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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
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P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00