Local Youth "Got Skills" at Nationals

Thursday, 07.03.2008 / 4:20 PM / Community
Nashville Predators
The fourth Annual “Ace’s Got Skills” program, supported by the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Nashville Predators and operated by RDW Marketing & Media, held its National Championships at the Walter A. Brown Arena Memorial Skating Pavilion in Boston on June 27-29. The event, featured over 130 boys and girls from across the country including 17 players representing the Nashville Predators.

2008 Ace Got Skills National Competition
With 17 players, the Nashville Predators has the best representation of participants from the Western Conference and overall for the 10 NHL teams represented. Western Conference competitions took place on Saturday, July 26, with the top scores in each skills advancing to the National Finals on Sunday, June 29 followed by the All-Star Game were all participants competed in an Eastern vs. Western game.

Modeled after the NHL’s popular All-Star SuperSkills Competition, the “Ace’s Got Skills” program gives players ages 9-12 the opportunity to test their skills in skating, puck handling, shooting, and goaltending categories. Back in February 2007, over 100 local youth hockey players competed in the Ace’s Got Skills Regional competition at Centennial Sportsplex hosted by the Nashville Predators. The top participants were then invited to the Ace’s Got Skills Nationals, held recently in Boston, MA on June 27-29, to represent the Nashville Predators and showcase the development of southeast hockey market.

The Ace’s Got Skills event was launched in memory of Garnet “Ace” Bailey. Ace was an 11-year veteran of the NHL and a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. On September 11, 2001, Ace was performing his duties as director of pro scouting for the Los Angeles Kings when his plane struck one of the World Trade Center Towers.

Below are the Nashville Predators representatives’ scores at Ace’s Got Skills 2008 Nationals. The Nashville Predators congratulate all participants at the local and national level and are proud to have taken home an impressive 10 individual awards: 6 National Champion; 2 National Finalist; 1 National Runner-up and 1 National Top Skills.

Fastest Skater
Taylor Saxon - Squirt House National Champion
Micheal Nodarse - Squirt Travel Western Conference 3rd Place
Nathaniel Chiarizzio - Peewee House National Finalist
Jake Malezis - Peewee Travel Western Conference 4th Place

Shot Accuracy
Andrew Washburn – Squirt House National Champion
Malcolm Cardwell – Squirt Travel Western Conference 5th Place
Andrew Smith – Peewee House National Champion
Braden Pichel – Peewee Travel Western Conference 3rd Place

Hardest Shot
Brendan Smith – Squirt House National Runner-up
Russel Morris – Squirt Travel Western Conference 5th Place
Andrew Smith – Peewee House National Champion
Jake Malezis – Peewee Travel Western Conference 5th Place

Shootout
Andrew Washburn – Squirt House National Finalist
Warren Preston – Squirt Travel Western Conference 3rd Place
Tyler Decker – Peewee House Western Conference 3rd Place
Jake Malezis – Peewee Travel Western Conference 4th Place

Goalie
Zachary Rogers – Squirt House Western Conference 3rd Place
Connor Smith – Squirt House Western Conference 4th Place
James Mainland – Squirt Travel National Champion
Tyler Rettke – Peewee House Western Conference 3rd Place
Teddy Bunton – Peewee Travel Western Conference 4th Place

Top Skills
James Mainland – Squirt National Goalie

For a complete of scores from the Nationals event, click here.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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