-Partnership will continue to grow hockey throughout Tennessee –
Nashville, Tenn. (January 10, 2017) – The Nashville Predators have announced a partnership with Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association. This new relationship, which includes the addition of the Little Preds Learn-To-Play Program, will continue to grow the sport of hockey across Tennessee. During the 2015-16 season, overall youth participation grew by 200 players or 14.7 percent under the Predators Youth Hockey umbrella.
“We are excited to support KAHA and their desire to grow hockey in East Tennessee,” Senior Vice President of Tickets, Premium Sales and Youth Hockey Nat Harden said. “This gives us the opportunity to introduce the Predators brand and create new fans while expanding our reach outside of Middle Tennessee.”
“I have been part of the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association for over 15 years, watching the program grow and provide an awesome opportunity for the youth of East Tennessee,” KAHA President Scott Ingmand said. “Being able to partner with a National Hockey League team will certainly drive even greater interest in KAHA and youth hockey in East Tennessee and toward our goal of growing the program to 600 skaters by 2020 and driving demand on our current ice availability so an additional sheet of ice can be considered at the Cool Sports facility, our home rink.”
“Just in the past eight months, KAHA has been able to introduce hockey to almost 150 skaters via the Little Preds Learn-To-Play Program,” Cool Sports Hockey Director KJ Voorhees said. “Because of the incredible exposure that the Nashville Predators have in East Tennessee, KAHA will now be able to leverage the Predators brand to continue to grow hockey in Knoxville. The Predators are a first-class organization and the opportunity for us to work together to grow hockey in Knoxville is simply amazing.”
About Nashville Predators Youth Hockey
The Nashville Predators are dedicated to enhancing awareness and creating opportunities for youth hockey in Middle Tennessee and Ford Ice Center, in Antioch, Tennessee. Through partnerships with local rinks and youth hockey associations, the Preds assist with fundraising, hockey education and additional ice time to promote growth of the sport at the grassroots level. Additionally, the Predators regularly provide clinics for coaches and players, ice time at Bridgestone Arena, funding for uniforms and learn-to-play programs. For more information on the Preds youth hockey initiatives, visit www.nashvillepredators.com/youthhockey.