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Photos: Nashville Predators Foundation Fishing Tournament

Austin Watson and Pro Bass Fisherman Ott DeFoe Help Make Inaugural Event Successful

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The inaugural Nashville Predators Foundation Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and Guy Harvey, saw 64 boats reel in a total of 128 fish last Saturday on Old Hickory Lake - a successful outing with help from a couple of pros.

Preds forward Austin Watson and Pro Bass Fisherman Ott DeFoe joined in on the fun, spending the day on the water with auction winners in the tournament. The top boats of the day brought in five fish that were eligible for the weigh-in at Bass Pro Shops at Opry Mills following the event. 

Fishermen Terry Mowell and Brian McIntyre won the tournament with five fish weighing-in at 14.06 pounds, receiving $2,500 from the Preds Foundation and $7,500 from the Bass Pro Rewards to total a $10,000 cash prize.

Full results from the tournament can be seen here. Enjoy the top shots of the day posted below:

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First Tennessee Brent Peterson Golf Classic, Preds Party on Sept. 11-12

Event Benefiting the Nashville Predators Foundation and the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's Highlighted by Comedian Nate Bargatze

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (August 11, 2017) - For the seventh consecutive year, the Nashville Predators Foundation and Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's will host the First Tennessee Brent Peterson Golf Classic and First Tennessee Petey's Preds Party to support the community work of both foundations. Held on Sept. 11 (Petey's Party) and Sept. 12 (Golf Classic), the events are highlighted by interaction with Nashville Predators players and alum and celebrities from around sports and entertainment.

The two-day event makes its debut at 6 p.m. Monday evening with the First Tennessee Petey's Preds Party at Bridgestone Arena, a party that includes an elegant dinner buffet, dessert, soda, beer and wine. Entertaining the crowd will be comedian Nate Bargatze. In addition, the evening's event will feature a world-class auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and premier autographed memorabilia from the sports and entertainment industry. 

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Unique Preds Programming Continues to Grow at Ford Ice Center

Adult Prospect Camp, Youth Hockey Leagues Provide Experience Unlike Any Other

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's been said age is just a number. When it comes to putting on a pair of skates at Ford Ice Center, that adage couldn't be more accurate.

As the facility's third birthday approaches, hockey programs available for youth and adults have never been more expansive. Demand to play the game continues to rise, undoubtedly thanks in part to the success of the local NHL franchise over the past few seasons, but also to the offerings the Predators have put in place for those who want to experience hockey for themselves.

With ice times often spanning 20 hours a day, seven days a week, opportunities are endless, no matter the participant's date of birth.

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Preds to Host Inaugural Fishing Tournament on Aug. 11-12

Fans Can Win Cash & Preds Prizes for Biggest Catch, Chance to Meet Current & Former Players

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators hockey will return soon enough, but in the meantime, casting a line could be a rewarding alternative.

The inaugural Nashville Predators Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops & Guy Harvey, will benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Foundation, while providing fans a unique opportunity to cast a line and score some cash and Preds swag.

"We feel that tournament fishing is a great platform for people to be competitive as well as have fun and raise monies to support great charities," Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World General Manager Jim Osborne said. "The excitement around the Nashville Predators and their awesome 2016-17 season is a springboard to educate people on all they do for the community through their Foundation. At Bass Pro Shops, the more we can do to get people in the outdoors and give back to our communities around our stores, the more excited we get, and the partnership is a great opportunity for us to promote tournament bass fishing, charitable giving and conservation, all wrapped into one focus."

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Preds President Speaks on Potential of Williamson County Facility

Sean Henry Believes Only Matter of Time Before Preds Help Bring Ice Sheets to Williamson County

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There has never been more passion for the game of hockey throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee - and it doesn't show signs of slowing down.

That fact isn't lost on those with influence in Williamson County, and Predators President and CEO Sean Henry hopes to help lead a push to bring a new facility, or perhaps even multiple venues - complete with sheets of ice - in the near future.

