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WKRN Anchor Bob Mueller Writes on Friendship with Brent Peterson, Predators Involvement in Community

by Bob Mueller @bobmuellerwkrn / WKRN News Anchor

It was inevitable Brent Peterson and I would become friends.

When he wasn't behind the bench as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators, there was a good chance he was finding a way to squeeze in a round of golf. When I'm not behind the anchor desk at WKRN here in Nashville, it's likely I'm doing the same.

When we were introduced way back in 1998, when the Preds were new in town, we became fast friends thanks to our shared love of the game of golf - and also hockey. I know what you're thinking: Even golf isn't usually enough to make hockey coaches friends with media members. But sometimes it becomes personal, and this became personal.

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Preds, Ford Ice Center Host All-Girls G.O.A.L! Session

Over 40 Skaters Participate in Organization's First-Ever Get Out And Learn Program for Girls

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It was just a few months ago when the National Women's Hockey League chose Nashville to host their 2019 All-Star Weekend.

By now, it's well known Music City is capable of hosting just about any event imaginable, but there was something different about the top female hockey players in the world skating on Bridgestone Arena ice back in February.

The faces on the other side of the glass - the young girls, sporting Predators and other youth hockey jerseys from programs around the country - cheering for their idols in that setting was unlike anything most of them had ever experienced.

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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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Off Ice With Ida & Julie Podcast Donates Funds to Second Harvest

Auction Items Generate $4,000 for Middle Tennessee Food Bank

by Emily Polanowicz @PredNHL /

As a Swedish sports broadcaster, Ida Björnstad was no stranger to the world of hockey when she met now-fiancé, Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Putting her career on hold, Björnstad moved to the United States to join Ekholm and start a family in Nashville.

Upon entering the inner-circle of Preds significant others, she quickly realized how many unique perspectives on life in the NHL were being overlooked. Joining forces with Julie Turris, wife of Predators center Kyle Turris, the two women set out to share these untold stories, and the podcast Off Ice With Ida & Julie was born.

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Preds Foundation Distributes Record-Breaking Sum to Local Charities

Foundation Gives 145 Grants Totaling $675,962 to Set Another Record in 2019

by Emily Polanowicz @PredsNHL /

2019 Preds Grant Presentation

Preds Foundation 2019 grant recipient ceremony

The Nashville Predators Foundation distributes more than $675,000 via 145 grants to Middle Tennessee recipients

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In a ceremonial check presentation held in Nissan Atrium at Bridgestone Arena, 145 Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community service and charitable organizations received grants from the Nashville Predators Foundation. The largest one-time donation in Foundation history, $675,962, was distributed, marking the 13th consecutive year that they have surpassed the previous year's donation.

"This is the greatest celebration of the year for the Predators Foundation," said Preds Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King. "This room is filled with the most giving and passionate people, who are working so hard for their organizations, and we're extremely proud to support their efforts."

Among the many in attendance was Tracy Kujawa, founder of grant-recipient Angel Heart Farm, which serves children battling life-threatening illnesses using equine assisted therapy. Fighting back tears, she spoke to the Foundation's support of their programs.

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Local Residents Come Together to Make Ford Ice Center Bellevue Reality

Second Predators Ice Center In Metro Nashville Comes as Hockey Popularity at All-Time High in Region

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Bellevue Becoming Hockey Town

Community plays role in Ford Ice Bellevue

Local residents came together to help make Ford Ice Center Bellevue a reality

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Long before the Predators went to the Stanley Cup Final, before Nashville hosted the best All-Star Weekend the NHL had ever seen, before Music City became just as comfortable being called a hockey city, the locals already wanted more of the game.

The 1998 expansion team, that went through the early growing pains, started to make the playoffs, and the popularity grew. It wasn't anywhere near back then what it's become, but for many, the allure was getting too strong.

No longer was being in the crowd or watching on television enough - they wanted to get on the ice themselves. There were opportunities in the Nashville area to do so, but those within the Predators front offices at 501 Broadway knew they could do more to grow the game.

They had to do more.

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Preds Name Rinne Nominee for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Nashville Goaltender One of 31 Finalists for Annual Honor

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL /

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been tapped as the team's nominee for the 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, an award recognizing "the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

While the Preds squad certainly overflows with potential nominees year after year, Rinne's work with the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund made him the clear choice for the 2018-19 season.

Launched during the 2013-14 season, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily is an initiative from the Nashville Predators Foundation and Rinne that works with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

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Photos: Spring 2019 Hockey & Heels

Ida & Julie Host More Than 100 Women at Annual Event Presented by Hermitage Lighting

by Ali Birchfield @PredsNHL /

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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 /

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 /

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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