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Hamilton Thrilled as U.S. Figure Skating Holds Major Event in Nashville

Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton Pleased to See Ford Ice Center Host Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Never in Scott Hamilton's wildest dreams did he imagine Ford Ice Center would host a U.S. Figure Skating Regional Championship event, let alone just three years into the facility's existence.

But for a man who made a career out of dreaming big, it was a no-brainer to accept when the president of U.S. Figure Skating made the trip to Ford Ice last summer and told Hamilton that a regional event was a must in Antioch, Tennessee.

So, on Friday afternoon, standing next to his Gold Medal won at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hamilton looked around at the hundreds of young figure skaters competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships with the same dreams he once had and couldn't help but smile.

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Preds Honored by Nashville YWCA

Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) Present Predators with Annual Corporate Award

by AJ Mazzolini @PredsNHL /

While the guys were taking care of business in Philadelphia on the road, the Nashville Predators were being honored by the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee for their community work at home.

The 2017 Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) presented the Predators organization with its annual corporate award Thursday. With the Preds out of town playing the Flyers, Tracey Henry and Kristen Laviolette - the wives of Predators CEO and President Sean Henry and head coach Peter Laviolette - were among those present to accept the award.

"This is a personal, a business and a community achievement," began Tracey Henry. "It's really emotional and humbling to be part of all those at the same time. We're proud to represent the Predators tonight."

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Nissan 'Predzilla' GT-R Brings $113,000 for Predators Foundation

Auction Winners Make Largest Donation to Preds Foundation to Date for Unique Car

by Keely Ninness @PredsNHL /

David and Hiliary Whitt will be celebrating their anniversary in Predators style.

Married for 25 years, the couple commemorated their anniversary with the custom-painted Nissan "Predzilla" GT-R. With a winning bid of $113,000, the couple receives not only the one-of-a-kind car, but also the opportunity to donate to the Nashville Predators Foundation.

Originally from Brentwood, Tennessee, the couple excitedly followed the Predators all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. After moving to Richmond, Virginia, the Whitts continued to cheer on the team when they heard about the unique auction opportunity.

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Subban Aims to Set Positive Tone in Community with Blueline Buddies

Nashville Defenseman Wants to Make a Difference, Bring Law Enforcement and Youth Together

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

P.K. Subban knows one night at the rink isn't going to change the feelings throughout an entire country. One gesture of kindness won't end the division, one handshake won't slice through the tension.

But what the superstar defenseman does know is that those gestures, those handshakes, those nights at a hockey game are a darn good start.

During every Nashville Predators home game this season, Subban will host his new P.K.'s Blueline Buddies program, bringing together a member of the Metro Nashville Police Department and their guest with a mentor or representative from a local organization and an underprivileged youth.

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Preds Serve Throughout Nashville During Annual Community Days

Entire Predators Roster Visits Locations Across Nashville to Make a Difference

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL /

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.

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Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 3

Nashville Sets Opening Night Roster; Watson and Teammates Donate Suits for Good Cause

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It wasn't perfect, but nothing at this time of the year ever really is.

Of course, the Predators would have preferred a different outcome as they concluded their preseason schedule with losses to Columbus (4-3, SO) and Tampa Bay (3-2, OT), but there was still plenty that was learned about the group and each other.

So, when the 2017-18 regular season begins for the Preds on Thursday night in Boston, they'll put their newly acquired knowledge to the test in the form of power plays and penalty kills, forechecks and zone coverages, all with the goal of starting out with a single victory.

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Preds Honored by Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Spirit of the Chamber Award Presented to the Predators for Representing Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds Pride was on full display at a ceremony held inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday evening as the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce honored the entire Nashville Predators organization with its prestigious Spirit of the Chamber Award.

From the script read during the award's introduction: "The Spirit of the Chamber Award was chosen by Chamber leadership as an entity that embodied not only the spirit of the Chamber, but the spirit of our region. They need no introduction as everyone in this room knows them and loves them.

"There is no entity more deserving of this year's Spirit of the Chamber Award. The Nashville Predators showed tremendous heart, and it spilled over into our region."

Members of the Preds organization, including Chairman, Governor & Owner Tom Cigarran and President and CEO Sean Henry, as well as GNASH, were on hand to accept the award and in turn thank the Chamber for their tremendous support for the team all season long.

Video: Preds honored by the Chamber of Commerce

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Rinne, 365 Fund Present Check to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital

Preds Goaltender, Twice Daily Support 365 Fund in Annual Donation

by AJ Mazzolini /

The title of the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily signifies that no day in the calendar is less important than the rest when it comes to raising money for medical research.

But one day sure is a lot more fun.

On Wednesday, inside the Ryan Seacrest Studios, the Nashville Predators presented a check for $442,365.17 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, surpassing last year's record donation by more than $15,000. The Predators have donated nearly $1.5 million to the Children's Hospital dating back to 2010.

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Preds Named One of Nashville Business Journal's Fast 50

Three Years of Continued Growth Help Predators Into City's Top 20 Companies

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators have been named one of Nashville's 50 fastest growing private companies by the Nashville Business Journal, ranking 20th overall in the city.

The organization was presented with the honor at the Nashville Business Journal's Fast 50 Luncheon at the Omni Hotel on Friday afternoon after experiencing a 63 percent revenue growth over the past three years.

The Preds have seen record numbers on and off the ice, including last spring's run to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. Every Predators home game at Bridgestone Arena was sold out last season for the first time in club history, and including regular and postseason numbers, the streak currently sits at 61 consecutive sellouts. 

The best way for fans to see the Preds live in Smashville is to become a Season-Ticket Citizen. For more information on Predators season tickets, click here.

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Preds, Red Cross Encourage Fans to Donate Blood on Sept. 30

Free Predators T-shirt and Sport Clips Haircut Coupon for All Donors

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville (Sept. 15, 2017) - The American Red Cross and the Nashville Predators are calling all of Smashville to roll up a sleeve to help patients in need by giving blood during the preseason matchup between the Preds and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Ninth Annual Nashville Predators Blood Drive will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. (CT) at Bridgestone Arena, in the Corporate Reception Room, 501 Broadway in Nashville.

"The Nashville Predators are excited to continue our partnership with the Red Cross by hosting a blood drive during our preseason game," said Rebecca King, Senior Director of Community Relations. "The need for blood is constant and partnering with Red Cross allows us to give back directly to our Nashville community by increasing supplies at local blood banks, while championing the Smashville community to do their part as well."

All presenting donors will receive a free commemorative Predators T-shirt, while supplies last, and a coupon for a free Sport Clips haircut via email several days after their donation. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

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