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Hockey Rules Program Brings Sport to Students

Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 3:04 PM CT / Features
By Alexis Tahara  - NashvillePredators.com (@AlexisTahara)
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Hockey Rules Program Brings Sport to Students

Children growing up in Middle Tennessee may not always have the opportunity to step on the ice as soon as they can walk, but the Nashville Predators Youth Hockey Department is trying their best to make sure Tennessee’s kids get a taste of hockey as soon as they step through a school’s doors.

“The Hockey Rules program allows the Nashville Predators to get out in the community and start teaching kids about the sport of hockey at an early age,” Predators Youth Hockey Director Andee Boiman said. “It’s exciting to see the kids faces as they get to try shooting the puck just like their favorite Preds players do.”

Hockey Rules, a free hockey education and interactive experience, introduced more than 5,000 elementary and middle school students (grades 1 through 6) at 45 different schools to the sport of hockey during the 2013-14 season. Using street hockey equipment donated by the NHL Street Program, Hockey Rules focuses on the basic fundamentals of the sport – stick handling, shooting and teamwork, and educates students on the rules of the game and the importance of fitness and athletic participation.

Preds staff members and special guests take students through a one-hour session that includes obstacle courses to teach stick handling, shooting at nets and a friendly scrimmage that allows students to use their new skills. Students are also given an opportunity to ask questions about hockey and the Nashville Predators.

“Our students loved their day with the Preds and the instructors were engaging, fun and well prepared,” Jean Young, Physical Education Teacher at Franklin Road Academy, said. “Our students learned about the history of the Predators organization, some Nashville fun facts and the sport of hockey. I’d recommend Hockey Rules to all PE classes; the program accomplishes much more than just physical activity.”

If you work at an elementary or middle school in the Greater Nashville Area and are interested in having Hockey Rules at your school, visit www.nashvillepredators.com/hockeyrules or call 615-770-2371.

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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
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4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
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11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
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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