Wednesday p.m. notes: Skate of the Union details announced

The Nashville Predators are getting the word out about the annual Skate of the Union event coming up on Wednesday, July 13, and have loaded us up with all the details:

Fans in search of a mid-summer hockey fix need look no further than the Nashville Predators annual Skate of the Union event, held Wednesday, July 13 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

This free event will feature a "Skate of the Union" address on the present and future of the Nashville Predators by President of Hockey Operations David Poile, Head Coach Barry Trotz, Chairman Tom Cigarran, President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Cogen. The address will highlight the Predators 2011draft picks, any signings or trades and an overview of the 2011-12 team and season schedule. The panel will speak with fans, answer questions and address inquiries on everything from hockey operations to business initiatives. The panel will be hosted by Nashville Predators Play-by-Play Announcer Pete Weber.

The event boasts autograph opportunities with Predators alumni, including original Nashville Predator Scott Walker and former Preds tough guys Wade Belak and Stu Grimson, as well as locker room tours and a plaza party hosted by Preds Color Analyst Terry Crisp and PA Announcer Paul McCann featuring live music, games and several unique attractions. The Preds' flagship radio station, 102.9 The Buzz will broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena main concourse. Also occurring on the main concourse is a sidewalk sale and an extensive used-equipment sale, where fans will have the opportunity to purchase game and practice-worn equipment, with a special private presale for Season Ticketholders prior to the main sale. Fans are also invited to shop the Nashville Predators Pro Shop, which will be open for extended hours. Make sure to stay till the end of the event, when the Nashville Predators will reveal their brand new home jerseys.

Head over to the Predators site for the rest of the details, which includes the complete schedule of events. We've got lots more hockey news after the jump, too!

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