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10th Anniversary Profile: Tom Fitzgerald

Wednesday, 02.20.2008 / 7:10 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th Anniversary Profile: Tom Fitzgerald
The first captain of the Nashville Predators knew he was undertaking quite a responsibility when he was named the franchise’s first captain on July 6, 1998. Not only did he have to be the voice of the team, but he had to help mentor the prospects in the system, helping them blossom into the NHL’s elite.

“It was a fantastic honor, and my proudest moment as a player to be named captain,” Fitzgerald said. “For David Poile, Barry Trotz and Craig Leipold to think of me in that regard to lead a young team in the right direction was a tremendous honor. I held wearing the ‘C’ in high esteem and I am thankful for that, and the Predator organization. To see them grow to where they are now, I’d like to think I had a hand in that – watching the growth of guys like Legwand, Hartnell and Timonen. It taught me a lot about winning championships from within.”

Fitzgerald played 307 games in four seasons with the team from 1998-2002 as part of a 1,097-game career which spanned 17 seasons from 1988-2006. Under his watch, the Predators made giant strides toward the playoff team they would become in 2004 – the pillars of that team went from prospects to team leaders. He also pitched 42 goals and 88 points in his Preds tenure.

Upon retiring, the Billerica , Mass., native went to work for his hometown Bruins, one of seven teams he played for, as a television analyst on the New England Sports Network. In the summer of 2007, “Fitzy” headed to the front office, now serving as Director of Player Development for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36