USA Hockey announced today that the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Sled Preds will host the seventh annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL. The four-day event will take place November 17-20, 2016, at the Ford Ice Center, operated by the Nashville Predators to continue the growth of hockey and skating in Middle Tennessee, in Antioch, Tenn.
First staged in 2010, the USA Hockey Sled Classic is an annual round-robin format tournament between NHL-affiliated sled hockey teams. All competing teams represent their affiliated NHL club by wearing official NHL licensed jerseys with local club marks and logos.
Over 20 NHL sled teams are expected to play in this years tournament and will feature four divisions. Last year, the event featured 20 teams affiliated with NHL clubs and culminated in the Florida Panthers winning the Tier I Division, the Columbus Blue Jackets claiming the Tier II Division, the Arizona Coyotes capturing the Tier III Division, and the Buffalo Sabres capturing the Tier IIII Division.
Full details surrounding the tournament will be released at a later date.
NOTES: The Colorado Avalanche hosted the inaugural USA Hockey Sled Classic in 2010 in Denver, Colorado, where the Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey Team won the four-team tournament ...