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Centennial High School Represents Tennessee at the 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships

Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:48 PM CT / News
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators
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Centennial High School Represents Tennessee at the 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships

The Centennial High School Cougars will play for the 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships this week in Coral Springs, Fla. In all, 41 champions will be crowned at the youth, girls, sled, high school, junior, adult and women levels in 11 cities across the U.S. in the coming weeks.

Centennial, the only team from Tennessee in the tournament, posted a 17-3-1 record during the regular season en route to winning the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey League (G.N.A.S.H.) regular-season title, becoming the first school to be crowned G.N.A.S.H. Champions four times. The Cougars fell to Ravenwood in the Preds Cup semi-finals earlier this month. Centennial will begin the tournament tonight against Omaha Jr. Lancers.

USAHockey.com will provide live scoring, stats and standings from each of the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championship sites. Fans can follow all of the action from each tournament on Twitter, at both @USAHockey and @USAHNationals.

USA Hockey, in partnership with FASTHockey, is also providing live streaming coverage of the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships. Games are being offered on a pay-per-view basis. FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Users who want to watch one or more games must first sign up for a free account at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com. Users can then buy game credits - a single game ranges from $7.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $5.99 (when 50 game credits are purchased). Game credits never expire and can be used to watch live games or access on-demand content.

During the 2012-13 season, G.N.A.S.H was comprised of 15 teams representing 22 Nashville-area schools. G.N.A.S.H. league started in 1999-00 season; one year after the Nashville Predators arrived in Middle Tennessee. For more information on G.N.A.S.H., please visit http://gnashockey.com/index.php.

NOTES: Michigan holds the distinction as home of the most USA Hockey national champions, boasting 115 programs that have captured a title. Massachusetts is second with 77 champions and Illinois has 29 champions.

Update (3/22/13):

After opening pool play on Wednesday, Centennial has come out on top of the Pool C bracket after posting seven points (2-0-0-1) in their first three games. Centennial fell to Fort Dorchester, S.C., in the shootout, 7-6, on Friday night, but still garnered enough points to advance in the tournament. The Cougars will take on the winner of Pool A on Saturday morning the Quarterfinals. 

Update (3/23/13):
The Centennial Cougars run at the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships as ended.  The Cougars were defeated by Santa Margarita, Calif., on Saturday morning, 5-2.  The Nashville Predators congratulate the Centennial Cougars on an outstanding season.

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