Hockey Players, Fans Unite for Charities

This year, the Nashville Predators and supporters are reaching new audiences and assisting even more charities through the team’s foundation, says Rebecca King, senior director of Predators community relations. 

“Kyle’s Crew”is a program through which hockey centerman Kyle Turris invites youth guests to Preds’ home games from organizations such as Special Olympics, ABLE Youth, Tennessee School for the Blind, High Hopes, Amputee Blade Runners, Sled Preds and Autism Tennessee. Kyle’s guests meet him for post-game pictures and autographs.

Preds fans have a new opportunity to sign up their pets (first 1,000) for $30 to receive special perks as members of the “Weber Woof Pack,” created by No. 7 Yannick Weber, who has two huskies. Pets receive exclusive Preds pet merchandise and a card signed by Yannick; his girlfriend, Kayla; and their dogs, June and Willow. Members will be invited to three local dog park meet-ups with the couple. All Pack proceeds benefit animals through the Nashville Humane Association. 

Weber Woof Pack membership includes a customized collar, leash and dog tag, as well as a Gold Scoop-It Bowl. 

Fans attending the Feb. 2 game can join the Predators for the “Plant the Seed” drive to collect kids-sized garden gloves and seed packets to support an innovative garden-based learning programming that works with Nashville-area children who take ownership of their gardens on school and library grounds while learning content in science, math, language, literacy, social studies, engineering and social-emotional knowledge.

The foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, GnashVegas Casino Night & Auction, presented by King Jewelers and Global Poker, occurs on March 8. For more information, visit

Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has given more than $6 million in financial grants to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations.