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Preds Grant Wish, Sign Three-Year-Old Asher Collier to Contract

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee Participant Signs Two-Day, Priceless Deal with Predators

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Make-A-Wish: Asher Collier

Asher joins the Preds for team photo, practice

Three-year-old Asher Collier signs a two-day, priceless contract with the Predators and joins the team at practice and for the team photo

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Three-year-old Asher Collier made franchise history Monday morning as the youngest free-agent the Nashville Predators have ever signed, in partnership with the Preds Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

"I know you guys thought we were all done with the trade deadline being over, but we are not done, we've got our biggest signing left to go," Assistant General Manager Brian Poile said at Asher's signing. "He's going right on the first line - the JOFA line will now have another A added to it."

Collier, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and short bowel syndrome, has loved hockey and the Predators with all his heart since seeing the team sweep the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Preds Foundation Hosts Successful GnashVegas Casino Night

Predators Players, Coaches Join Fans to Play Casino Games, Raise Money for Foundation

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

The Nashville Predators came together for the Eighth GnashVegas Casino Night and Auction presented by King Jewelers on Thursday night, trying their hands at casino games, mingling with fans and raising more than $200,000 for the Preds Foundation in the process.

Trading the ice for a casino floor complete with poker stations, craps tables, blackjack and roulette and serving a variety of food and drinks from local vendors, Bridgestone Arena became the place to be in Nashville.

Around the floor, a silent auction benefiting the Foundation included items like signed jerseys, personalized player gift baskets, Preds memorabilia and more.

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Bonino, Preds Provide Local Veteran with New Wheelchair

Ford Military Salute Week Includes Surprise for Wounded Veteran

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Veteran Given New Wheelchair

Bonino, Preds give veteran all-terrain wheelchair

Nick Bonino and the Predators thank CW4 Stephen Schroeder for his service with a new all-terrain wheelchair

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Nick Bonino and the rest of the Nashville Predators saluted local wounded veteran Stephen Schroeder as part of the team's Ford Military Salute Week, inviting him and his family to Tuesday's morning skate. The Preds partnered with Soldier's Wish, a nonprofit that supports active duty military, veterans, and their families, to gift Schroeder a new all-terrain wheelchair.

Before being injured in a helicopter crash during training exercises near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Schroeder served as an Army Chief Warrant Officer in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After Tuesday's morning skate, Bonino led Schroeder and his family back to the Preds locker room. Waiting for him there was the rest of the team and the new wheelchair.

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Preds Bellevue Blog: Updates on Ford Ice Center Bellevue

Check Out Photos and Updates as the Ford Ice Center Bellevue Tracks Toward September 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 September.

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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Ford Enters Naming Rights Partnership for Ford Ice Center Bellevue

Facility Scheduled to Open in September; Preds and Ford Also Extend Ford Ice Center Antioch Naming Rights Five Years

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (March 5, 2019) - The Nashville Predators and Mid-South Ford Dealers announced Tuesday an agreement to name the new Predators rink development in West Davidson County, Ford Ice Center Bellevue, which is scheduled to open in September 2019. Additionally, the Predators and Ford announced that the naming rights of Ford Ice Center Antioch has been extended for five years.

"The environment we created at Ford Ice Center Antioch is something we are more proud of than any other initiative we've taken on," Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said. "We've broken down barriers and have grown youth hockey and skating of all ages, in part because of the support we've received from Ford for everything we've done. Extending our partnership with them into our newest facility in Bellevue is such a natural fit for both sides as we continue to build on the work we started five years ago. Our partnership with Ford, Mayor David Briley, Metro Councilwoman Sheri Weiner and Metro Councilman Dave Rosenberg helped make the Bellevue rink a possibility, and it has resulted in where we are today."

"The Mid-South Ford Dealers are very excited to extend our partnership with the Predators in Antioch and to name another Ford Ice Center in our community," Two Rivers Ford Owner John L. Barker said. "The success of Ford Ice Center Antioch has been a source of pride for our dealers. We believe deeply in valuable causes that better the places we live and work and are looking forward to watching hockey and recreational skating continue to grow under this partnership."

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Country Music Star Bentley, Preds Players Share Unique Nashville Bond

Predators Players Enjoy Relationship with Hockey Fan Dierks Bentley, Others in Country Music Industry in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

There's just something different about playing professional hockey in Nashville.

The Southern hospitality, favorable weather and raucous crowds all contribute to making Music City an incomparable destination for those who skate for the Predators.

Also, sometimes country-music superstar Dierks Bentley joins you on the ice at practice - or shows up at your house for a rendezvous.

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Preds Introduce New Office Dog, Smash

Three-Month-Old Rescue Becomes Newest Member of Predators Front Office

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The newest member of the Predators front office is also the most adorable.

Lord Banner of Smashville - a.k.a Smash - made his debut on Valentine's Day during a game stoppage alongside Duncan, the Preds original office dog.

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Ford Ice Center Programs, Sled Preds Help Young Boy Thrive on Ice

Eight-Year-Old Will Fowler Finds Passion in Sled Hockey with Help from Ford Ice Center Coaches

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Eight-year-old Will Fowler is like many boys his age. He loves sharks and dinosaurs, and digging in the dirt for fossils and rocks. He watches TV and admires his older brother.

Will loves to ice skate and play hockey as well, and doesn't let the congenital amyoplasia arthrogryposis that affects the muscles and joints in his lower body stop him from doing it.

"Will is fearless and indestructible. He is light and life and pure joy," Will's mother, Ashley Fowler, said. "He embodies what childhood should be. Every day is a blessing to him. He has one speed, and it's just go and he is going to squeeze every drop of life out of every day that he can get."

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NWHL All-Stars Inspire Daughters of Preds Broadcasters Mason, Gill

Serving as Honorary Coaches in NWHL All-Star Game, Chris Mason and Hal Gill Say Female Players Excellent Role Models for Own Daughters

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

NWHL All-Star Mic'd Up

Mason and Gill mic'd up for NWHL All-Star

Preds Broadcasters Chris Mason and Hal Gill are mic'd up as they coach in the NWHL All-Star Game

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Former Predators goaltender turned broadcaster Chris Mason had made previous attempts.

With 317 games played over the course of 13 NHL seasons as a netminder, Mason had reached the highest level of hockey possible, but his daughters, Quinn and Avery, weren't all that impressed.

But then, they stood behind the bench with their dad on Sunday afternoon as he coached Team Szabados at the National Women's Hockey League All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena.

And guess what?

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Women's Hockey Development On the Rise in Nashville

NWHL All-Star Weekend Shines Spotlight on Women's Hockey in Music City

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

As the NHL kicks off its annual Hockey Is For Everyone initiative in February, the Nashville Predators and Ford Ice Center are encouraging more girls and women to get out on the ice and play hockey.

Coming off a weekend full of events - from the attendance record-breaking NWHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena or the Black Girl Hockey Club meetup at Ford Ice Center - the time to promote women's hockey couldn't be more perfect.

Speaking after the game, NWHL All-Star team captain and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Lee Stecklein said she wants to continue to encourage girls to get involved in hockey.

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