Sixty two teams rang in the new year at the Bauer Music City Invitational in Nashville. From December 30 to January 3, these teams participated in 152 games between three different facilities: Ford Ice Center Bellevue, Ford Ice Center Antioch and Centennial Sportsplex. A tremendous thank you to all of the players, staff and parents for helping make the 2021 Bauer Music City Invitational a success. Congratulations to all of our division champions!
Watch 12 of our streams from the event here.
10U – Madison Capitols
11U – CarShield AAA Hockey Club
12U – Nashville Jr Predators AA
13U – Fox Motors Bantam Minor
14U – Detroit Honeybaked
15U – Oakland Jr Grizzlies
16U (A Division) – Detroit Honeybaked
16U (Division B) – Tri-State Spartans
18U – Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Hayden Nichol and Landry Schmuck, both of the TPH Center of Excellence in Nashville and the 18U AAA Jr Predators, received tender offers. Nichol singed a tender with the NAHL Shreveport Mudbugs and Schmuck was tendered by the Aberdeen Wings. Watch as both speak with TPH’s Justin Bradford about the exciting next step for their careers, their experience at the Center of Excellence and some fun “get-to-know-you” questions.
Learn more about the Center of Excellence here.
Learn more about the Nashville Jr Predators here.
Jed Pietila /// Michigan Hockey Advancement
Cannon Green /// 8 Week Program, Detroit CoE
Matt Hutton /// Nashville Jr Predators
Ryan Dickinson /// 8 Week Program, Detroit CoE, OHL Cup
Richie Parent /// Tri-State Spartans, Indy CoE
Nick Trela /// 8 Week Program
Carson Riddle /// Detroit CoE, OHL Cup, World Selects Invite
Tiernan Shoudy /// 8 Week Program
Samuel Brennan /// 8 Week Program, World Selects Invite
Grant Hindman /// 8 Week Program
About NAHL Top Prospects
2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (all times eastern)
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NASHVILLE YOUTH HOCKEY GETS STRONGER
– Nashville Jr Predators and Thunder AAA Hockey Club merge to create more opportunity for youth hockey participants –
Nashville, Tenn. (December 20, 2018) – The Nashville Jr. Predators and Thunder AAA Hockey Club announced today that the two entities will merge together and operate under the Nashville Jr. Predators Hockey Club emblem starting in 2019. This merger affords children a clear path from learning to skate to participating in Tier I AAA hockey and every level in between.
“Hockey in Tennessee and the Southern Amateur Hockey Association (SAHA) region is only getting stronger with the merger between the Nashville Jr. Predators and Thunder AAA Hockey Club,” said Danny Butler, General Manager of Ford Ice Center. “With two new sheets of ice at the Ice Center in Bellevue opening in the Fall of 2019, youth hockey players will have additional opportunities to participate in hockey programs and receive valuable ice time with elite coaches.”
Growing the game of hockey in Tennessee and surrounding states, is a very important initiative of the Nashville Predators. For every new hockey family that is created, provides more opportunity for life-long Nashville Predators fans. “With the newly formed Nashville Jr. Predators, there will be more spots available for kids who want to play, learn to play the game and compete on several different levels,” said Nat Harden, Senior Vice President, Tickets / Premium Sales & Youth Hockey. “More tournaments will be hosted at Ford Ice Center, which will create additional revenue for the surrounding businesses in Antioch, Bellevue and across Middle Tennessee.”
The Nashville Jr. Predators will enlist Total Package Hockey as the administrator of all hockey operations and coaching. One of the main driving forces behind the merger is to help families take advantage of one of the best development programs in the country that does not require them to move.
“We are extremely grateful for the positive leadership and growth of the game in Nashville, Huntsville, and Atlanta from the Nashville Predators. The NHL-backed Little Preds program being ran in each market is introducing the game to the next generation of players and is critically impacting grassroots growth of hockey. We would also like to thank the Nashville Jr Predators Board for their support in this merger. By working together, teams at the Tier I level will immediately be more competitive on the national stage, which will alleviate the pressure often felt by some families to move. In turn, this will increase the number of players that are drafted and/or tendered by junior hockey programs and commitments made to NCAA Division I schools, while playing youth hockey in the Nashville Jr. Predators Hockey Club. Perhaps the most important part of this new program is the addition of the Nashville based AA teams that will provide more development options for players” said Nathan Bowen, CEO of Total Package Hockey. “We have a long history of providing outstanding positive mentors and we look forward to staffing the Jr Preds with world class professional coaches and managing the day-to-day operations of the hockey club in a professional, cost-effective and efficient manner. “
“The Nashville Predators continue to do an outstanding job growing the game for players at all levels of hockey and they support this next step in creating a clear path for youth hockey families to follow. Our board unanimously supported this merger in the long-term best interest of hockey in Nashville. We also recognized that consolidating the two clubs only strengthens every level of play for the kids. Adding the AA program creates one homogenous development program for every player. They can begin in the Little Preds program, move along to House League, Preds Select A, now AA and lastly AAA. A family can now come into the game, develop here in Nashville until they are ready physically and mentally for junior hockey.” stated Nashville Jr Predators President Matt Goudy.