Henry took part in a panel discussion at Franklin Tomorrow's Breakfast with the Mayors event, alongside Tennessee Titans President Steve Underwood and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, among others. The future of sports in the county was the topic of interest with the formation of a Williamson County Sports Authority, seen as a necessity to begin planning for future facilities, including those with sheets of ice.

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Travel Blog: Preds, Soles4Souls Serve in Dominican Republic

Group of Predators Employees, Along With Soles4Souls, Donate Thousands of Shoes in Dominican Republic

by Various Authors @PredsNHL /

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

Day One:

After a filling breakfast of tropical fruits and pan dulce, our Soles 4 Souls team sorted through the shoes and toys for the three visits planned for today.

We were out the door by 8:30 a.m. and headed to our first destination in Maimon, about 25 minutes west of where we are staying in Sosua. The small village - just off the main road - looked like the spitting image of a local storefront. Its residents sat patiently in rows of plastic picnic chairs as they awaited our arrival. We prepared to serve 30 children, which quickly became 70, but our team was in high spirits and eager to give to this gracious community. Our team was divided up into stations of washing feet, finding the correct shoe size and running to find the perfect pair for each child.

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Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Awarded U.S. Figure Skating Grant

Academy Receives $2,000 Grant to Improve Programs at Ford Ice Center

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy has been named a recipient of a 2017-18 U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grant, one of six member clubs and programs to receive a $2,000 grant from U.S. Figure Skating.

The Academy, which is run out for Ford Ice Center by Olympic Gold Medalist and Nashville resident, Scott Hamilton, submitted one of 39 applications for a grant from the national governing body for figure skating in the United States.

According to U.S. Figure Skating, the Academy will utilize the grant to "expand available programming by developing a curriculum specially tailored to individuals with mental health disabilities and challenges such as autism and social anxiety disorder."

For more information on the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy and the other programs offered at Ford Ice Center, including youth and adult hockey schools, click here.

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Preds Prospects Share Smiles in Nashville on Community Day

All Across Music City, Future Preds Brighten Days of Young and Old

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL /

It's not all sticks and pucks at Predators Development Camp.

The team's annual Rookie Community Day presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee took place Wednesday afternoon as 34 prospects got out of the rink and ventured throughout the city of Nashville to snap some photos, sign some autographs and learn what it means to serve the community they may one day call home.

From Camp Widjiwagan to Cottage Cove, check out what the Preds prospects did to spread the Gold in Smashville.

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Preds Postseason Run Brings Over $50 Million in Economic Impact to City

Predators President, Nashville Mayor Give Thanks for Record Playoff Run

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

A run to the Stanley Cup Final can do wonders for a town, and while the Nashville Predators fell just short of a championship, the city of Nashville still had reason for a standing ovation on Thursday.

Predators President and CEO Sean Henry, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and President of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation Butch Spyridon were on hand at Bridgestone Arena to discuss the economic impact delivered by the deepest postseason run in franchise history - and the numbers were impressive.

Spyridon and his team estimate the overall economic impact from a record 11 home playoff games for the Preds exceeded $50 million, including $8 million for each game of the Stanley Cup Final.

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Mayor Barry Names Ryan Johansen Honorary Mayor of Nashville

Mayor Megan Barry Renames Fifth Avenue to Predators Way; Nissan Donates GT-R to Predators Foundation

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

He may not be able to currently serve his team on the ice, but Ryan Johansen was bestowed a different way to make an impact in Nashville prior to Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final.

Injured in the Western Conference Final and unable to play until next season, Johansen was named Honorary Mayor for the day by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry in conjunction with a proclamation of June 5, 2017, as Preds Pride Day across Music City.

Although he'd prefer to be preparing to face Pittsburgh in Game Four of the Final, serving as honorary mayor is decent alternative for the 24-year-old centerman.

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