Three Nashville Jr. Predators Teams are Participating in the Toyota-USA Hockey Tier II National Championships This Week

Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 9:57 PM
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The Nashville Jr. Predators are in full force at the Toyota-USA Hockey Tier II National Championships. The Jr. Predators have representative teams at all three available age divisions, U18, U16 and U14. In all, 41 champions will be crowned at the youth, girls, sled, high school, junior, adult and women levels in 11 cities across the U.S. in the coming weeks.

The U18 Jr. Predators, coached by Ryan Lessnau and Ben Fehr, are in Hartford, CT. The team is coming off a Championship season in the Southern Youth Travel Hockey League.

The U16 Jr. Predators, coached by Scott Phillips and Derek Kimbro, are participating in Troy, MI. The squad enters the event as the #2 rated team in their twelve team division.

The U14 Jr. Predators, coached by Matthew Gardner, Tim Kovick and Bill Mueller, are playing in Charlotte, NC. The team is coming off a thirty win season with two tournament championships.

All three teams enter the National Championships poised for great things. To follow the National results of the Jr. Predators follow them on Facebook at will also provide live scoring, stats and standings from each of the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championship sites. Fans can follow all of the action from each tournament on Twitter, at both @USAHockey and @USAHNationals.

USA Hockey, in partnership with FASTHockey, is also providing live streaming coverage of the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships. Games are being offered on a pay-per-view basis. FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Users who want to watch one or more games must first sign up for a free account at Users can then buy game credits - a single game ranges from $7.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $5.99 (when 50 game credits are purchased). Game credits never expire and can be used to watch live games or access on-demand content.

The Nashville Jr. Preds is an AA travel program comprised of Nashville area youth – fielding 15 teams of more than 250 players from ages 8-and-under (8U) to 18-and-under (18U). It is the official youth hockey association associated with the Nashville Predators. Teams practice at both A-Game in Cool Springs and Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. The program is currently in its third year of existence. The League boasts a 2012 Silver-Stick winning Mite Major team and the 2012 USA Hockey Tier II 1A 12-and-under-champion Nashville Junior Predator ’99s. For more information on the Nashville Jr. Predators program visit

UPDATE: Saturday, April 6

The Nashville Jr. Predators U18, U16 and U14 teams have all qualified in the top 8 teams for the Quarterfinal matchups at their respective Toyota-USA Hockey Nationals.

The Jr. Predators U18 team posted two wins and one loss in the round robin play. They defeated the Oklahoma City Oil Kings and the Sno-King Thunderbirds and fell to the Davis County Golden Eagles. They will face off against the Houston Wild at 8:00AM on Saturday in the National Quarterfinals.

The Jr. Predators U16 went undefeated (3-0) through the round robin portion of the tournament. With wins over Charleston Jr. Stingrays, Casco Bay and Arizona Mission they have advanced to Quarterfinals to play the Spokane Jr. Chiefs at 10:15AM.

The Jr. Predators U14 won a crucial game this morning to finish the round robin with two wins and one loss. Today they came out victorious in a do-or-die game against South Dakota. With a win versus Utah Grizzles and a loss to Team Seattle earlier in the tournament they advance to face the Arizona Firebirds in the Quarterfinals at 10:15AM.

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