High school hockey in Williamson County is set to make its return to the ice on October 24th. Centennial will look to repeat their Predator Cup winning performance from last year, as the competition this season will be stacked as usual. Brentwood looks to comeback in the aftermath of their shocking defeat to the Cougars and will look to rebound.

The Bruins have been a powerhouse in recent years as they made it to four straight Predator Cup Finals, and has won two of the previous four years. We had the opportunity to catch up with Brentwood head coach Chris Orem and his assistant Mark Layne to get some thoughts on the upcoming season.

Asked about how he feels about his team going forth into the season, and if there is some hangover from last years tough loss, Orem said  “We do have a lot of returning players from last season, so it feels like we are starting new, but our jobs as a coach is to keep their minds clear and focused on the task at hand.”

From there the conversation switched to the Ravenwood Raptors, a rival and strong hockey program. “Right now we are just focusing the guys on Ravenwood, they are always tough, and it is always a game where there are a lot of people in attendance,” said Layne. “Some of the guys on the team are lucky enough to play travel hockey with club teams, but the big crowds are with high school hockey.”

Opening night for Williamson County hockey will feature powerhouse Brentwood playing Ravenwood at A-Game Sports Complex in Cool Springs. A matchup that is always a heated affair no matter what the sport, hockey is no different.

Father Ryan, who are returning many of their players from last year, who also finished 3rd in the division behind Brentwood and Ravenwood will only figure to be stronger this year, and will begin their regular season playing against defending champion Centennial at Ford Ice Center.

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