Total Package Hockey held these same responsibilities for the past 15 years with the Thunder AAA Hockey Club. During that time, the club provided a path for student-athletes to develop and advance to junior hockey while living at, or close, to home. The program became a member of the prestigious Tier I Elite League, the only national Tier I Youth Hockey League in the country that produces the most junior, college and professional players in the country.
Thunder AAA Hockey Club Player Advancement Summary:
– 4 NHL Draft Picks or Signed
– 45 NCAA DI Commits
– 56 NCAA DIII Commits
– 39 USHL Drafts, 2 Tenders
– 16 NAHL Drafts, 61 Tenders
– 19 OHL Draft Picks
– 4 International (2 NTDP, 2 Hlinka/Gretzky)
Former alumni include Mitch Eliot who signed just last week with the Vancouver Canucks, Nic Dowd from Huntsville Alabama, now with the Washington Capitals, Bjorn Krupp from Atlanta Georgia who played with the US National Development Team Program and now with Grizzlys Wolfsburg in the DEL, Nathan Krusko from Atlanta Georgia at Harvard University and national honors student, Andrew Sinard from Nashville Tennessee who is a freshman at Miami of Ohio playing NCAA DI and attended Nashville Predators Prospect camp in 2017.
Former coaches for the Thunder AAA Hockey club include:
- Chris Luongo – Current AC Michigan State Spartans, USA National Development Team Program, Team USA World Championships,
- Scott Gordon – Current HC Philadelphia Flyers, Team USA World Championships and Olympics, Former Assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs and HC New York Islanders
- Jim McKenzie – Current Scout Las Vegas Golden Knights NHL and Muskegon USHL
- Steve Briere – Current Goalie Coach Toronto Maple Leafs NHL, Fargo Force USHL, Topeka RoadRunners NAHL
- Uwe Krupp – Current HC Sparta Praha DEL and Team Germany World Championships and Olympics
- Karlis Zirnis – Current AC University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shreveport Mudbugs NAHL, Team Latvia World Championships and Olympics,
- Darren Eliot – Current Detroit Redwings NHL and Atlanta Thrashers NHL
- Danny Geoffrion – Former player Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets
- Jay More – Former player Nashville Predators
- Jay Leach –Former NCAA DI Maine Black Bears and Washington Capitals NHL
- Paul Flache – Former associate head coach Flint firebirds OHL
It’s only a matter of time.
One day, a young hockey player born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, will make his NHL debut. While that moment hasn’t happened quite yet, a pair of hometown kids are experiencing what might just be the next best thing.
Defensemen Dylan Moulton and Ben Schultheis, both Nashville natives, have been participating in Predators Development Camp this week at Centennial Sportsplex. The camp invitees are skilled hockey players in their own right, and they’re here to learn and become better players first and foremost.
But, come on, this is really something, right?
“It’s been really cool,” Schultheis said of the experience. “I grew up watching the Preds, and it’s really cool to get behind the scenes, see how the players are treated and how the organization works. It’s been awesome.”
“I’ve lived here my whole life, and I grew up watching the team,” Moulton said. “I was there for all the Playoff games when they made it to the [Stanley Cup] Final… and I’ve been coming to the rink since I was six months old, so it’s pretty special.”
Moulton, who is now 18, is from Nolensville, Tennessee, while 19-year-old Schultheis calls Mt. Juliet, Tennessee home. Moulton’s father used to work for the Predators in the front office, and Schultheis took his first skating lesson on the same rink where he’s been sporting the Preds logo on his jersey all week long.
Needless to say, it’s been a surreal experience for the two young men who have plenty of memories with the organization over the years.
Schultheis says former Preds Captain Shea Weber is his favorite player, while Moulton was fond of former winger Paul Kariya, the first true offensive superstar ever on the Nashville roster. And then, there was the run in 2017.
“My best memory is the clinching game to get to the Final [in 2017],” Moulton said of Nashville’s victory over the Anaheim Ducks to win the Western Conference. “That was the loudest I’ve ever heard [Bridgestone Arena]. That was pretty special. I was with my dad at that game, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
It’s moments like that which have helped to not only grow the fanbase, but inspire a new generation of native Nashvillians to play the game. Moulton and Schultheis were once those young kids who watched the likes of Weber and Kariya patrol the ice for the Predators, and now, they’re getting dressed in the same locker room, skating on the same ice and experiencing the same culture that players have come to know and love in Nashville over the years.
