NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Total Package Hockey “TPH” and Premier Ice Prospects “PIP” join forces to support the Smashville Girls Hockey Showcase for Tier I Girls’ teams, 12U-14U-16U-19U in conjunction with the Smashville NCAA Women’s Hockey Showcase to be held over Thanksgiving every year!
“The Predators are creating an amazing event that will couple elite girls’ hockey with the collegiate tournament; providing girls the opportunity to play in a high-level tournament and see some of the top caliber Division-one teams in action,” said Kathy Pippy, PIP Girls Hockey Director. “PIP is excited to partner with another industry leader, TPH to establish the Smashville Girls Hockey Showcase as a highly-competitive, highly-scouted annual event over Thanksgiving weekend!”
Last month the Nashville Predators announced the formation of the Smashville NCAA Women’s Hockey Showcase in partnership with TPH and PIP, indicating the 2021 participating collegiate teams will be 2021 NCAA Championship qualifiers Boston College Eagles and Colgate Raiders, who will be joined by the Mercyhurst Lakers and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. In 2022 the participating teams will include 2021 NCAA Champion Wisconsin Badgers, NCAA Runners-up Northeastern Huskies and Penn State Lions and Princeton Tigers.
“The Nashville Predators continue to lead by example in hockey, but most importantly, they also continue to do so in the community,” Total Package Hockey CEO Nathan Bowen said. “This support of and investment in growing women’s and girl’s hockey is just another of the many examples of the Predators organization’s consistent commitment and actions. We are excited for the opportunity to work with Premier Ice Prospects and the Nashville Predators to support this incredible opportunity for growth of girl’s hockey.”
The 2021 edition of the Smashville Girls Hockey Showcase will take place November 26-28th, with the NCAA games occurring on the 26th and 27th. Boston College will play Colgate and Minnesota will play Mercyhurst on Friday, with the winners of those games facing off in the championship game Saturday afternoon and the losers playing for bronze.
For additional information on the Smashville Girls Hockey Showcase, please go to www.premiericeprospects.com or click here to register your team today!
Congratulations to Kirsten Simms for being selected to the U18 USA Women’s National Team. In addition to this opportunity, Simms is also a 2022 commit to the University of Wisconsin.
“It is an incredible honor to be selected to this program. I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity to represent USA as a member of the U18 Women’s National Team. I really appreciate the many coaches and people who continue to support and encourage me in this journey, and I look forward to keep working as hard as possible to improve as a player and teammate every day” -Kirsten Simms
Simms has always competed at the highest levels of hockey including seasons spent with Compuware, Little Caesars, and Selects Academy. Simms was awarded MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in her first season with Selects Academy.
Simms is a TPH Center of Excellence alum, attending 7th and 8th grade at the Detroit location. Simms has participated regularly in the TPH 8 Week Progressional Program since its inception as well as other TPH training programs.
We are excited for the opportunities ahead for Kirsten and we will be cheering her on as she represents our country.
GET TO KNOW KIRSTEN
Who are you inspired by?: Kedall Coyne-Schofield for how incredibly hard she works and for her dedication to the growing hockey as a sport.
Favorite Professional Team: Tampa Bay Lightning, especially getting to watch how Kucherov plays
Favorite NHL Players: Nikita Kucherov and Artemi Panarin