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01-11-2012, 06:21 PM
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Nashville Mite Team Wins Silver Stick Tourney!

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Local youth hockey players from the Nashville Jr. Predators Mite Major team took North American amateur hockey by storm this past weekend, taking top honors in A/E Novice/Mite division at the Silver Stick Finals held in Pelham, Ontario.

The Silver Stick is one of only two tournaments recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame the other being the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Each year, after all Silver Stick tournaments are completed, a plaque is placed in the Hockey Hall of Fame, listing the team names of all the Champions for that year.
Way to go, guys!

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Just read this article. How exciting for these kids to go up to Canada and win a tournament! Way to go!

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Way to go, boys!

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I've watched some pretty good youth hockey players over the past few years. It was just a matter of time before a team like this was able to get it together. They not only won, they destroyed the other teams. The goal differential for the weekend was 63 GF and 7 GA. They won one game 18-0. Coach Tim has these kids rolling.

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63 to 7. What did@fakelindback qualify as a mite?

Edit: best part is if they stick together they can have 4 more years of tournaments to play.

Anyone else imagining the coaches of the other teams going all Tortirella on the kids? 'WE LOST TO A ****ING TEAM FROM NASHVILLE!'


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for some it would be 8 years. 2 years each of Mite, Squirt, Peewee and Bantam. They could go on to Midgets so that would be 10+ years. I have a couple of kids on my bantam team that I coached the lockout year as mites. One of them is as big as I am.

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I just saw this and was going to post it, but I was beaten!

AWESOME JOB! My favorite quote:

A group of kids from Middle Tennessee winning an international, Hockey Hall of Fame-recognized tournament shows that Nashville and the surrounding areas have truly grown into a hockey market and that championship hockey can be cultivated here. The success of the Nashville Predators, Nashville Jr. Predators and other local youth and amateur hockey organizations are helping to redefine what it means to be a traditional hockey community.

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Southern kids attack whatever sport they love and strive to excel at it. Back when Logan was playing Bantam hockey at the Sportsplex (2004 or so), the kids had the drive but most didn't have the skills of those who'd been skating for years. They matched up fine against each other because most were in the same boat, and even did well in tournaments...but they didn't win THIS kind of tournament. I thought then that if kids grew up skating from the time they were preschoolers instead of putting on their first pair of ice skates at age 12, and if they played league hockey from the time they were itty bitties they'd be a formidable group. Even without a hockey background they quickly picked up the nuances of play and demonstrated that they had the muscular power needed to score. That's the southern showing through. Now the kids are getting the skating skills to go with it. Watch out future NHL.

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Curious to what different levels this tourney had and what level the mite team was at? Regardless it's still a huge accomplishment and just by looking at goal differential they probably could have played a level up and been competitive. Congrats to all the young'uns.

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Congrats to them, that's awesome!




...now if we could just get some more rinks built.

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Wonder how many more players we could see being drafted from TN in the next 10 years

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One hell of an accomplishment.

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Curious to what different levels this tourney had and what level the mite team was at? Regardless it's still a huge accomplishment and just by looking at goal differential they probably could have played a level up and been competitive. Congrats to all the young'uns.
Here's the American youth hockey structure, all laid out. The Junior Predators were a Mite team, and the tournament had championships for groups from Mite all the way up to Midget Minor (I think; it might be Midget Major).
Mini Mite (ages 5-6) (Levels A)
Mite (ages 7-8) (Levels AA, A, B)
Squirt (ages 910) (Levels AAA, AA, A, B)
Peewee (ages 1112) (Levels AAA, AA, A, B)
Bantam (ages 1314) (Levels AAA, AA, A, B)
Midget Minor 16 and Under (ages 1516) (Levels AAA, AA, junior varsity highschool-B)
Midget Major 18 and Under (ages 1518) (Levels AAA, AA, varsity highschool-B)
Juniors (ages 16 and up)

The Canadian structure is essentially the same, but adds a couple of younger levels and changes a few of the names:
Mini Mite (ages 12, I can't possibly imagine any kind of competitive game at this age)
Mite (ages 34)
Tyke (ages 56)
Novice (ages 78)
Atom (ages 910)
Pee Wee (ages 1112)
Bantam (ages 1314)
Midget (ages 1517)
Juvenile (ages 1820)


And just for good measure, the teams they played, followed by location and result against that team:
Orchard Lake Pirates - Oakland County, MI (9-1, 8-1)
Richmond Hill Stars - Richmond Hill, Ontario (8-1)
North London Nationals - London, Ontario (18-0)
Orangeville Flyers - Orangeville, Ontario (6-2)
Waterloo Ice Wolves - Waterloo, Ontario (14-2)

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The Jr Preds are AA teams. Each level has a Major and Minor team. So for each age level there are 2 Jr Preds team. The team that won the tourney was the Mite Major Jr Preds AA team. Pretty high level of hockey. Kids that play at this level have the potential of playing for scholarships and beyond.

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Did the nashville tv stations give this any mention? If not maybe someone should make them aware of it

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The Jr Preds are AA teams. Each level has a Major and Minor team. So for each age level there are 2 Jr Preds team. The team that won the tourney was the Mite Major Jr Preds AA team. Pretty high level of hockey. Kids that play at this level have the potential of playing for scholarships and beyond.
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