Preds Inspiring New Generation Of Hockey Fans

Now Kids Can Learn The Basics For FREE
Posted at 7:08 AM, Jun 08, 2017

Are your kids hockey-crazy? We know we are! Now, there's a way for kids to try the sport for FREE.

The Predators success is being felt at the Ford Ice Center.

"Playing hockey in June really made people excited on the ice. They're playing a little harder, playing a little faster, really showing a lot of support about what's going on. And that's kids and adults," said General Manager of the Ford Ice Center, Danny Butler.

He said getting your kid into hockey can be a big investment. So before you buy sticks and pads and skates, there's a way youngsters can try the sport first. 

"They get a free set of hockey equipment that they give back after the four weeks and it just gives them an opportunity to try hockey for the first time without any financial commitment to it," he said. 

The Nashville Predators Get Out And Learn! (G.O.A.L!) program is a free on-ice youth hockey series, presented in partnership with Centennial Sportsplex, Erie Insurance, and the Ford Ice Center.

It's an introduction for boys and girls ages four to eight-years-old.

Kids learn the basics like forward strides, stops, starts, turns and crossovers. They may decide, like hockey dad Matt Ellis, that hockey is a life-long passion and even pass it on to their kids.

"I've played ever since I was 2-years old," Eliis said. "So as soon as [my son] was able to strap on skates and go out and give it a shot. He's pretty much loved it ever since."

The classes are for beginners, even kids who have never laced-up skates before. Summer classes are all full. But you can register for fall