Predators scramble to bring some type of hockey to Bridgestone

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 1:37pm

At least it’s something.

That’s the approach of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, who announced Tuesday that they would host a preseason game between the Knoxville Ice Bears and Huntsville Havoc as part of a day of hockey related activities Oct. 20.

The Predators were supposed to conclude a stretch of four straight home games that day, but the NHL canceled the first two weeks of the regular season last Thursday because of the current labor situation. Owners imposed a lockout of players on Sept. 15, when the collective bargaining agreement expired. As a result, training camps never opened and the entire NHL preseason was canceled.

The sides were scheduled to conduct negotiations on minor issues Tuesday and Wednesday, but no substantive progress toward a resolution has been made.

“Bringing an Ice Bears game to Bridgestone Arena is another way to give back to our season ticketholders and engage our partners,” Predators executive vice president of sales Chris Parker said. “Their rivalry with Huntsville is the perfect centerpiece for a great Saturday full of hockey in Nashville.”

The teams compete in the Southern Professional Hockey League, a lower-level minor league with nine franchises primarily in the southeast that begins its regular season Oct. 26.

The contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. Prior to that, the Predators will host an adult skils developmental clinic at 1:30 p.m. and a Vanderbilt University alumni game at 4 p.m. Hockey is a club sport at Vanderbilt.

Cost of the clinic, limited to 30 skaters and four goalies, is $50 per participant and includes a 90-minute on-ice session, two tickets to a weeknight home game (assuming the season starts) and a tour of the locker room.

Tickets to the hockey games are free for Predators season ticket holders and $10.25 (one ticket is good for both games) for the general public.

4 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 10/9/12 at 2:53

Sigh, this season isn't going to happen

By: gid on 10/9/12 at 2:55

Sadly, I have to agree with you JeffF. This lockout maybe my last, my $$ can go elsewhere

By: sharko20 on 10/10/12 at 11:29

I was already annoyed with the way the Suter and Weber deals turned out. Getting nothing in return for Suter and paying Weber that gigantic contract when I think he really doesn't want to play for the Preds.

Will not leave my money with team this time if the season is cancelled. The owners and players arguing over money at a time when 23 mil people are out of work, people still losing their homes and college grads like my kid that can't find a job in their field is unacceptable.

Have to cut somewhere anyway thanks to Karl Dean raising my prop. tax 13 percent.
Might as well be Preds tickets.

By: sharko20 on 10/10/12 at 11:34

I would add about Shea Weber. He comes across as a snarly and unfriendly guy. IMHO Mike Fisher should be captain of the team.