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Weber, Rinne Surprise Lucky Fans With Season Tickets

Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 5:11 PM CT / Fan Zone
By Bryan Mullen
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Weber, Rinne Surprise Lucky Fans With Season Tickets
It started off as a typical workday for Julie Kapelan, a diehard Nashville Predators fan since 1999.

Nothing was out of the ordinary in the anesthesiology department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Wednesday. Early in the afternoon, however, she was told by a superior to attend a mandatory meeting in room No. 716.

“I thought I was in trouble for something because no one would say anything to me,” Kapelan, 40, said. “I’m thinking this is going to be the worst day ever and what if I’m getting fired? What did I do?”

She had no reason to worry.

When she walked into the meeting room, Predators Captain Shea Weber and star goaltender Pekka Rinne were inside, holding a box with her season tickets. Kapelan, dressed in scrubs, brought her hands immediately to her face, where tears surfaced seconds later.

“As soon as I saw Pekka, I thought, “Is that really Pekka?” Kapelan said with a laugh afterwards. “Then I saw Shea and it got even better. It was amazing. I love these guys.”

Hugs were shared, laughs boomed and relief was felt. She said she was upset with herself that she wasn’t wearing any Predators clothing, until it was pointed out that a Predators logo could be seen near her neckline peaking out from her t-shirt.

“Oh, wow, I guess I am,” she said with a laugh.

Kapelan was a partial season-ticket holder last year and became a full season-ticket holder for the 2011-12 season. She was wondering why her tickets had not been mailed yet, not knowing that a special delivery was on the way.

“I was thinking I know I paid and usually I get them by now,” Kapelan said. “And I knew there is a game next week. I thought it was a little odd. I was checking the mail every day. I know I’m a total dork, but I wanted to post a picture of my season tickets on Facebook.”

She has a little bit of a better picture to post now, her standing next to a Vezina Trophy finalist and a Norris Trophy finalist.

“You never know what kind of responses you’re going to get,” Weber said. “To see people react when they see you, it’s kind of crazy and hard to believe you can make some people so emotional.”

Earlier in the day, Weber and Rinne surprised employees at Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation, including CEO Carl Haley.

“It is awesome to surprise our fans like this,” Rinne said. “It’s exciting for us to do this and it’s exciting for them. We were lucky to meet a couple of really big fans. It was special.”

Other Predators players who participated in surprising season ticket holders with their tickets included Blake Geoffrion, Ryan Suter, Patric Hornqvist, Jordin Tootoo and Kevin Klein.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36