Dierks Bentley and his 9-year-old son Knox did a fine job hosting the 2023 NHL Awards on Monday (6/26) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Before his latest hosting gig, NHL lover Dierks said, “Hockey plays a big part of my daily life. I’ve been to rinks all over the country with my travel hockey son. I coach his spring league games and spend hours in the local hockey store, telling him, ‘No, you do not need a new stick!’ We love watching YouTube highlight reels; the whole family loves going to Nashville Predators games and watching the Stanley Cup Final together.”

He added, “And I am a proud member of a beer league team here in Nashville. To get to add NHL Awards host to this list is truly an honor.”

The 2023 NHL Awards opened a week of NHL activities in Nashville. In conjunction with the City of Nashville and the Nashville Predators, the NHL will stage the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bridgestone Arena on June 28-29.

Many country stars stepped on the NHL stage as Jelly Roll, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch, and more appeared on the awards and red carpet before the show.

We gathered some images from the NHL star-studded event that went a little bit country this week.

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