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Stick Kid for the Day Winners

Tuesday, 02.19.2008 / 12:26 PM CT / Fan Zone
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Stick Kid for the Day Winners
NashvillePredators.com would like to congratulate Codie K. and Paige P., winners of the Predators Stick Kid for a Day contest. Thank you to everyone who entered. We received many great essays from young Predators fans, including some from as far away as Boston, MA and Western Canada! It was a tough decision, but our panel of judges selected Codie's essay on Jordin Tootoo and Paige's essay on J.P. Dumont.

Codie and Paige will go to the morning skate practice with the Predators on Saturday (Feb. 23) and will also get four tickets to that night's game against the Dallas Stars.

Codie's Essay
I love the Nashville Predators. I have lots of favorite Predators players. My favorites are Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Jed Ortmeyer and Darcy Hordichuk, but my absolute favorite is Jordin Tootoo. I love him because he is what got me into hockey. I went to my first game a few seasons ago. I had fun, but didn't think that much about it. The next game I went to, Tootoo got into an awesome fight and BAM! I was a hockey lover!

I admire Jordin Tootoo because he is the first person of Inuit descent to play in the NHL. He has been through some hard times and a terrible family tragedy. I think it is awesome that he can still play and have such an great attitude. He is usually smiling and laughing when I see him in an interview, but he is very serious and intense on the ice. 

I love how he pays attention to all of his young fans, like me. One time when I was down at the glass watching the warmup, he saw the sign I had made for him. He skated by me and tapped at my sign with his stick. It was so cool. I felt so special. 

He has improved so much this year. I can't believe that he got hurt just when he got to start a few games. I have really missed him since his injury. He makes the games so exciting for me. I love hearing all the whistles when he comes out on to the ice. I blow mine even if I am just watching the game at home. 

I google his name for news clips and pictures almost everyday. I read in the Tennesseean that he might come back on February 16th. I won't get to see it, because it is not on TV, but you can bet I'll be sitting at our computer listening--blowing my whistle the whole time. 

I know that Jordin Tootoo has a long, successful career ahead of him. I am very happy about his two year contract extension with the Predators. He has made a lifelong fan out of me. I love Jordin Tootoo and I love the Nashville Predators!

--Codie K (Age 11)

Paige's Essay
My favorite Predators player is J.P. Dumont. He's my favorite player because he always is nice and throws pucks over to me. When I see him in town he always smiles and says hi to whoever he is talking to. He always is involved in the community because he bought a whole suite for kids to come see games. I was really scared when they said J.P. wasn't going to stay with the Preds. Luckily they said that he was going to stay at that time I was relieved.

I hope one day to meet him and thank him for my pucks. I have kept all of them for two years, though I did share some with my sister. I haven't got his signature yet but one day I hope to. My dad always goes down to look at the auction table and if there is something like a picture of J.P. he will bid on it. Some day hopefully I get his signature on my jersey. I am going to get my jersey specifically made with his name on it.

I like everyone on the team and I'm glad they are staying in Nashville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


--Paige P. (Age 10)





1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49


R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36