The Nashville Predators, despite being a fairly young team, are not afraid to make big waves. From playoff upsets to shocking trades, there’s no doubt that the Predators are a fascinating team to watch. While their last playoff appearance ended rather spectacularly, they aren’t a team to be underestimated.
Arena: Bridgestone Arena
AHL Affiliate: Milwaukee Admirals
Owner: Predators Holdings
Coach: Peter Laviolette
Notable Former Players: Shea Weber (LOL
Current Captain: Mike Fisher
Goalies: Pekka Rinne, Marek Mazanec
Notable Current Players: P.K. Subban (LOL), Roman Josi, James Neal, Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg
In June of 1997, Gary Bettman granted conditional franchises to Nashville, Columbus, Atlanta, and Saint Paul. Because Nashville already had an arena built after an attempt to get the New Jersey Devils to relocate to Nashville, the Predators were the first of the four to begin play.
When construction began for a bank in downtown Nashville in 1971, a partial skeleton of a sabretooth tiger was found. This became the inspiration for the logo that was created for the Predators, and then a name was picked to match the logo.
Predators’ fans sometimes throw catfish onto the ice, a tradition modified off the Red Wings octopus.
In 1981, the Minnesota North Stars had a minor league affiliate in Nashville, the Nashville South Stars.
Bob Suter, who played for the USA in the 1980’s miracle on ice, played his only professional hockey season with the Nashville North Stars. Ryan Suter, his son, played for the Predators for seven seasons.
The Predators made their first Stanley Cup playoffs debut in 2004, but lost the Red Wings in the first round. They have never appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Predators helped Montreal break the internet on June 29, 2016, when they made the extremely bizarre 1-for-1 trade Shea Weber for P.K. Subban.