The Nashville Jr. Predators 16U AA team, the Nashville Jr. Predators Bantam AA team and the Brentwood Bruins are headed to the post-season, representing Tennessee at three different USA Hockey National level tournaments.
Coached by Scott Phillips, Paul Currie and George Barrett, the Jr. Predators 16U AA team will travel to the USA Hockey 16U Tier II tournament in Reston, Va., April 2-6 at Ashburn Ice House and Reston Skatequest.
The Jr. Preds Bantam AA squad, coached by James Perkin and Tony Wheeler, will represent Tennessee at the USA Hockey 14U Tier II National Championship in Hackensack, N.J., April 2-5.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for our players to play on the National stage against top competition,” Jamie Herrington, Jr. Preds Hockey Director said. “It will be a great experience and a lifelong memory for our players.”
The Bruins will head to Omaha, Neb., to represent the state of Tennessee at the 2014 Toyota USA Hockey High School National Championship Tournament. The tournament, held March 26-30, will feature more than 30 teams from across the United States. This is the fifth time the high school varsity level competition has been hosted; past champions have hailed from Illinois (twice), Colorado and California.
The Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey League (GNASH) began in the 1999-00 season, one year after the Nashville Predators arrived in Middle Tennessee. This season, GNASH was comprised of 18 schools that compete in three different tiers. Brentwood, who finished the 2013-14 season with a record of 13-4, is one of six schools that compete in the top tier of competition.
On Feb. 5, Brentwood battled Hendersonville to a 4-4 tie at the end of regulation in the GNASH Cup. Despite losing the game 5-4 in the shootout, the points gained in the tie were enough to put them at the top of the GNASH standings following the 2013-14 regular season. As regular season champions, the Bruins won the right to compete at the national level in Omaha.
“Based on how previous GNASH teams have done in this nationals tournament, Brentwood High is expected to do very well representing the state,” Sue Falls, GNASH President said.
For more information about the events above, visit nationals.usahockey.com. To follow along with either Jr. Preds squad, visit www.facebook.com/jrpreds. Fans interested in watching the Jr. Preds or Brentwood compete on the National level, should visit www.fasthockey.com.