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Preds to Host Military Appreciation Week

Presented by Ford, Predators Will Honor the Military During Upcoming Home Stand

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The freedoms we enjoy as Americans - like cheering on the Nashville Predators - wouldn't be possible without the men and women of the United States military. Now, it's time to say thanks.

The Preds will host Military Appreciation Week, presented by Ford, over the coming days, to honor those who sacrifice to protect the nation, and it begins Saturday with a special broadcast on Fox Sports Tennessee as the Preds take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. A military theme will include a message from Head Coach Peter Laviolette, and it all leads into a one-of-a-kind week at Bridgestone Arena as the team returns for a three-game home stand.

When the Predators host Arizona this Monday, Calgary on Thursday and San Jose on Saturday, all fans will first be greeted by U.S. Armed Forces vehicles on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza on display for viewing. Upon entry into the Arena, all fans will receive miniature U.S. flags so each patron can participate in the patriotic display.

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Preds, Partners Surprise Local Family a New Car

Biana Family is Given a new Nissan Quest During Emotional, In-Arena Ceremony

by Veronica Behonick @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Preds Give Van to Family in Need

Preds surprise Tarantola family with new Nissan van

The Preds, in partnership with Dollar Club, Cross Point Church, Cottage Cove and Sonic Automotive, give the Tarantola family a new van

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March 13 was an unforgettable evening for Bianca Tarantola and her family at Bridgestone Arena, as the Nashville Predators hosted the Winnipeg Jets.

The Preds partnered with local organizations Cottage Cove, Sonic Automotive and Cross Point Church's Dollar Club to lend a helping hand for the Tarantolas. The family's story of struggle, perseverance and faith was told over the course of the game in multiple installments of short videos during television timeouts. Fans inside the arena witnessed the feature closing during the third period with the presentation of a life-changing gift: a Nissan Quest van.

After the reveal, Tarantola and her family saw their new vehicle on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, gorgeously displayed with a bright red bow on the hood. Departing fans and spectators who were filing out of the building stopped, congratulated and wished her the best.

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Preds Offer Unique Wine and Food Pairing Experience

The 12th Annual Wine Festival & Tasting Comes on March 31 and Benefits Preds Foundation

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson / NashvillePredators.com

When the typical wine connoisseur envisions an experience to sample wines, a quaint room inside a winery may come to mind; or the view of an expansive central California vineyard; possibly even a dinner party with close friends - not inside an ice hockey rink.

The Nashville Predators are hosting their 12th Annual Wine Festival & Tasting on Friday, March 31, and not only will guests be sampling wine and hors d'oeuvre inside a hockey rink, they will be doing so on a floor atop the NHL club's home ice inside Bridgestone Arena. It is literally the "coolest" wine festival in town.

"As one of the drivers for the Nashville Predators Foundation's annual grants program, this event helps guarantee that in six-weeks' time we will be distributing $500,000 to the Middle Tennessee community, as our largest one-time allocation," Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King said.

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GnashVegas Hits the Jackpot

Seventh Annual Event Raises $200,000 for the Nashville Predators Foundation

by Veronica Behonick @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

On Sunday night, Bridgestone Arena played host to one of the most dazzling events of the year: the seventh annual GnashVegas Casino Night & Auction, presented by King Jewelers.

With the help of all those in attendance, GnashVegas raised $200,000 - a whopping $50,000 more than the previous year - with all proceeds benefiting the Nashville Predators Foundation.

For the evening, the arena floor was converted into a lively casino, complete with poker stations, craps tables, line dancing, food, drinks and music. The event also featured a silent auction, which included rare hockey items, such as signed jerseys from teams around the League, as well as one-of-a-kind trips, ticket packages and experiences.

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Preds Excited to Grow Hockey with Bellevue Facility

Two New Sheets of Ice in Bellevue Will Allow Even More to Learn to Skate and Play Hockey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

When the Nashville Predators teamed up with the Metro Nashville government to open Ford Ice Center in September of 2014, there was a vision.

The hope was the facility would not only revitalize the Antioch, Tennessee, community, but also grow the game of ice hockey to numbers never seen before in Middle Tennessee. Over two years have passed since the ribbon was cut and the first skate blade hit the ice, and those visions have become reality - and then some.

Now, it's time to do it again.

The Predators and Metro are heading to western Davidson County, this time to the town of Bellevue, to open a brand new ice center and add two more sheets of ice to the city of Nashville.

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Preds Announce Development of New Rink in Bellevue

Two-Sheet Ice Rink will Call One Bellevue Place Home

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (March 2, 2017) - The Nashville Predators on Thursday, March 2, announced the development of a new ice rink at One Bellevue Place. This the second location the Preds have created to grow the sport of hockey through Middle Tennessee, the first being Ford Ice Center in Antioch. The Predators are now involved in three of Nashville's biggest recreational operations in Ford Ice Center, Centennial Sportsplex, and now Bellevue.

Thursday's announcement featured a lineup of notable speakers who have contributed to the development of the project, including Mayor Megan Barry, Predators President and CEO Sean Henry, District 22 Council Member Sheri Weiner, Managing Partner with Crosland Southeast Tim Sittema, Nashville Parks Director Tommy Lynch, Sports Authority Chairperson Kim Adkins and Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton.

"The hockey facility and the regional community center we plan to build will make One Bellevue Place an even more attractive development for Bellevue, Nashville and Middle Tennessee," Mayor Megan Barry said. "They'll bring a better quality of life, more economic activity and more tax revenue to help pay for services and infrastructure. Metro is fortunate to have such a strong partnership with the Predators, who consistently think big about how we can work together to make our community even better."

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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 / NashvillePredators.com

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 / NashvillePredators.com

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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