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Nash Daily: Exhibition at F&M Bank Arena, Donskoi Retires

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Photo of Luke Evangelista by John Russell/Nashville Predators.

Going into the weekend the Nashville Predators announced their first event at the new F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

The Gold Star Showcase will feature an intrasquad game between Predators players benefitting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Most recently 3ICE visited the arena back on Aug. 2 for the first-ever on-ice event in the latest installment of an arena in the middle Tennessee area.

Predators season ticket citizens are eligible for presale and special discounts starting today. Austin Peay State University students can take up free tickets in the student section — more details to come from the Predators organization.

It was also discovered last Friday that Predators rookie Luke Evangelista would be attending the annual NHLPA Rookie Showcase on Sept. 5 at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia. He’ll join 35 other NHL rookies at the event.

In 16 days Nashville’s rookies will report for camp in Nashville and then will go to Florida for a rookie-only tournament starting on Sept. 15.

The countdown for preseason also sits at 28 days now for Nashville. They’ll face the Florida Panthers in a doubleheader on Sept. 25 as the regular season approaches.

Around the NHL and National Hockey Now

Colorado Hockey Now: Former Colorado Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi announced his retirement via Instagram on Sunday. He spent time between the Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, and Seattle Kraken over the course of seven seasons. Last season he scored 22 points in 75 games. Donskoi scored 208 points in 474 total NHL contests. 

Washington Hockey Now: The Washington Capitals have named Brian MacLellan the next president of hockey operations and general manager. Chris Patrick was moved to associate general manager while Dick Patrick has been appointed the new chairman of the organization.

Philly Hockey Now: Up in the City of Brotherly Love Chuck Bausman took a look at who will make the Philadelphia Flyers 23-man roster. Six of last year’s players are no longer in the Flyers’ organization. Will goaltender prospect Ivan Fedotov join the organization at all this season?  

Detroit Hockey Now: Steve Yzerman has been at the helm of the Detriot Red Wings since 2019. He still has prospects from his first class of players showing up in the NHL. How has this draft class shaped up to this point in the eyes of Kevin Allen?

Chicago Hockey Now: The Chicago Blackhawks drafted a generational talent in Connor Bedard this offseason, but how many skaters reach the 20-goal threshold this season? Only Andreas Athanasiou and Taylor Raddysh got to 20 last season for the Central Division foe. 

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