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Preds Salute Twin Brothers and Veterans

Withrow Brothers Served in U.S. Navy During 1960s and Were Honored During Preds Nightly Ceremony

by Veronica Behonick @PredsNHL /

Those in routine attendance of Nashville Predators games at Bridgestone Arena have come to celebrate a regular in-game tradition: the Ford Military Salute.

At the last television timeout of the second period of every contest, the Preds highlight a veteran or an active member of the military in attendance. For the honor, pictures of the serviceman or woman are shown on the megatron and a short biography of their service history is read for the more than 17,000 fans in attendance. The recognition concludes with the active member or veteran proudly displayed on the screen high above the ice alongside their family and friends in attendance.

It's a celebrated tradition during Preds games, with each instance being as unique as the last.

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Josi Teams Up with Best Buddies Tennessee

Defenseman Joins the Predators Foundation to Support Best Buddies

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Anneliese Barron doesn't want you to feel sorry for her. After all, that's the last emotion she would ever feel these days.

Before her son, Matthew, was born, she knew he was going to have Down syndrome. Armed with that information, she began to research what assistance might be available for Matthew in the years to come - what things could help to give him a life like all of his peers around him. Except nothing was bringing peace.

"There were lots of great programs, like learn how to read better, write better, ride a bike, and that all seemed great to me," Barron said. "But I thought, 'At the end of the day, does it really matter if he has no one to ride a bike with?'"

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Preds, KAHA Celebrate Debut of Knoxville Predators

More Than 400 People Gather in Knoxville to Celebrate Growth of Youth Hockey

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

On Saturday, the Nashville Predators celebrated a recent partnership with the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association, which continues the growth of the game in East Tennessee.

At the Cool Sports Home of the Icearium, the Preds debuted the "Knoxville Predators" brand, which will expand up the rapid growth the city's single rink has seen over the past year. The gathering of more than 400 people featured the KAHA presenting Preds Senior Vice President of Tickets, Premium Sales and Youth Hockey Nat Harden, Ford Ice Center General Manager Danny Butler and several youth participants with Knoxville Predators jerseys and a look ahead at the promising opportunities on the horizon for the region.

Since the Preds introduced their learn-to-play program, Little Preds: Learn to Play, to Knoxville in 2015, the Icearium has seen their youth hockey numbers rise to 200 players, a nearly 15 percent increase in attendance, and they're aiming for even more. KAHA President Scott Ingmand wants the program to reach 600 skaters by the year 2020 and for an additional ice sheet to be installed.

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Preds Spread Holiday Cheer in Nashville

Mike Ribeiro, Pekka Rinne Among Those Helping to Make Christmas Bright

by Brooks Bratten & Natalie Aronson @PredsNHL /

Between scoring goals and stopping pucks, the Nashville Predators have found time to spread holiday cheer over the past couple of weeks leading into the Christmas Break.

A number of players have stopped by Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to share smiles and visit with patients, while Mike Ribeiro and family hosted their annual holiday party at Bridgestone Arena to make the season special for those less fortunate.

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Preds, Celebrities Gather to Strike Out Cancer

Local Celebrities and Preds Personalities Give Back at Fifth Annual Preds & Pins

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson / Corporate Communications Coordinator

Thursday evening, the Nashville Predators hosted their Fifth Annual Preds & Pins Celebrity Bowling Tournament presented by UnitedHealthcare. More than 30 celebrities showed up to Hermitage Strike and Spare to support the cause and raise money for the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, which helps fund research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

With a goal to raise $30,000, fans and celebrities packed the bowling alley, eager to play a good game and help make a difference alongside some of Nashville's favorite locals. Television and radio personalities, Preds broadcasters and alumni, MLB players and Preds players, all came together to support the cause, many of whom have come year after year.

"The best thing with this event is the consistency of people that come annually," Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King said. "They enjoy it, and they ask in the summer when we are doing it. It's just pure, good fun and something that people look forward to participating in."

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Preds Wives, Girlfriends Serve to Fight Local Hunger

Group Kicks of Predators Service Period During the Holidays

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson / Corporate Communications Coordinator

On Wednesday morning, the significant others of Nashville Predators players, coaches, broadcasters and hockey operations staff piled into Second Harvest Food Bank with bags of canned and boxed food in their hands.

The women came to volunteer their time to stuff backpacks full of food for children in afterschool programs across Middle Tennessee.

Not only did they enter with 195 pounds of food - which feeds 162 people - they also packed bags for 750 students, meaning this group of 13 women fed 912 people in just two hours.

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KaBoom! Playground Build Holds Personal Significance

Preds Employee and Father Relish Gift of Preds Foundation

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson / Corporate Communications Coordinator

"We had a playground over to the left behind the church; just the asphalt we played and ran around on. It wasn't much, but we enjoyed what we had."

This was the playground at St. Mary Villa 45 years ago, and until Thursday morning, not much had changed to that description from an eighth-grade boy back in 1970.

That eighth grader grew up and stayed in West Nashville, where he and his wife raised their two sons, one of whom is Jeremy, the Front of House Coordinator for the Nashville Predators.

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Preds Share Smiles Throughout Nashville Community

Players Deliver Tickets and Spend Time with Fans of All Ages on Annual Community Day

by Brooks Bratten & Thomas Willis @PredsNHL /

Every Nashville Predators player, the team's staff and many of their fans set out into Middle Tennessee on Oct. 12 with the intention of leaving the community a little better off than they found it. Players and staff visited more than a dozen nonprofits, gave away tickets, and primarily tried to brighten the day of anyone they met.

Metro Police Ticket Delivery:

When a man entered a movie theater in Antioch - a few yards away from the Ford Ice Center - armed with a hatchet and pepper spray in August of 2015, officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department's South Precinct were the first on the scene, risking their lives to protect others.

So when the Nashville Predators wanted to donate four, full-season tickets, the precinct was a natural choice as a reward for the work the men and women did that day, and every day on their job.

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VIDEO: Preds Sign Thousands of Pieces of Memorabilia

Start of Season Tradition Benefits Nashville Predators Foundation

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis /

Another sign Opening Night of the 2016-17 season is right around the corner, Nashville Predators players gathered to sign more than 4,000 pieces of memorabilia prior to practice on Tuesday.

The tables, stacked high with sticks, jerseys, guitars and even bowling pins, stretched all the way down down the Event Level tunnel, starting at the Lexus Lounge and running to the zamboni entrance.

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Peterson Foundation, Preds Raise Parkinson's Funds

Brent Peterson Golf Classic, Petey's Preds Party Raise Funds, Awareness of Parkinson's Disease

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson /

"Where's Brent?" "Has anyone seen Brent?" "Is Brent over here? I just saw him."

These questions kept popping up at Vanderbilt Legends Club on Monday morning. At first glance of Preds Radio Color Analyst Brent Peterson and the way he zips around, never stopping, always on the go, you would have no idea he is a man who has been affected by Parkinson's Disease for 13 years.

A fun-loving guy who will always crack a joke, Peterson founded the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's as a way to raise awareness and help others affected by Parkinson's get out of their shell. Joking that golf was his only hobby, Monday's tournament was all about allowing people the opportunity to hopefully do the things they love again, just as he has. 

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