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Long-Time Preds Supporter To Make Smashville Debut This Spring

Tuesday, 02.7.2012 / 3:29 PM CT / Fan Zone
By Lindsay Rutledge  - Nashville Predators
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Long-Time Preds Supporter To Make Smashville Debut This Spring
Each year, scores of people cheer for their favorite team from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. They jump on bandwagons, display their allegiance with a tattoo, decorate rooms in team colors, or name their firstborn after a legend.

But others choose to support their team in a different way. For Holly Hoxeng, it means never going to a game. Hoxeng, who lives in Denver, Colorado, is a Nashville Predators full season ticket holder and has been for five seasons. But she’s never been to a Preds game.

Hoxeng’s story is one that begins with her love of country music and one of its biggest stars, Kathy Mattea, a two-time Grammy winner and Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year. Mattea performed in Colorado at Country in the Rockies, an annual fundraiser benefitting the Francis Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center here in Nashville. Hoxeng caught the show and became intrigued by Nashville.

Over time, Hoxeng would visit Nashville to see Mattea play live at the famous Bluebird Café or the Country Music Association Music Festival. She met new people, made new friends and found herself returning to Nashville many times over.

During one of those trips to Nashville, Hoxeng heard radio advertisements for the “Save the Preds” campaign following the 2006-07 NHL season. The organization was in danger of being sold and relocated outside of Nashville.

Hoxeng wanted to help and decided to purchase two tickets. Her decision helped Hoxeng support two causes – she helped keep the Preds in Nashville and she also supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, to which she donates her two season tickets each year.

The tickets that Hoxeng donates are offered to the families who are staying at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House, including outpatient kids and siblings.

Amy Anders, House Operations Coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville says of Hoxeng’s donation, “It really means so much to our House and our families. Caring for a critically ill child can be extremely stressful. Having an outlet like a Predators game can be just what our families need to take their mind off of a dire situation.”

On March 24, after years of support from nearly 1,200 miles away, Holly Hoxeng will attend her first Predators game ever.

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  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
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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
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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
 
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P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61