10th Anniversary: The Inaugural Game

Wednesday, 10.3.2007 / 3:21 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
Nashville Predators
Share with your Friends

10th Anniversary: The Inaugural Game
J.J. Daigneault skates prior to the game on Oct. 13, 1998
10th Anniversary Highlights

October 10, 1998: The Inaugural Game

Nashville witnessed its first regular-season NHL game as the Predators kicked off their inaugural season in grand fashion. Though the Preds fell 1-0 to the Florida Panthers behind the lone tally from Ray Whitney, a sellout crowd of 17,283 provided an electric atmosphere for the historic event.

A combination of civic pride and high-tech entertainment was on display.  The game was preceded by a day’s worth of festivities, as players and team personnel made a grand entrance to the Sommet Center, pulling up in Army Humvees and walking down a red carpet surrounded by thousands of cheering fans. An elaborate laser show and instructions on the team’s unique “Fang Finger” taunt warmed up those in attendance as they counted down the minutes before the first puck was dropped.

NashvillePredators.com is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and NashvillePredators.com are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

NHL Ticket Exchange | Bridgestone Arena | Contact Us | Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map | AdChoices