The Nashville Jr. Predators and Thunder AAA Hockey Club have officially merged together and are now operating under the Nashville Jr. Predators Hockey Club emblem.
The organizations announced their plans for the merger in Dec. 2018 and made it official in June 2019.
This merger affords children a clear path from learning to skate to participating in Tier 1 AAA hockey and every level in-between.
Growing the game of hockey in Tennessee and surrounding states is a very important initiative for the Nashville Predators. For every new hockey family that is created, it 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 in December. “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 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,” said Nathan Bowen, CEO of Total Package Hockey. “We would also like to thank the Nashville Jr. Predators Board for their support in this merger.”
Total Package Hockey held the 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 1 Elite Hockey League, the only national Tier 1 Youth Hockey League in the country that produces the most junior, college, and professional players in the country.
“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,” said Nashville Jr. Predators President Matt Goudy.
Read the full press release from December here: http://bit.ly/2RZYwGE