A special send-off from the big guys: Nashville Jr. Predators to play in elite tournament

We are proud to share some exciting news about our 12U AAA team. Our talented bunch is set to embark on a thrilling journey to the Pee Wee Quebec International Tournament—an honor that reflects their dedication and skill on the ice.

The journey began with a heartwarming send-off from our local heroes, the Nashville Predators. Imagine the thrill as our Jr. Predators and their families were treated to a memorable morning at Bridgestone Arena, where they witnessed the Predators in action. The joy and excitement captured on video truly showcase the special moment shared between our aspiring stars and their NHL counterparts.

Program director JP Dumont aptly described the magnitude of this prestigious event. “Every country sends teams there,” Dumont emphasized. “It’s going to be over a hundred teams playing in that tournament.”

Having experienced this tournament himself during his youth, Dumont highlighted its significance. “It’s literally one of the biggest events for youth hockey in Canada,” he shared, underlining the honor bestowed upon our team.

Following an invigorating practice session, our Jr. Predators were in for a surprise as they entered the Lexus Lounge. A pep talk awaited them, accompanied by new jerseys and gear, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey ahead.

“It’s just a very exciting feeling that we get to go play in the big arena with the big crowds and stuff, and it’s an honor to do it,” remarked 12-year-old Austin Reigle, echoing the team’s enthusiasm.

With aspirations to shine on the international stage, players like Reigle and Blake Simpson are geared up for the challenge. Simpson expressed confidence, stating, “Always a little nervous, but we think we can hold our own against these big top teams in Canada so that it will be fun.”

The “Big Preds” support further fuels our Jr. Predators’ spirits. Several Nashville Predators players, including Dante Fabbro, reminisced about their experiences in the same tournament during their youth. Fabbro shared his well-wishes, recalling fond memories and emphasizing the rarity and excitement of such opportunities.

February holds the key to this extraordinary expedition as our Jr. Predators gear up for the tournament in Canada—an experience that promises to be once-in-a-lifetime.

The anticipation is palpable as our team eagerly prepares to represent Nashville internationally. Stay tuned for updates as our Jr. Predators make us proud in February!

Posted in