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Preds Make Lasting Impacts Throughout Nashville Community

Annual Community Day Sees Predators Players Visit Organizations Across Middle Tennessee

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Not all superheroes wear capes - but Filip Forsberg and his friend Axl do.

The Predators winger dropped by Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee on Monday afternoon to surprise some Nashvillians, who will soon be on their way to the most magical place on earth.

With help from Delta Dental of Tennessee and Forsberg's Hockey Clinic held at Ford Ice Center Antioch last month, a check for more than $27,000 was donated to Make-A-Wish to help those who need it most. Four children and their families, including 3-year-old Axl, will travel to Walt Disney World later this month, and they'll do so in style.

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Rinne, Josi Victorious at Music City Food and Wine Festival

Pair of Preds Victorious at Friday Night Throwdown with Chef Carla Hall

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Pekka Rinne has won a Vezina Trophy, Campbell Bowl, Presidents' Trophy and a pair of Central Division titles in his career, but he's rather proud of his latest accolade too.

The goaltender, alongside Predators Captain Roman Josi - and with some help from celebrity chef Carla Hall - put forth a championship performance in the Friday Night Throwdown at the 2019 installment of the Music City Food + Wine festival.

"It's high, right on the top," Rinne quipped proudly when ranking his win among all the other honors. "It was fun, and it's actually funny when it's not your expertise or you're kind of out of your element. It's funny how good it feels even like a little win like that. Me and Jos we were pumped about it."

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Ford Ice Center Bellevue to Offer Wide Range of Hockey, Skating Programs

Grand Opening of Facility Set for Oct. 12; Entire Community Invited to Participate in Activities

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Two new sheets of ice have come to Nashville.

The grand opening of Ford Ice Center Bellevue will take place on Oct. 12, as the facility officially becomes the second of its kind in Middle Tennessee operated by the Nashville Predators.

"We can't wait to open this facility," Ford Ice Center General Manager Danny Butler said. "We're excited to have two more sheets of ice in Nashville, which will provide hockey players and figure skaters from all over the state and beyond further opportunities to do what they love. This project will be a huge benefit to Bellevue, West Nashville and the surrounding communities, and we're pleased to have the Predators logo at the forefront."

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Preds Fans Invited to Preseason Doubleheader Celebration on Monday

Nashville Hosts Florida for Annual Doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena; Fans Invited to Celebrate Return of Hockey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Monday is about to get a whole lot better.

Nashville Predators hockey is back, and with that comes a preseason doubleheader between the Preds and the Florida Panthers, set for this Monday, Sept. 16 at Bridgestone Arena. The doubleheader - with one game at 3:30 p.m. CT, the other at 7 p.m. - is an annual tradition between the Preds and Panthers, a perfect way for coaches and management to evaluate just about everyone in a game situation just a few days into training camp.

It's also the perfect way for Predators fans to celebrate the return of the game to Smashville.

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Preds Foundation Continues to Reach New Heights in Nashville Community

Foundation Distributed $2 Million Last Season for Those In Need

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Way back in 1998, those in the front office of the Nashville Predators were certain of a couple of things.

For one, they had the monumental task of introducing the game of hockey into a market that was largely foreign to the sport. There was a belief that the speed and excitement of the spectacle would eventually sell itself, but it would need some help to start.

Sure, fans would see the Preds in uniform during games flying around a frozen sheet of ice, but how do you market those individuals and let people get to know them without their helmets and padding obscuring the person behind the player?

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Predators Foundation to Host Weekend of Giving on Sept. 6 to 9

Foundation Aims to Exceed Single-Weekend Donation Record Set in 2018

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (August 29, 2019) - The Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub is hosting their Weekend of Giving from Friday, Sept. 6 to Monday, Sept. 9. Following the immense success of the first-ever Weekend of Giving held in 2018, the four-day, four-event weekend will raise funds for 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub and Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's.

Video: Preds and professional anglers make a side bet

Third Annual Bass Pro Shops Nashville Predators Fishing Tournament presented by '47, Guy Harvey & Mossy Oak

Friday, Sept. 6 - Saturday, Sept. 7 on Old Hickory Lake

Join Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, along with professional anglers Ott DeFoe (2019 Bassmaster Classic Champion), Timmy Horton, Mike McClelland and David Walker on Sept. 6 and 7 for the Third Annual Nashville Predators Fishing Tournament sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and Guy Harvey and benefiting the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily.

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Video: Take A Tour of Ford Ice Center Bellevue

See Inside Nashville's Newest Twin-Rink Facility, Set to Open This Fall

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

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It won't be long now.

Construction on a site a short drive just west of Nashville is entering the home stretch, and the finished product - Ford Ice Center Bellevue - will be open to the public in less than two months.

Slated for an Oct. 12 grand opening, the twin-rink facility located in Bellevue, Tennessee, is the second venue of its kind in Davidson County that will be operated by the Predators. Thanks to a public-private partnership between the Preds, the city of Nashville and the Metro Sports Authority, Ford Ice Center Bellevue is slated to join Ford Ice Center Antioch as another world-class facility in the Music City.

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Preds Bellevue Blog: Updates on Ford Ice Center Bellevue

Check Out Photos and Updates as Ford Ice Center Bellevue Tracks Toward Fall Opening

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

What was once a pile of dirt is transforming into brick and mortar - and soon enough, part of it will be frozen.

The renderings are coming to life as construction at Ford Ice Center Bellevue at One Bellevue Place continues to progress while leading up to the grand opening set for this fall.

Slated to house two sheets of ice, along with a slew of other amenities, the facility will undoubtedly do its part to help satisfy the demand for additional rinks in the Nashville area while helping to serve as a community staple.

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Preds Foundation Announces Presenting Partnership with Smile Direct Club

New SuperGrants for Middle Tennessee Nonprofits to Range from $25,000 to $100,000

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (August 15, 2019) - The Nashville Predators Foundation announced today a multi-year partnership with Nashville-based teledentistry pioneer SmileDirectClub. This groundbreaking naming partnership of a local professional sports team's community organization will allow the Preds Foundation to greatly expand upon the life-changing work that they have been committed to for over 20 years.

Through this partnership with SmileDirectClub, the Nashville Predators Foundation will introduce new SuperGrants, which will be awarded to Middle Tennessee community organizations to complete large-scale projects in support of education, health, and cultural needs across the state. The annual grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000 and will be awarded to several Tennessee-based organizations to further the empowerment of youths and their families during times of transition. The first SuperGrant will be awarded in the coming weeks.

"The mission of the Nashville Predators Foundation is to build meaningful, philanthropic partnerships within our community," said Predators Foundation Vice President Rebecca King. "In joining forces with SmileDirectClub, we have found the perfect partner who shares our passion for giving back. Through their significant investment into our community, together, we will have the opportunity to make an impact and create more smiles across Nashville and Middle Tennessee."

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Blog: Preds Staffers Serve with Soles4Souls in Colombia

Group of Predators Employees, Along With Soles4Souls, Donate Shoes, Give Back in Colombia

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Note: Throughout the week, a group of Predators employees will blog on their adventures in Colombia as they distribute thousands of shoes with Soles4Souls

July 15: 

An alarm prior to dawn led to sleepy eyes but eager hearts as Nashville Predators staff members arrived at the airport for their flight to South America.

After our connection in Miami, we landed in Cartagena, Colombia, and were greeted by our in-country partner, Christina. Christina, who leads Domino Volunteers - a group with the mission of bridging communities for more sustainable and impactful inter-cultural collaboration - connected us with all of the areas in Cartagena and its surrounding Colombian communities where we will be working throughout the week.

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