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Surprise! Predators’ “Smashmob” thrills youth hockey teams with NHL-like experience

Nov 20, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

It’s easy to get jaded by how things are going with the lockout. Wealthy owners bickering with wealthy players over how to divide up a multi-billion dollar pie of revenues.

The Nashville Predators decided to show a youth hockey team in the Nashville area that hockey doesn’t stop just because the NHL is on a break.

Under the guise of hosting a pizza party for the youngsters, members of the Predators showed up en masse to give them the thrill of a lifetime.

Led by head coach Barry Trotz, the team brought a virtual army with them featuring the team’s PA announcer Paul McCann, their radio team of Tom Callahan and Stu Grimson, the team’s Ice Girls, and mascot Gnash to give the kids a moment they’ll never forget. Check out the video here:

If this doesn’t make you feel good for the kids and their families to have an experience like this, you might just be related to Ebenezer Scrooge.

  1. scionofflame - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    As a guy who was there, this was an awesome thing for the kids. The reporters and bloggers that showed up even gave the kids their first ‘media scrum’ after the game. Was a really cool experience.

  2. mpg44 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    This should be a required video for all the players. I think they are so caught up in the future of the game , that they forgot about the present and more importantly …. The past. These kids will remember this for the rest of their lives. They will forever be bonded as teammates . Not because of fame or money or skill …. But for heart ! Tons of heart! What is the only requirement to play the game !

  3. joeyashwi - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Great story! It’s things like this that players do that goes above and beyond their contracts what is expected of them. It’s a nice reminder that without the players, the NHL doesn’t exist. Are any of the owners or Bettman doing anything like this?

    • mpg44 - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      It was done by the team not any of the players.

      • tatdue - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

        @mpg44/joeyashwi – Don’t get me wrong here guys but I think that you need some perspective…..Personally I think these kids had blast and the people that did all this are very cool for spending there time doing it, but the stuff about “They will forever be bonded as teammates” and “This should be a required video for all the players” is a bit thick! Although this was a PR stunt it was not put on by the NHL or NHLPA! This was done by the Preds organization so that people don’t forget they have a hockey team and also to give a bunch of kids a great day…..Why do you have to take a story as nice and as cool as this one and try and turn it into lock out propaganda…..just give it a rest….

  4. blomfeld - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Pure Quality !

    Another testament to the “decency” which still exists amongst us humans. Great job Predators ! And man do you guys ever have some nice looking cheerleaders, eh ? :) Which begs the question … why except for Edmonton, don’t we Canadian cities have hot cheerleaders like all the American teams seem to have ? I seriously don’t get that ?

    • windmiller4 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Only you wouldn’t have the “Decency” to talk about Cheerleaders on a post like this. While everybody is saying how nice it is to see the Preds doing this for youth hockey, and you start talking about their godddamn Cheerleaders. Then again i think this is what weve all come to expect from the MegaDouche known as Blomfeld

  5. lordfletcher - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    good video and story but I 100% clicked on this article and watched it just to see the girls.

  6. xaf605 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Great job nashville predators this can only inspire the kids even more class act!

  7. sjsharks66 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    This is great, should happen more often!

  8. Eberwizzle - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Great story

  9. id4joey - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Wow! Nice to see some civility in the story/video, and here on PHT. Is this the first ever article that rec’d only positive comments? Joe, you must have enjoyed writing this article. Thanks!

  10. husky2score - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    I saw this on another website and it absolutely gave me the chills. What a cool experience. I wish somebody would show this to the owners.

  11. antkowiak666 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    that was awesome!!

  12. joeyashwi - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    It really is a great story. Wasn’t trying to make it less than that. I was just making the point that things like this usually go unnoticed in the grand scheme of things even though teams and players do them often. Kudos to the Preds.

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