GNASH Bash in August, free hockey for youngsters

Ford Ice Center will host its annual GNASH Bash throughout August, a free, four-week, hour-long instructional ice hockey program for sixth through eighth grade students. Sponsored by the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey League, a Nashville Predators Foundation grant recipient, GNASH Bash aims to grow high school hockey in Tennessee.

This free program is designed to introduce middle schoolers, with no hockey experience, to ice hockey. Each session will consist of the fundamentals of skating, passing, shooting and fun. One hour of on-ice instruction will be followed by 30 minutes of off-ice training to work on shooting, balance and coordination.

GNASH Bash will take place on Thursday, August 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6:15–7:15 p.m. (CT) at Ford Ice Center (5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Antioch, TN 27013). Full equipment is required, however equipment and skate rentals will be made available to those in need at no cost.

Additionally, as part of the program each participant will have the opportunity to continue their development as a hockey player with Ford Ice Center’s six-week on-ice PREDecessor Learn to Play program. To register and for more information, visit NashvillePredators.com/gnashbash.

The Preds will host four different try hockey for free opportunities for ages 5-13 with 160 kids trying hockey for the first time in August alone. Program options will be held at Ford Ice Center and Centennial Sportsplex, including Get Out And Learn! (G.O.A.L!), presented by Erie Insurance, a four-week beginner program offered every four weeks consecutively for boys and girls. Since 2006, G.O.A.L! has introduced the sport to over 4,000 kids. In 2015-16 there were over 1,500 kids playing organized ice hockey, a 14 percent increase from last year and the highest increase in participation since the Preds came to town.