With so many things going on in Smashville, we at nashvillepredators.com have decided to provide you, the fans, with a weekly recap of what has been going on down in Smashville.
Here you will find information on our community relations campaigns, youth hockey events, events at Bridgestone Arena and upcoming offers for our Smashville faithful.
Monday - Nov. 19
On Monday, the Nashville Predators goaltending coach Mitch Korn held a Fireside Chat at Bridgestone Arena. More than 125 goalies, from all different ages and skills levels, spent more than two hours learning the craft from one of the top goaltending coaches in the National Hockey League.
During the two-hour discussion, Mitch focused on introduction to the position and education on positioning, angles and fitness. The students really guided the lessons based on their active participation in the event. Mitch tried to listen to individual questions and issues and addressed them directly, rather than following a pre-determined lesson plan.
"Playing goal is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle," Korn said. "In order to understand what you are doing, you have to understand each individual piece to that puzzle. You have to know the shape, the position and the color, if you will. I feel I can contribute more off the ice because I have more tools – DVDs, Smartboards, etc. – and I can impact more players that I ever could on the ice. There are more than 100 people here – there is no way I could spend enough time with all of them if we were on the ice right now."
Mitch is entering his 15th season as the goaltending coach for the Predators and in his 22nd season in the NHL. He works with all netminders in the Nashville system, including those playing in Milwaukee (AHL), Cincinnati (ECHL), amateur leagues and Europe. Mitch has been instrumental in the careers of Pekka Rinne, Dominik Hasek and Tomas Vokoun.
Fireside Chats have been a staple of Mitch Korn's career as he began the tradition during his time with the Miami University (Ohio). He has recently traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Columbus, Ohio; and will soon travel to Florida to conduct more Fireside Chats with goaltenders.
Tuesday - Nov. 20
Each holiday season, the Nashville Predators organization takes a little extra time to reach out community members in need. On Tuesday, Preds personalities, coaches and staff delivered 40 turkeys and more than 1,000 pounds fixings to charity organizations across Middle Tennessee in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Associate Coach Peter Horachek visited the Wayne Reed Christain Childcare Center and the Lighthouse Christian School. Assistant Coach Lane Lambert and Assistant Equipment manager Jeff Camelio delivered holiday goodies to Nashville Inner City Ministries, while Hockey Operations Advisor Brent Peterson and Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good traveled to Community Childcare Center and My Friend's House in Franklin.
The Predators Broadcasting staff was also out-and-about on Tuesday, Pete Weber and Terry Crisp brought some holiday cheer to the kids at Cottage Cove, while Tom Callahan and Stu Grimson stopped by the Y.E.S. Lindsley Center.
Nashville Predators turkey deliveries are a long-standing team tradition, kicking off holiday outreach that has been a staple of the organization since before the inaugural season in 1998.
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Wednesday - Nov. 21
Just a week removed from the SmashMob event at A-Game Sportsplex, where the Nashville Predators surprised two peewee hockey teams with flash mob hockey game, the video of the event has now gone viral.
As of Wednesday morning, the video - posted on both Nashvillepredators.com and YouTube, has more than 102,000 combined views. Making it the most watched video in Nashville Predators web history.
Here is a link to all of the stories from the web about this moment in Preds history.
Thursday - Nov. 22
Happy Thanksgiving from the Nashville Predators!
The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena will be holding their Black Friday sale tomorrow between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call, click or visit for exclusive deals on Bridgestone Arena events, suites and Nashville Predators merchandise.
Friday - Nov. 23
It's Black Friday! The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena are holding their Black Friday sale between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today! Call, click or visit for exclusive deals on Bridgestone Arena events, suites and Nashville Predators merchandise.
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