Following Nathan’s lead, here are my two most fond Predators memories and I too invite you to leave what your favorite hockey memory happens to be…
This answer has to be prefaced with I’ve only been a Predators fan for two seasons. Don’t stop reading! I’m a life-long hockey fan but grew up in Canada and followed the New York Rangers religiously. As soon as I moved to Tennessee for my job, I bought a car for the sole purpose of driving into downtown Nashville to buy Predators season tickets. I had the tickets even before my furniture had arrived from up north. So I have three moments that stick out in my mind.
Epic Preds Moment #1
As I said, I bought the season tickets as soon as I moved to Nashville and it was in the middle of the summer. By time the hockey season started, I was still a devoted Rangers fan who was supporting local hockey… but that all changed and my first wondering moment as a Preds fan actually came 1300 miles away from the Bridgestone Arena.
I went home to Canada for Christmas in December of 2008. At home, I listened to the Preds games on the internet. When my friends would call me to invite me out, I would decline if the Preds had a game and being in the Atlantic Time Zone, if the Preds were playing, it was an all-night event for me.
I knew then, when I said I was too busy to see my friends who I only see twice a year (Holidays and Summer vacation), that I was a true Predators fan. And when I arrived back to Tennessee, the first thing I did was buy a Shea Weber jersey.
Epic Preds Moment #2
My first tv time out standing ovation. The game was against the dreaded San Jose Sharks. On March 26, 2009, the Nashville Predators were trailing 2-0 midway through the second period. In less than two minutes the Predators would score three goals (Radek Bonk, Martin Erat and a blast from Greg Zanon) to take a 3-2 lead. At the next tv timeout the crowd stood to cheer on the boys. And they kept cheering. And cheering. And howling for that matter. The cheering didn’t end and no one sat down until the puck was about to be dropped.
I get teary eyed thinking about it even now.
The first time experiencing that special event that happens no where else in the NHL (to my knowledge) was an amazing feeling. I was proud to be a part of the cheer.
Nashville held on to win 3-2 which made the experience even better.
Epic Predators Moment #3
Speaking of cheering… Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals was the first time ever I saw an NHL playoff game live. It had everything.
The game was delayed at the start because of the massive cheering that derailed and disarmed everyone on the ice. The players would go on to comment about it last in the week.
The game had a penalty shot. Martin Erat scored for Nashville.
The game was a Predators victory. In fact Nashville manhandled Chicago by a convincing 4-1 score… and it wasn’t like a 4-1 score in game one when the Predators got two empty net goals.
And the night ended with Predators fans cheering their way out of the building from the top level of the Bridge to the street outside.
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