Pontus Aberg, Emil Pettersson, Evan Smith and Nick Saracino traded in their hockey sticks for paintbrushes on Thursday afternoon at the Renewal House in Nashville.
The prospects, along with members of the Preds front office, painted, cleaned and readied an apartment for a new family at the complex. A family-centered treatment facility, Renewal House offers services for mothers who are struggling with substance addiction and poverty, allowing their children to stay with them during the process and heal together.
"The Predators' efforts today help create a healing and welcoming environment for women and children who have known so much trauma and chaos," Renewal House Development Director Jennifer Wheeler said. "The staff and prospects' ability to paint and clean an apartment in a few hours saves us weeks of preparation time and allows us to move a family into the apartment sooner. It also does wonders for the spirit of our women."
For Smith, who was just drafted by the Preds less than two weeks ago, the opportunity to give back to the Nashville community and become part of the Predators organization during Development Camp this week has proven to be a worthwhile experience.
"It's been great to be out here, and it really shows you what it's like to be a professional hockey player," Smith said of painting at Renewal House. "It's a great thing to know that you can give back as much as the fans can give to you."
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