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Southeastern Youth Players 'Got Skills'

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
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The Nashville Predators hosted the third annual Ace’s Got Skills competitions February 6 at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. During the events, over 75 Squirt and Peewee house and travel youth hockey players and goaltenders of all skill levels competed from the Nashville and surrounding areas to determine who’s "Got Skills" in the South. Predators forward Alexander Radulov took part in the on-ice activities. This one-of-a-kind event combines a top-shelf ice hockey skills competition with a powerful grassroots, youth-oriented community outreach program. Supported by the NHL, Ace's Got Skills has been created to showcase the glory of the human spirit both on the ice and through the league's charitable partnership with the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation.

Launched in September 2005 and growing with the involvement of several NHL teams--including the Nashville Predators--Ace's Got Skills is modeled after the NHL's popular All-Star Super Skills Competition and gives boys and girls ages 9-12 the opportunity to come out and test their skill level in the following key ice hockey categories: fastest skater, hardest shot, accuracy shooting, breakaway shoot-out and best goalie. Winners from local competitions advance to the Ace’s Got Skills National Finals to be held this summer. For more information on Ace’s Got Skills, please visit

The Nashville Predators would like to congratulate the winners of the Nashville market 2008 Ace’s Got Skills competitions. These names listed below have qualified to represent the Nashville Predators at the Ace’s Got Skills National Finals held this summer. For information and scores related to the Nashville events, go to the Ace's Got Skills event results page. There you can also compare scores from participants across North America as they compete to reach the National Finals.

Squirt House   Pee Wee House  
Fastest Skater Taylor Saxon Fastest Skater Nathaniel Chiarizzo
Accuracy Andrew Washburn Accuracy Andrew Smith
Hardest Shot Brendan Smith Hardest Shot Andrew Smith
Shootout Andrew Washburn Shootout Tyler Decker
Goalie Connor Smith Goalie Tyler Rettke
Goalie Zachary Rodgers    
Squirt Travel   Pee Wee Travel  
Fastest Skater Michael Nodarse Fastest Skater P.J. Fogolin
Accuracy Nick Ray Accuracy P.J. Fogolin
Hardest Shot Russell Morris Hardest Shot P.J. Fogolin
Shootout Warren Preston Shootout Jake Malezis
Goalie James Mainland Goalie Teddy Bunton

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