Predators Announce Launch Of FREE Youth Ice Hockey Program At Local Rinks
Register on-line for GET OUT AND LEARN! (G.O.A.L.!)

The Nashville Predators have announced the launching of GET OUT AND LEARN! (G.O.A.L.!), a free on-ice youth hockey program, hosted by the Predators in association with Centennial Sportsplex and Southern Ice Arena.  Designed for boys and girls (ages 4-9) with no prior skating or hockey experience, the four-week program will introduce the sport of ice hockey to kids while teaching the life experiences of teamwork, sportsmanship and self-confidence through athletic participation.

Full hockey equipment, including skate rental, is provided free of charge. Once the four-week session is complete, there are hockey programs available at both Centennial Sportsplex and Southern Ice Arena for continued development. 


Centennial Sportsplex  Southern Ice Arena
Sunday, Oct. 29 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 5:25-6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 5:25-6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.    Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5:25-6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.   Wednesday, Nov.15 from 5:25-6:15 p.m.

Parents can register on-line at

Space is limited to 45 participants at each rink. 

The Nashville Predators are dedicated to supporting the development of youth hockey at all levels and recognize the need for local skating facilities to be accessible for beginners to help to grow the sport.  For more information, contact the Predators’ youth and amateur hockey department at (615) 770-2372 or visit



If Center Ice Magazine publisher Don Olea realizes his dream, Nashville will be the site of what may be a one-of-a-kind hockey tournament at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Olea, who launched Center Ice Magazine in 2004, is laying the groundwork for an event that would draw the top 16 high school ice hockey teams from eight states across USA Hockey’s Southeastern District to the Music City next March.

Fifteen of them would be the champions of their high school leagues or districts; the 16th would be an at-large squad selected by the tournament’s organizing committee.

The event would be called the Center Ice Tournament of Champions. Up for grabs would be the Publisher’s Cup, provided by Olea and Center Ice Magazine.

The tournament, which would be held at Southern Ice in Franklin, Tenn., just outside Nashville, would most likely be scheduled for the weekend of March 23-25, 2007. That would sandwich it between the Southeastern District Tournament and USA Hockey Nationals, ensuring that all travel team players would be available to their high school teams.


The anticipated lineup for next year’s inaugural event includes these champions:
Alabama – Birmingham and Huntsville.
Georgia – Atlanta
Florida – Lightning and Panther divisions
Maryland – the two Public School Conference champions
North Carolina – Charlotte and Raleigh
South Carolina – Charleston
Tennesee – Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville
Virginia – the two NVSHL (Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League) conference champions
In the event one of the league or state champions is not available to compete, the runner-up will be invited. Each team in the Center Ice Tournament of Champions will be guaranteed three games.


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