I love the Nashville Predators. I have lots of favorite Predators players. My favorites are Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Jed Ortmeyer and Darcy Hordichuk, but my absolute favorite is Jordin Tootoo. I love him because he is what got me into hockey. I went to my first game a few seasons ago. I had fun, but didn't think that much about it. The next game I went to, Tootoo got into an awesome fight and BAM! I was a hockey lover!
I admire Jordin Tootoo because he is the first person of Inuit descent to play in the NHL. He has been through some hard times and a terrible family tragedy. I think it is awesome that he can still play and have such an great attitude. He is usually smiling and laughing when I see him in an interview, but he is very serious and intense on the ice.
I love how he pays attention to all of his young fans, like me. One time when I was down at the glass watching the warmup, he saw the sign I had made for him. He skated by me and tapped at my sign with his stick. It was so cool. I felt so special.
He has improved so much this year. I can't believe that he got hurt just when he got to start a few games. I have really missed him since his injury. He makes the games so exciting for me. I love hearing all the whistles when he comes out on to the ice. I blow mine even if I am just watching the game at home.
I google his name for news clips and pictures almost everyday. I read in the Tennesseean that he might come back on February 16th. I won't get to see it, because it is not on TV, but you can bet I'll be sitting at our computer listening--blowing my whistle the whole time.
I know that Jordin Tootoo has a long, successful career ahead of him. I am very happy about his two year contract extension with the Predators. He has made a lifelong fan out of me. I love Jordin Tootoo and I love the Nashville Predators!
--Codie K (Age 11)
My favorite Predators player is J.P. Dumont. He's my favorite player because he always is nice and throws pucks over to me. When I see him in town he always smiles and says hi to whoever he is talking to. He always is involved in the community because he bought a whole suite for kids to come see games. I was really scared when they said J.P. wasn't going to stay with the Preds. Luckily they said that he was going to stay at that time I was relieved.
I hope one day to meet him and thank him for my pucks. I have kept all of them for two years, though I did share some with my sister. I haven't got his signature yet but one day I hope to. My dad always goes down to look at the auction table and if there is something like a picture of J.P. he will bid on it. Some day hopefully I get his signature on my jersey. I am going to get my jersey specifically made with his name on it.
I like everyone on the team and I'm glad they are staying in Nashville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU PREDATORS!
--Paige P. (Age 10)