“I’m definitely trying to learn everything I can and soak it in like a sponge,” Schultheis said. “They’re giving us so much information, and I’m trying to learn it and be able to apply it to next season.”
“Getting the experience and everything, it’s kind of like going to school and learning,” Moulton said. “Especially learning from players like Dante Fabbro, how they carry themselves, how they treat their bodies, how to work out, it’s really gaining all that experience, and hopefully I can build my game to that level at some point.”
The two blueliners have done all right for themselves thus far – both have skated at the NAHL and USHL junior levels – and the NCAA route could come in short order.Set featured image
But for now, they’re focusing on their current duties at an NHL development camp – in their hometown.
“You have to step back every once in a while and appreciate what’s going on,” Moulton said. “I was by myself the other day, and I just took a moment to sit in the locker room. This is something special.”
On September 1st the United States Hockey League (USHL) and its Member Clubs announced Sunday the 30-man protected and affiliate lists for the 2019-20 season. We are proud of our 47 #TPHTrained players that have secured a spot on one of these rosters. We will be cheering on the following players as they work hard over the next few weeks to secure their spot on the 30-man protected list:
Max Sasson – Detroit CoE/8-Week Summer
Nate Hanley – WSI
Jacob Badal – Detroit 8-Week Program
Josh Doan – WSI
Mathieu De St. Phalle – Detroit CoE
Cameron Rowe – OHL Cup
Christian Stoever – Detroit CoE/8-Week Summer
Michael Mancinelli – Detroit CoE/8-Week Summer
Nick Andrews – 8-Week Summer
Tiernan Shoudy – 8-Week Summer
Luke Robinson – Nashville Jr Preds/8-Week Program
Riley Rosenthal – OHL Cup
Ben Schultheis – 8-Week Summer/Nashville Jr. Predators
Hunter Longhi – WSI
Ryan Beck – Detroit CoE/8 Week Program
Thomas Middleton – 8-Week Summer
Zach Faremouth – Detroit CoE/8-Week Program
Camden Thiesing – Nashville Jr Predators/8 Week Program
Dylan Moulton – Nashville Jr. Predators /Nashville CoE/OHL Cup
Dylan Wendt – Detroit CoE/OHL Cup/WSI
Xan Gurney – Detroit CoE
Dalton Norris – Detroit CoE/8 Week Program
Cole Kodsi – Nashville Jr Predators /8 Week Program
Davis Pennington – Detroit CoE/8 Week Summer/OHL Cup
Stephen Davis – Nashville Jr Predators /8 Week Program
Tanner Kelly – Detroit CoE
Bennett Barnes – 8-Week Summer
Kienan Draper – 8-Week Summer
Nick Donofrio – OHL Cup
Ryan Humphrey – Detroit CoE/8-Week Summer/OHL Cup
Ryan Mcinchak – 8-Week Summer
Ryan Sorkin – OHL Cup
Sutter Muzzati – OHL Cup
Hunter Carrick – OHL Cup
Kyle Kawamura – Nashville Jr. Predators
Sam Antenucci – 8-Week Summer
Joe Blackley – OHL Cup
Ryan Sullivan – 8 Week Program
Victor Mancini – 8-Week Summer
Luke Buss – Detroit CoE
Mitchell Miller – Detroit CoE/WSI
Mathew Knies – WSI
Nick Sofikitis – Detroit CoE/8 Week Summer/WSI
Ethan Szmagaj – 8-Week Summer
Logan Stein – Nashville Jr. Predators
Josh Deluca – 8-Week Summer
John Larkin – 8-Week Summer
Last weekend was the 7th annual North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. All 26 NAHL teams were present and we are excited to see 17 of our Nashville Jr. Predators alumni competing in the showcase. Below is the alumni who competed in the showcase:
ABOUT THE NAHL SHOWCASE
During the 2018-19 season, a record total of 351 NAHL players made NCAA commitments, with 232 (66%) of those being NCAA Division I commitments. The NAHL Showcase plays a big role in that success, with dozens of players each season earning an NCAA Division I opportunity during and following their participation in the event.
“The NAHL Showcase is the Greatest Show on Ice and truly representative of why the NAHL is the League of Opportunity. Our mission each season is to continue to set the bar higher and higher and the 2019 NAHL Showcase will be no different. There is simply no other event like this that brings together the number of scouts that we see during the five days and we look forward to seeing a new crop of players and talent showcase their skills,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.
The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 350 professional, college and junior scouts. For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer. For more information on the NAHL Showcase including schedule, ticket prices, hotels, rental cars and arena information, visit nahl.com/showcase