Thirteen years ago, a handful of young hockey players descended on the city of Nashville to participate in the inaugural Elite Edge Hockey Showcase. It was an opportunity to skate in front of collegiate and junior coaches, a chance these participants, predominantly from the Southeastern United States, likely wouldn't have received otherwise.
Thirteen summers later, more than 200 skaters and goaltenders, some who live a short drive from Ford Ice Center, others who reside halfway around the world, were back in Nashville to take advantage of the showcase so many others have enjoyed before them.
The goal of the camp is still the same - give young hockey players, who aspire to advance in the game, a chance to be seen by coaches and scouts who can make those dreams a reality - but the participants aren't just leaving as better hockey players, they're better people, too.
Here now, a collection of stories from the 2018 edition of Elite Edge.