Every NHL team has one. They help get the fans involved. They pump up the crowd. They turn otherwise dull moments at a game into exciting ones. They are Mascots and the for the Nashville Predators the name is GNASH. When you walk into Bridgestone Arena there he is making you smile, helping to raise your intensity or bring back fond childhood memories.
Mascots also have an easy time entreating fans of all ages. If you’re a child, a mascot is something to hug and watch even if you’re an adult — be honest — you crack a smile after you high-five your team’s biggest supporter.
The history and story behind GNASH is an intriguing one. You can read the entire story on the Nashville Predators website, but I’m going to give you the shortened version here.
GNASH’s age is unknown, but he was discovered in 1994 buried under what is now Bridgestone Arena.
Then in 1994, while digging the foundations for the new Nashville Arena (now called Bridgestone Arena), an even greater discovery was made. Deep beneath the surface, down where the earth is cold and dark, the drills and jackhammers unearthed a beast, a baby saber tooth tiger, completely frozen in a huge block of ice. The site had obviously laid undisturbed for millions of years.
The crew placed the frozen cub in the center of the Center to thaw. When they returned the next morning, the ice had melted and the creature was gone. They searched for days, but never found him. They feared that he was gone forever, but they were wrong. The little beast had gone in search of other tigers in this strange new world.
Now GNASH the “Mascot” can only be found where Predators fans unite. He may not play for the team, but he is the face of the team to many children and adult fans alike.
Patrick is an Editor and Social Media Manager for @TMMOTS. He is also a Staff Writer for @Buffalowdown. He has been voicing his thoughts on sports for years, and is willing to call out teams, or leagues when it needs to be done.