Kids can hit the ice this summer and enjoy the fun of hockey through the Nashville Predators Amateur Hockey Association (NPAHA). It’s the youth house league at Ford Ice Center, open to boys and girls ages 5 - 18 of all skill levels.

The recreational league aims to develop kids’ hockey skills while providing an environment where they can learn valuable life skills like teamwork, sportsmanship, positive attitudes and a strong work ethic.

The summer session runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June - August. Ages 5 - 8 hit the ice at 5:30 p.m.; ages 9 - 10 at 6:45 p.m.; and 11 - 18 at 8 p.m.

Participants receive 18 games/practices with appearances by Preds players and coaches; an end-of-season showcase; a jersey with number (to be returned end of season); socks to keep; a Nashville Predators Passport for a 20-percent discount at the Preds Team Store and 10-percent discount at Bridgestone Arena concessions stands; opportunity to watch a Preds practice followed by a family open skate at Bridgestone; and Predators home game ticket discounts.

Kids must register with USA Hockey (it’s $46 per year). League fees are by birth year: $260 (2010 - 2014); $439 (2008 - 2009); $494 (2006 - 2007); and $528 (2001 - 2005).

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY SCHOOL

In addition to the recreational league, kids ages 6 - 14 can also sign up for the Nashville Predators Hockey School. It's a summer day camp for recreational and travel youth hockey placers and goaltenders. The school groups kids by ability in order to enhance their learning environment. All participants must provide their own equipment, and beginners should have some ice-skating ability.

The Hockey School takes place July 8 - 12 and July 15 - 19. It meets Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuition is $600 for one week, $1,150 for both.

For more info or to register for either program, call 615-742-4390 or visit fordicecenter.com.