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Season Ticket Holder takes Laviolette’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 4:04 PM CT / Features
By Brooks Bratten  - NashvillePredators.com (@brooksbratten)
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Season Ticket Holder takes Laviolette\u2019s Ice Bucket Challenge

One of the first things that Peter Laviolette did as Predators head coach was partake in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In doing so, he in turn challenged the season ticket holders of Smashville.

One such member of the Loyal Legion accepted that challenge on Sunday afternoon, and the ice actually felt quite refreshing, considering his and the rest of his teammates’ attire.

Jay Kauflie plays for Phoenix of East Nashville, a member of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball. The game is authentic to the 1860s time period, right down to the rules, equipment (no gloves) and uniforms.

So considering the heat advisory that was in effect for the Nashville metro area and having just played for two hours in the sun, it wasn’t hard to find rationale to fulfill the bench boss’ request.

“Well after nine innings of playing Vintage Base Ball in this heat, it was refreshing,” the drenched Kauflie said. “It’s an interesting concept for the new head coach to reach out to the citizens of Smashville, and I enjoyed it.”

After Preds play-by-play man Pete Weber, sporting a vintage-style hat of his own, underhand tossed the ceremonial first pitch, Kauflie and his mates went for nine innings, ultimately coming up short in their efforts. However, the challenge turned out to be a more than welcome activity postgame.

Jay and his wife Sue have been season-ticket holders since 2009, when they relocated to Tennessee from the Philadelphia area. Once arriving in Nashville, it wasn’t long before the Predator fandom came along, and the couple was pleased to help support both the team and ALS research on the Bicentennial Capitol Mall.

“As far as the organization getting the ticket holders involved, it’s a sense of community,” Jay said. “I’m all about community.”

“I think it’s great,” Sue said of the Predators outreach. “They do a lot for the community and they really have a lot of people rallying around them. Usually when they call out for us to support them we always do, so we love it.”

Having been a Flyers fan growing up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Jay decided to pass the challenge along to former Flyer and current Predators Assistant Coach Kevin McCarthy.

Here are Jay and his teammates, accepting coach Laviolette’s challenge:

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