In Rememberance

RibbonWe, like so many others, have been profoundly shaken by the horrifying loss of life in Orlando on June 12th.  How do you process such a heinous act?  We’re don’t have the answers, but in this scary time we know that it’s important to focus on putting good into the world.  Spread joy.  Tell people you love them.  Appreciate the amazing possibilities that wait for each of us every day.

The following has offered us some peace, and we hope it brings some to you as well.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

 

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Clinched!

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After two years missing the playoffs, who would have thought the Nashville Predators would be the second NHL team to clinch a spot in the 2015 playoffs?!  The Preds organization invited Smashville to greet the team that the airport, and the fans showed up in force to line the road outside the entrance and give the team some love.

The Ducks may have clinched today, too….but we’re SO much prettier.  🙂

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Way to go, guys – you deserve it!  Just don’t forget to beat those Flames tomorrow night.

We’ve got our playoff tickets, do you??  GO PREDS!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Move Over, Carter Hutton!

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Just over a year ago, we had this crazy idea to start a blog to talk hockey with other girls. Little did we know it would lead us to build friendships with people all over the country; in particular, one badass Preds fan from L.A. named Christina. This girl, y’all. She is tough, brave, sweet, humble, and will bake you the best cake you’ve ever had in your life….just all-around amazing. When we found out that her bucket list included learning how to play goalie, we knew we had to pull some strings to get her some time on the ice.
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About that bucket list.  Some people receive a terrifying diagnosis and it prevents them from living at all, but Christina used her diagnosis as motivation to visit friends old and new, see new places, and try things that most of us would never be brave enough to even attempt.  Her bucket list has taken her to Europe where she saw old friends, to Canada where she rode a bus cross-country to follow the Predators, and to Nashville where she saw some hockey and got to try out the ice at the Ford Ice Center (FIC).  She also got to have her dream wedding – complete with hockey-themed engagement photos!

Our friend, Craig MacDonald, Hockey Director at the Ford Ice Center (remember that time?) volunteered to give her a taste of the goalie life, which meant she got to spend some time in-goal for the first time ever.  Even though she was a little shaky on her skates, off she went to run through skating drills and field some pucks.
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Oh, and did we mention that she has her own goalie mask? She entered the “Design Pekka’s Mask” contest sponsored by the Nashville Predators. Though her design wasn’t chosen, her husband and a couple other amazing people had her design turned into the real deal, which she wore for her lesson.

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First time on the ice and you make a save double stack style a-la Dominik Hasek?? Told ya she’s awesome.

Really ya’ll – you’ve got to meet this girl.

Check out Christina’s blog here: https://hockeytonk.wordpress.com

 

 *Thanks to Mary Davis for sharing her video.  We were way too excited to focus on filming!

 

Huge shout out to Craig MacDonald and the Ford Ice Center for helping Christina check one more item off her bucket list! If you’re interested in hockey or figure skating, check out www.fordicecenter.com for scheduling and information.

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All We Want For Christmas

Dear Santa,

We already sent you our Christmas list full of all kinds of glittery trinkets, expensive electronics, and new clothes.  We do realize that the holiday season isn’t all about material trappings, so here are a few more things we’d like to add to our wish list:

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Brandon Prust in a suit.  Whoo boy, nothing like a little man candy, right Santa?

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Gabriel Landeskog’s smile.  Seriously – that and a puppy can cure the evils of the world!  The man should be cast as the next Disney prince.

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Speaking of puppies, we’ll also take Jonathan Bernier’s puppy-dog eyes.

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Nealer’s hair is on the list, of course!  Not to mention his goal scoring ability.

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Chris Higgins’ abs.  Really Santa – we’ve been extra good this year!  Please!

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KING OF KINGS!!!!!!  HALLELUJAH!

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We’d also like Roman Josi’s jawline, eyes, and you know – everything.

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And Patrick Sharp in that coat!  Or celebrating a goal.  Or posing in a suit.  Or just relaxing in nothing but shorts.  Or all of those things.

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Of course, we also want a happy, healthy Pekka!  Can we get a gift card for a Vezina???

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Most of all, Santa, we’d really like to have this silver cup; you know, for parties and stuff.

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A Tour of the Ford Ice Center

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The Golden Girls had the exciting opportunity to take a tour of the new Ford Ice Center.  Since we both live and work in South Nashville, we are excited about the redevelopment of the Hickory Hollow area.  Not only will the Ice Center, Library, playground, and park be a recreation space that will be used by the community, but it provides much-needed ice capacity in Nashville – a city that only has two other skating facilities available for the public.  Since no one ever mentions Nashville without also mentioning that it is a ‘non-traditional market’, the Ford Ice Center will be an important step toward growing passion for hockey and by extension, the Predators.

Let’s take a look!

There are two sheets of ice.  We were lucky enough to get to watch them lay the ice and paint for one of the rinks.  This ice center is the first in Nashville to feature the Look-Up Line (Preds gold, of course) – increasing safety for the players. 

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Plus, the redline is the best in town.

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The concessions area will offer great food and serve beer.  (Woo!)  An outdoor window will let people using the playground and walking trails buy food without having to go inside. 

