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Preds Support Shreveport, Louisiana in Kraft Hockeyville Vote

Fans May Vote for Southern City in Nationwide Competition

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Even in the midst of another run at the Stanley Cup, the Nashville Predators never stop trying to grow the game, not only in Middle Tennessee, but all across the South.

That's why the Preds have put their full support behind the town of Shreveport, Louisiana, as they compete among the final four entries to be named Kraft Hockeyville USA for 2018.

Starting today, and concluding at 11 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 14, fans can cast their vote online for Shreveport, home of the Mudbugs of the North American Hockey League. The winners receive not only $150,000 in rink upgrades but will also host a 2018 NHL preseason game.

Tweet from @mudbugshockey: Tell ���em coach! Head coach of the Nashville Predators, Peter Laviolette, has a message for you! April 13th.. it���s going down. It���s the south vs. all y���all�� Kraft Hockeyville USA #krafthockeyvilleUSA pic.twitter.com/GLrXQxtTo2

The Mudbugs call George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum home and the money would be used for rink upgrades, primarily to repair and improve the facility's roof. There is also a Smashville connection with the Mudbugs as the team's general manager, Scott Muscutt, has become a part of the Predators family, assisting Preds coaches with their messaging to the team.

Now, the Predators are looking to help a city in need, not just for Muscutt, but for the entire Shreveport community - because Nashville loves a good hockey town, especially one that takes their sticks and pucks with a side of Southern hospitality.

To learn more about Kraft Hockeyville USA and to cast your vote for Shreveport, click here.

Tweet from @mudbugshockey: Voting is open NOW! After the big win last night, Captain @rjosi90 has one thing to say... VOTE SHREVEPORT! Visit https://t.co/CLQdS7oSng to cast your unlimited vote #krafthockeyvilleUSA pic.twitter.com/dfVwibnzPd

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The Predators BEARD-A-THON is Back

Fans are Invited to Grow Playoff Beards in Support of 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (April 11, 2018) - The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are unlike anything else. The passion, the excitement, and yes, the playoff beards.

BEARD-A-THON® strives to harness the momentum of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the good of the local community. The initiative challenges Preds fans to get creative with the tradition of playoff beards in order to raise funds for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

All proceeds raised by the Nashville Predators Foundation during BEARD-A-THON® 2018 will be channeled into the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily. This fund is a source of much-needed fundraising for pediatric cancer research at Vanderbilt. Additionally, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily works with the Predators team to host a series of opportunities for young patrons of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and their families to get a special dose of the Smashville hockey experience.

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Subban, Blueline Buddies Program Honored by Nashville Police Department

Predators Defenseman's Initiative Given Community Service Award

by Anna Evansen @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

There's no questioning the positive impact P.K. Subban's Blueline Buddies has had on the Nashville community.

The program, which brings together an officer from the Metro Nashville Police Department and an underprivileged youth during every home game, gives the two an opportunity to bond over a fun-filled night of hockey.

On Wednesday, as the Preds prepared to finish out their final regular-season road trip in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Police Department held their Annual Awards Ceremony, which awarded outstanding police officers and members of the Nashville community at Music City Center. Subban and the Nashville Predators Foundation's Rebecca King were honored with the Community Service Award for their efforts and the impact they have made with Blueline Buddies.

From the very beginnings of the program, Subban seemed to know exactly how to bring Blueline Buddies to life.

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Preds Owner to be Keynote Speaker at Event Supporting Haiti

Tom Cigarran Has Donated Time, Money for Support of Haitians' Health, Education

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

For nearly two decades, Predators Owner and Chairman Tom Cigarran has taken his focus beyond Nashville and the team he's helped transform into a Stanley Cup contender to an island in the Caribbean Sea.

Cigarran has donated funds to provide medical care and educational tools to Haiti, including his support of the Be Happy Haiti organization.

"I have been working with education in Haiti for more than 15 years," Cigarran said. "Helping wonderful young people prepare to become the future leaders of their country is the single most gratifying thing I have ever done."

