The Predators-backed ice rink was a welcome addition for the area’s hockey community, as the demand for ice time had long ago outstripped supply. And sure, there’s a self-serving reason the Preds want more people from all across town playing hockey. That said: the top-notch Ford Ice Center offers plenty of learn-to-skate (using a curriculum developed by transplanted gold medalist Scott Hamilton) and learn-to-play (often with actual Preds in attendance) sessions. If you have the next Hamilton or Shea Weber at home, or should you just need the kids to get worn out, head to what was once Hickory Hollow Mall and put ’em on ice.

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