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Predators Award November Hockey Recognition to Penney of NYHL and Tudor of Youth, Inc.

Monday, 11.19.2007 / 9:53 AM CT / Community
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Predators Award November Hockey Recognition to Penney of NYHL and Tudor of Youth, Inc.
Patrick Penney (left) and Rob Tudor (right) receive their recognition awards at the Nov. 15 Predators home game against Chicago.
The Nashville Predators introduce the third season of a program to recognize players and volunteers in the Nashville area who demonstrate character skills that make youth hockey a better experience for all involved.  The Nashville Predators will recognize a Youth Hockey Player of the Month and a Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month each month during the 2007-08 regular hockey season.

During a ceremony held prior to the Nashville Predators’ Nov. 15 home game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Predators organization announced that Patrick Penney and Rob Tudor had been named Youth Hockey Player and Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month, respectively, for November.  Penney and Tudor were presented with a plaque recognizing their efforts on behalf of the Predators during the ceremony. The two were nominated and selected as part of a Predators hockey development initiative that will regularly recognize a player and volunteer in the Nashville area.

Penney, November Player of the Month, is 10, and plays forward for the Squirt Penguins team, which is part of the NYHL, that plays at Centennial Sportsplex   in Nashville.  Penney has been playing hockey since he was 5 years old; however he decided to try football out at age 8.  After two season of football, Penney traded in his football pads for hockey skates and is now entering his first season back in hockey.  A decision he made on his own.  The Penney family is no stranger to hockey.  Penney grew up in Nashville watching his dad, Wayne, in the penalty box at Predators games, not as a player, but as an NHL off-ice official.  Wayne has been an off-ice official for 10 years and credits exposing Penney at a young age to skating and attending Preds games piqued his son’s interest.

With as little as four hockey seasons in his hockey career, Penney embodies true sportsmanship.  Penney gives respect to players, coaches and referees, alike.  Whenever his team loses, Penney is the first to tip his hat off to the other team and never publicly shows his is discouraged.  Penney is viewed as a leader in the locker room and on the bench encouraging his teammates to focus on the game when they feel they were given a bad call by the refs. Wayne believes his son gravitates to hockey, because hockey players are a better class of athletes.  In addition to playing hockey, Penney also plays baseball and swims. 

At only 10 years old, this young hockey player demonstrates a character skill that makes hockey a better experience for all involved and for this the Nashville Predators have recognized Patrick Penney as the November Youth Hockey Player! 

The Nashville Predators are also proud to have named Rob Tudor as the November Youth Hockey Volunteer.  Tudor is the Head Coach for the 12-and-under Green Team of Youth, Inc., Inline Hockey League which plays at Bellevue Inline Hockey Rink.  Tudor is also involved with the NYHL as the Team Manager of the Peewee Penguins ice hockey team.

Raised as a basketball fan, Tudor took his 3-year-old son to his first Predators game and both “absolutely loved the sport.”  At age six, Tudors’ son began inline hockey.  On the first day of his sons’ inline practice, Tudor introduced himself to his son’s new coach and was asked if he could help out as an assistant.  From that day on, Tudor has volunteer coached more than six years of inline hockey.  Tudor cites the best part about his experience is that parents of his past players will come up to him to thank him for where their kids are today in hockey, because he coached them.

Tudor was nominated by Michelle Jasko, a parent of a player coached by Tudor.  According to Jasko, “Coach Rob encourages team spirit.  At the end of every game he sites each player with something special he has done to help win the game and makes sure the entire team acknowledges that effort.” 

Tudor takes pride in seeing a child succeed on and off the rink and plays the role of encourager and for this the Nashville Predators have recognized him the November Youth Hockey Volunteer! 

For more information on the Predators hockey recognition program, or to nominate a player, volunteer or team making a difference in a youth hockey community, visit Predators Hockey Recognition and nominate someone today!




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