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There will be plenty of seating in the rink itself, but there is also a heated upstairs viewing area, complete with comfy chairs, tv’s, and a drink rail so parents can watch games away from the cold rink.  They also have party rooms that can be divided to host events, parties, and workout classes. 

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The view from the upstairs windows is great.

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The locker rooms are well appointed and feature a goalie bench, which is nice to hold a player wearing those giant pads. 

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The sound system is state of the art, and there are plans to install lighting including the Preds logo that will project on the ice.  Weekend open skates will have great music – possibly with local djs.  Vanderbilt University has signed on to make Ford Ice Center their home for games and practices.  Additionally, several other colleges (MTSU, University of the South and Trevecca) have expressed interest to begin programs that will compete in a 30 and Under Adult League. In September, the Ice Center will host a tournament featuring 30 adult teams coming from as far away as Arizona, Florida and Michigan. We can’t wait to go and take in some hockey on the weekends! 

Scott Hamilton (yes – the Olympic skater) will have a skating school, and there are classes for children – adults.  Check out their schedule here: www.fordicecenter.com

A big thanks goes out to Craig MacDonald, Hockey Director, for giving us the behind-the-scenes tour of the Ford Ice Center.  We can’t wait for it to open, and we hope we’ll see Nashville’s hockey fan base get bigger and more passionate! 

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Welcome to Nashville, Y’all!

The population of Nashville increased yesterday when David Poile brought some more offensive power to Nashville.  We’re not going to comment on what we think about anyone until we see them at camp, but we will offer up some tips about life in this great city (and a few warnings) for Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy, as well as James Neal, the Laviolette’s, the McCarthy’s, and all of our new friends. 

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Hi James.

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And Derek.

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 And Mike.

 

Life here is slower.  Be sure to leave an extra half hour to do anything.  If Nolensville Road or the grocery store are involved, leave an extra 45 minutes.  It’s too hot to rush anywhere here, and everyone likes to talk.  Slowly.  Talk back!  You’ll inevitably wind up with a new recipe or two.

You need jeans.  And lots of them.  We wear jeans everywhere. 

There is music everywhere you turn – and it isn’t all country.  You’ve got to go visit Third Man Records and check out Jack White’s collection!  Go to Robert’s Western World for Sunday lunch and get your fill of traditional country.  Be sure to see a show at the Ryman, because everything sounds better in the Mother Church.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get a Hatch Show Print!  Get out and sing some karaoke – it’ll remind you that not everyone here is musically talented. 

Speaking of Robert’s, be sure to order the cheeseburger.  It is one of the best in town!  You can also find great burgers at Burger Republic if you’re hungry after practice one day. It’s close to the new Ford Ice Center, and they have been voted the Best Burger in Nashville for a couple years running.

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Or you can get a hot dog at I Dream of Weenie in East Nashville.  (*giggle* – weenie.)

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We do have healthier food options, but they’re a little harder to find.  Don’t be surprised if you order a veggie plate and everything is fried.  We have a ton of international restaurants, so get adventurous and try some of those!  Our favorite is Thai Papaya

Our fanbase may be a little smaller than you’re used to, but we’re passionate and LOUD!  We will love you and you’ll know it.  We won’t bother you when you’re out and about though, so feel free to leave the house. 

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But don’t leave the house in a cowboy hat.  Everyone will think you’re a tourist.

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

Happy mid-summer everyone!  What did you do for vacation?  We went to Bonnaroo for the first time.  (Jack White, everyone.  Jack.  White.) 

I don’t know about you, but we’re missing hockey something fierce right now.  Sure, prospect camp is going on and we’re all looking forward to checking out the new guys in the scrimmage.  It just isn’t the same as seeing our boys night after night.

So let’s take a break, grab a drink, and see what everyone has been doing this summer!  (Well, not everyone.  We can’t stalk THAT hard.) 

Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood went to Haiti, because they’re awesome like that.

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How can anyone resist that smile?

 

Unfortunately, he’ll have plenty of time to think about it as he recovers from a nasty Achilles injury.

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Colin Wilson has been paddle boarding and showing us all that he’s been doing some serious work on his back muscles.  
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Victor Bartley has been getting some fresh air.
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James Neal took a trip to Hawaii before packing up to move here.  Suns out, guns out!
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Eric Nystrom has been working out like crazy and inspiring us to push a little harder at the gym.
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We’d watch him run any day.

Of course, he and Rich Clune are training together.
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Speaking of Rich Clune, he’s been busy playing shirtless guitar and making us believe God might be a woman.
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He’s also been working with SummerSkates marketing sandals.
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If you haven’t tried these, you’ve got to get a pair! 

Victor Stalberg continues to prove that the Swedes are amazingly beautiful.
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He’s also been working on his synchronized swimming.
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Pekka has been hiding from the press, but was the star of this article comparing him to a handsome young swan.  Amazing.  And we don’t disagree.

And Roman Josi has been busy doing everything, and making it look good.
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Suddenly I’m a tennis fan.

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He’s delicious in a tux, but is it really fair to stand that close to the groom?  Hope the bride didn’t change her mind!

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And he can fly a plane?!?!?!  Give the rest of the men in the world a chance, Roman!  

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