Predators, assistant coach combine charity golf events

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 8:56pm
Staff reports

In this case, two is not better than one.

The Nashville Predators Foundation and Predators Assistant Coach Brent Peterson announced Wednesday that they have combined their charity golf tournaments.

The Nashville Predators/Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic will take place Sept. 9 at Vanderbilt Legends Club and will feature morning and afternoon flights. Petey’s Preds Party, a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment event, will be held Sept. 8.

Both the Nashville Predators Foundation and Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s will benefit from the two days of activities.

Golf packages begin at $650 per individual, which includes a ticket to the party on Friday. Party-only tickets are available for $75. Group packages to both events also are available.

Complete information is available at nashvillepredators.com/golf and petersonforparkinsons.org.

First Tennessee Bank, Franklin American Mortgage and Peak Performance will serve as title sponsors for the golf tournament.
 
“For the first time ever, we are combining the Nashville Predators Golf Tournament and my annual Golf Classic to create a fantastic two day event which benefits two worthy causes in the Nashville Predators Foundation and the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s,” Peterson said in a release announcing the event. “Not only will this event feature dinner, drinks, entertainment, an extensive auction and a full day at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, it also gives attendees the opportunity to mingle with Nashville Predators players and other exciting celebrities.”

Peterson, an original member of the Nashville coaching staff, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. Late in the 2010-11 season, he was told by doctors not to go on the ice for practices due to the progression of the disease.

Franchise officials have said a new role will be developed for Peterson for the coming seasons and a replacement will be hired for him on the staff.

“It takes a big person to be able to handle a disease like Parkinson’s, and Brent has never once wanted anyone to feel sorry for him,” General Manager David Poile said. “He’s the first person to poke fun at himself — always ready with a joke on days when his shaking or shuffling is more prominent.

“We are privileged to have Brent stay with the team as an important member of the Hockey Operations staff, serving as a voice of reason for Head Coach  Barry Trotz and myself. He will also have a role on the business side of the organization and will soon begin having more interaction with fans and business partners.”