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Predators' Most Famous Fan Offers Motivation

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by Heather Graf

NASHVILLE,, Tenn. - As the Nashville Predators geared up for Friday's game five against the Detroit Red Wings, a little boy from Williamson County has perhaps the best motivational speech in hockey history, memorized and ready to recite.

Josh Sacco was just four-years-old when a youtube video of him reciting the Herb Brooks' speech from the movie, 'Miracle' went viral.

It shows him doing a perfect rendition of the coach's pre-game comments to the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.

"I just couldn't stop laughing, and just the face that he did it exactly like Herb Brooks, or Kurt Russell playing Herb Brooks in the movie, to a T," said his father, Jim Sacco.  "The inflection in his voice and everything."

Josh is now seven-years-old, and still has the speech memorized.

"I might forget a line, but then once I get to that line it just comes blasting into my head," said Josh.

His youtube fame led to an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show, who then surprised him with a trip to the Vancouver Olympics.  He even had dinner with the U.S. Olympic Hockey team.

"I was pretty nervous, a little bit," he said.  "I mean, meeting all of those guys was pretty cool, but at first I was kinda nervous."

He's also met almost every player on the Predators' roster.

During the 2011 NHL playoffs, the Predators asked him to recite the speech to the crowd at Bridgestone Arena, just before one of the team's biggest games.

He hasn't yet been asked to do so this year, but Josh gave News Channel 5 an updated version of it.

"I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Red Wings are!" he said.  "Screw em! Now go out there and kick it!"

They're words he'll be reciting, throughout the series against Detroit.

Josh's parents own a hockey store in Williamson County, which they appropriately named, Miracle Hockey.

"Miracle Hockey was just a natural to name the shop," said Jim Sacco.  "There's so many people that play hockey here now, and there wasn't a shop that was taking care of everyone's needs."

The family closed the store down a bit early on Friday night, so they could make the trip to Nashville, to cheer on the Predators in person.

To watch Josh's video of the 'Miracle' speech, click here:

It now has close to five million hits on youtube.


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