Top Golf, Youth Villages:
Strolling into the Top Golf event with Youth Villages, the three Preds players slipped their jerseys over their heads and each chose a bay. Shaking everyone's hand and introducing themselves, Miikka Salomaki, Craig Smith and Austin Watson instantly seemed comfortable with their new friends.
Across three golf bays were boys from Youth Villages - a local, private nonprofit dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully - eager to enjoy an afternoon with their friends, new and old.
"It's nice to see some smiles," Craig Smith said, as he handed his club off to one of his golf partners, who just minutes earlier had been in cahoots with Smith as they tried aiming for the golf cart patrolling the range.