Local Youth "Got Skills" at Nationals

Thursday, 07.3.2008 / 3:20 PM CT / Community
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Local Youth \"Got Skills\" at Nationals
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.


SCHEDULE
 

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61