Originally written on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 2/28/13
The Nashville Jr. Predators returned to their homes Tuesday after spending ten days in Quebec for the 2013 International Peewee Hockey Tournament where over 125,000 people watched the tournament unfold. Teams from all over the world including England, Switzerland, Germany and Austria showed up to represent their countries. The Jr. Predators were invited to this tournament and didn't have to qualify to enter. Head coach of the team Jamie Herrington believes it is great for the city of Nashville to be noticed as a hockey town. "It is great the state of Tennessee and the Jr. Predators to be recognized around the world," said Jamie Herrington. "It was an amazing experience to live through it for 10 days. It was a great trip, great hockey experience, and great life experience." In total, the '00 Peewee Jr. Predators played thirteen games finishing with a record of 7-3-1. The Jr. Preds had a slow start their trip by losing two of their first three games in two days. However, brighter roads awaited ahead as they won five of the last six games in the tournament with the one they didn't win being a tie against the Swiss Eastern Selects. Of course every kid dreams of playing in the Winter Classic, so the tournament provided the Jr. Preds a chance to do so against a team in the Canadian province of Quebec.  Not only did they get to the chance to play in an outdoor hockey game, which is nearly impossible in Middle Tennessee, they played in three other arenas with two of them standing out. The '00 Elite team faced off against the Boston Jr. Bruins in the Colisee Pepsi, home of the QMJHL's Quebec Ramparts and former home of the WHA and NHL's Quebec Nordiques. (Photo by: Yanik Magnan/Flickr) The other arena the team played in was not an arena at all, but rather a mall. Yes, a mall. In the middle of the Galeries de la Capitale was an ice rink surrounded by 280 stores and 35 restaurants. There, the kids won three of four games.  A very recognizable name around the NHL and in Quebec is Jean-Pierre Dumont. The ex-Nashville Predator helped out the team prepare for the tournament, like he once did when he was younger. "JP is a tremendous ambassador for the game in Nashville," said Herrington. "He was a tremendous help in translating the language barrier for our families and players who were there." "He is a great individual who carries himself with class." Every year at this tournament, there is an event where all the teams come together to have fun and meet each other by exchanging teams pins. Players were able to talk to each other and connect by gaining a collection of pins from the teams who participated in tournament. Of course while connecting with other players from around the world, the Jr. Preds were able to pick up a little bit of other languages. "Many of them learned small phrases of French. However, for the [German] and Swiss languages, it was a bit difficult," said Herrington. Even after the tournament is over and long gone, what will be remembered, and certainly what is most important, is the kids had fun being in the tournament and being in a different culture. Throughout the tournament, the players stayed with Quebec host families where they experienced the difference from life in Tennessee. "The kids had a great time," said Herrington. "There is so much going on at an event like this and is great to take in a great hockey culture in Quebec."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Lakers to get second meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge

Antonio Gates suspended four games for violating drug policy

Tim Duncan officially returning to Spurs for another season

Rolando McClain suspended four games for substance abuse

Jets' Richardson suspended four games for violating drug policy

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Aldridge not impressed with Lakers' branding pitch

Toronto column after trade details Kessel's love of hot dogs

A-Rod, Yankees, union in talks to donate HR bonus to charity

Dez Bryant, Cowboys reportedly on verge of contract extension

Report: Braxton Miller to reveal 'immediate plans' next week

Kobe responds to Aldridge report with funny meme

Larry Brown Sports on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how it went

A-Rod on desire to make All-Star Game: ‘I’d walk to Cincinnati’

Landing Monta Ellis puts Pacers back in title-chasing pack

Bryce Harper snaps another selfie with fans before game

Putting Chris Sale’s strikeout streak in historical perspective

Chargers job listing: Applicants must be open to move to LA

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

Cavs on verge of shattering NBA's luxury tax record

Sizing up baseball's (potential) trade deadline sellers

Emmitt Smith backs out as judge at Miss USA Pageant

Holes-in-one at PGA Tour event means $100 in fans' pockets

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.