little bit."
Video: Preds themed holiday cookies
"For everyone over at Christie Cookie to reach out and want to get involved, it's pretty cool," Watson said. "That's why we do these things is to help those in need and to really make an impact in the community, other than what happens on the ice. To have different organizations and companies notice and want to be involved in what we're doing, it's special. We're able to help more people because of that, and that's the cool part about it."
Sissons, who says he is a classic chocolate chip guy with the odd snickerdoodle mixed in, and Watson, who was a fan of those Preds-themed cookies, also had competing tip jars for the crowds of customers to drop some additional funds to go toward the cause. A final tally revealed No. 10's jar to have a few more dollars than No. 51, excellent fodder for some bragging rights at the end of the day.
"He didn't beat me by a lot, but you know what, there's no need to be greedy when you're doing things for charity," Watson smiled with his classic hockey grin. "If that's how we're going to raise some money, then that's how we're going to get it."
The Great Outdoors:
The month of December is already here, and the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic isn't far behind.
We all know by now the Predators will face the Dallas Stars in the League's signature outdoor event on New Year's Day at the Cotton Bowl in Texas, but as the months turn into just weeks, more details on the Classic have been released.
One of the more notable tidbits comes in the form of the NHL Fan Access App that fans may download for a chance to win exclusive prizes and opportunities at the Truly Hard Seltzer NHL PreGame celebration in Dallas.
The app includes access to event schedules and merchandise pre-ordering capabilities, among other features. Fans may also be entered for a chance to win a post-game on-field experience for two, NHLShop.com gift cards, EA Sports games, Dunkin' gift cards, autographed jerseys and more.
Stay tuned to the Winter Classic section of NashvillePredators.com in the weeks to come - especially if you're planning on heading to Dallas - for further information on exclusive events for Preds fans.
Vote Early, Vote Often, Vote Preds:
The 2020 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by adidas is now open, and Preds fans are encouraged to make their voices heard by voting online or via the NHL/Predators App. Nashville stars like Roman Josi, Matt Duchene, Filip Forsberg and Pekka Rinne are in the running to be named captain of the Central Division during 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, and with your help, one of them might just win the ballot count.
Plus, there is added incentive this season for everyone involved. New this season, players have the opportunity to earn a donation to the charitable organization of their choice as part of the voting process. The player with the most retweets on Twitter and the player with the most likes on Instagram across all of his posts that use the hashtag #NHLAllStar will each receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice.
Voting is now live, and it's simple to do. Fans may cast votes for one player from each division, without regard to position. Voting concludes at 10:59 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 20, with the top vote-getters by division - regardless of position - named All-Stars and captains.
Fans are permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per 24-hour period for each fan is 10.
Trenin, Novak Honored by AHL as Milwaukee Wins 13th Straight:
Another week has brought about another string of wins for the Admirals.
Nashville's AHL affiliate has now rattled off 13-straight victories, including a pair of overtime wins in the state of Texas over the weekend. Yakov Trenin scored both of Milwaukee's goals in a 2-1 OT victory over the Stars on Sunday, and to cap it off, the Russian forward was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday.
Over the past seven days, Trenin has scored five times and added two assists in just three games, including another two-goal effort last Wednesday in a 6-3 win over Manitoba.
That was just one of two accolades earned by members of the Admirals on Monday, as forward Tommy Novak was named the AHL Rookie of the Month for November. Novak recorded three goals and 10 assists in 12 games played during November, all games that were Milwaukee victories.
Trenin leads the Admirals in scoring with 13 goals and 25 points, followed by Cole Schneider and Colin Blackwell with 20 and 19 points, respectively. Entering Monday's action, the Admirals held a four-point lead over the entire league with a 17-3-1-2 record, good for 37 points in the standings.
Mike Fisher Suite Tickets Up for Auction:
Ever wondered what it would be like to watch a hockey game with Mike Fisher? Here's your chance.
Fans may bid on the opportunity to join the former Preds captain to see the Preds host the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 10 from the Predators owners' suite at Bridgestone Arena. The bidding is good for groups of two tickets, and the auction closes Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. CT.
The experience includes a food and beverage package in the suite, a hockey stick autographed by Fisher, a photo with the former Preds captain for you and your guest by the Predators team photographer, a visit from Preds CEO Sean Henry, Predators alumni, GNASH and a postgame meet and greet with select Preds players outside the Preds locker room.
To bid on the once-in-a-lifetime experience, text FISHERSUITE to 52182.
Goal of the Week:
Video: NSH@CAR: Grimaldi squeezes the puck past Mrazek
Save(s) of the Week:
Video: NSH@CAR: Rinne shuts out Hurricanes
Quote of the Week:
Preds forward Rocco Grimaldi on goaltender Pekka Rinne recording his 350th career win after shutting out Carolina, 3-0, on Friday:
"What can you say? He's a legend. He's one of the best of all time, and it's honestly awesome to play in front of him. I've said it before, but not only is he just such a good goalie, but he's an even better person… He has been around so long, and he's still such a nice and humble person. He's definitely someone I can look up to as well."
Shot of the Week:
…and there's more where that came from.
Preds vs. Golden Knights Gallery
Preds at Hurricanes Gallery
Preds at Panthers Gallery
The Week Ahead:
Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSN Radio: 102.5 The Game
Saturday vs. New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. CT
TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game
Upcoming Bridgestone Arena Events:
Looking for more than just hockey at the home of the Preds? Here's what's coming to Bridgestone Arena.
This Week's Shows:
Dec. 4: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Winter Tour 2019. Click here for tickets.
Dec. 5: Ariana Grande, The Sweetener Tour. Click here for tickets.
Five Finger Death Punch, May 17, 2020. Tickets on sale Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. CT.
Doobie Brothers, June 17, 2020. Tickets on sale Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. CT.
Week in Review:
Countdown to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
Recap: Preds Shut Out by Panthers in Florida
2020 NHL All-Star Fan Vote Now Open
Recap: Rinne Records 350th Win as Preds Shut Out Hurricanes
Preds, Metro Nashville Police Deliver Thanksgiving Dinners in Community
Recap: Preds Fall to Golden Knights in Overtime