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Preds Praise Fans as 100th Consecutive Sellout Arrives

Smashville Faithful Fill Bridgestone Arena to Create Best Atmosphere in NHL

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It wasn't all that long ago when people scoffed at the idea of the Nashville Predators selling out more than 25 games in a single season.

Sean Henry remembers it well, too.

"Yeah right," he would hear. "You only average 15,000 a night. You'll never hit that."

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Preds Grant Wish of Young Fan, Sign Him to Lifetime Contract

Predators Ink Devin Roque to Endless, Priceless Deal as Part of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, Nashville Predators Foundation Collaboration

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Make-A-Wish: Devin Roque

Devin Roque has his wish granted, signs with Preds

Devin Roque, an eight-year-old currently battling cancer, signs with the Preds and has his wish granted

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Devin Roque was hooked.

One trip to Bridgestone Arena, one glance of Pekka Rinne, one experience that only hockey can provide - that was it. He wanted nothing more than to play the game.

And then they got the diagnosis.

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Preds Foundation, Make-A-Wish Grant Preds-Themed Wish

Wish Includes Contract Signing, Ride to Preds Game in Semitruck

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2018) - The Nashville Predators and Nashville Predators Foundation, in partnership with Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee are granting Wish Kid Devin Roque his Preds-themed wish. The eight-year-old is currently battling cancer (rhabdomyosarcoma) and wishes to ride to Thursday's game in a semitruck.

The 18-wheeler, provided by Thompson Machinery, will pick Devin up from the Renaissance Hotel on Thursday and drop him off on Fifth Avenue in front of Bridgestone Arena. In advance of his ride to the arena, Devin will visit Thompson Machinery and operate machinery at the job site.

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Rinne, Hartnell Surprise Dedicated Preds Fan on 95th Birthday

Vann Bruno Celebrates 95 Years with Surprise from Pekka Rinne and Scott Hartnell

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Surprise Party: Rinne, Hartnell

A 95-year-old Preds fan receives a surprise

Pekka Rinne and Scott Hartnell surprise a special Preds fan on her 95th birthday

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In a modest house on the outskirts of Davidson County, Vann Bruno sat surrounded by friends and family, clad in Nashville Predators Gold.

The group gathered on a Friday afternoon, bringing cookies and a birthday cake outfitted with the Predators logo in the icing, to celebrate 95 years of life. The past 20 have been spent cheering on Nashville's hockey club, no matter how late into the night - or the morning - the game goes on.

She doesn't miss a single one.

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Preds Conclude Successful Military Salute Week

Special Recognitions Bookend Military Salute Week at Bridgestone Arena

by Anna Evansen @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

On March 3, 1968, United States Air Force Sergeant William Glass returned from Vietnam to marry the love of his life. On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, as the Nashville Predators Ford Military Salute Week kicked off, Glass and his wife celebrated 50 years of marriage as well as 50 years since his homecoming.

Over the course of his service, Glass received the U.S. Air Force Aircrew Wings, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Force Combat Medal. Not to mention, he's been a Preds Season-Ticket Citizen since Day One.

A few days later, as the Preds got ready to take on the New Jersey Devils, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Kenneth Sawyer stood proudly in front of a sold-out crowd for the national anthem as the night's Military On-Ice Hero. Sawyer's service in the military included three deployments over 15 years, earning him two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Ribbon and a Volunteerism Service Medal.

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Preds Honor Military Generals During Pregame Reception

Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, Maj. Gen. Max Haston Receive Custom Predators Jerseys During Military Appreciation Week

by AJ Mazzolini @ajmazzolini / NashvillePredators.com

Amid the myriad of festivities of the Nashville Predators Ford Military Appreciation Week, Lt. Gen. Keith Huber compiled his own list of things he most appreciates.

Surrounded by his family, fellow service members and Preds staff Thursday, the recently retired officer summed it up succinctly: "We appreciate this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices of our families to allow us to continue to serve," he said.

During a pregame reception at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators honored Huber and Maj. Gen. Max Haston for their years of military service with personalized Preds jerseys. The ceremony was part of the team's weeklong recognition of the military, presented by Ford.

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