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Predators Award March Hockey Recognition to Melin of Southern Ice Typhoons and Kovach of Hendersonville Inline Hockey Association

Monday, 03.17.2008 / 10:28 AM CT / Community
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Predators Award March Hockey Recognition to Melin of Southern Ice Typhoons and Kovach of Hendersonville Inline Hockey Association
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’ March 13 home game against the Los Angeles Kings, the Predators organization announced that Alex Melin and Scott Kovach were named Youth Hockey Player and Youth Hockey Volunteer of the Month, respectively, for March. Melin and Kovach 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.

Melin, March Player of the Month, is 12, and plays defense for the Peewee Typhoons, which is a part of Southern Ice Youth League at Southern Ice Arena in Franklin. Melin first began playing hockey five years ago. He started going to hockey games with his family when he lived in Florida, and when the family relocated to Nashville, they were excited the city had an NHL team! Melin attended Preds games, watched on television and got hooked on hockey.

With as little as five hockey seasons in his hockey career, Melin epitomizes the meaning of true youth leadership. On a week when several teammates were unable to play due to illness, Alex played even though he was still not yet recovered from his own illness. He told his father that he was not going to let his team lose the game and his efforts preserved a tie. Alex struggled for breath toward the end of the game, but used all of his remaining energy to diffuse a breakaway in the last 15 seconds of the game.

Melin was nominated by Typhoons Coach James Sligh. “Despite the teams’ record of 0-4-2, his team is still having fun and enjoying their time on the ice and in the locker room. Melin has helped our team remain positive about hockey, despite the fact that we have not won a game, and his efforts in practices and in games provides a good example to the other players”, said Coach Sligh and for this, the Nashville Predators have recognized Alex Melin as the March Youth Hockey Player!

The Nashville Predators are also proud to have named Scott Kovach as the March Youth Hockey Volunteer. Kovach is the coach for the Hawks, which are part of the Hendersonville Inline Hockey Association, which plays at Veterans Park in Hendersonville.

Kovach plays both roller and ice hockey. His son began playing hockey at age six, and Kovach has been coaching his son’s team now for four years. Kovach’s favorite part of being a coach is watching all the new kids learn. He also enjoys watching the veteran kids as they improve.

Kovach was nominated by Monica Pirkle, who is the mother of one of the kids he coaches. According to Mrs. Pirkle, Kovach shows a great deal of respect for each of his players. “Coach Kovach believes in the worth of each and every player. He is truly a positive example of a coach and he teaches kids to play as a team through their strengths and weakness” and for this, the Nashville Predators have recognized him as the March 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36