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Middle Tennessee Sport Seasons Stocked With New Preds Jerseys

Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 6:41 PM CT / Fan Zone
By Bryan Mullen
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Middle Tennessee Sport Seasons Stocked With New Preds Jerseys
Nashville Predators fans streamed into the four Sport Seasons locations in Middle Tennessee on Thursday to be among the first to own the brand-new Predators jerseys.

“You never know how it’s going to be when there is something new like this is released but the response has been great,” said Lance Bowers, an apparel buyer for Tennessee-based Sport Seasons. “The jersey looks great. It’s very basic and bright. I think people really like them.”

When Sport Seasons partnered with the Predators to be the exclusive jersey launch-day location, Bowers had to plan ahead. He had previously planned to have Reebok send separate shipments in September, November and December, but sensing a strong rush by Predators fans on launch day, he combined all three orders into one.

It proved to be good planning. The four Sport Seasons locations had special 6 a.m. early-bird openings and Predators fans took full advantage.

The Cool Springs location had a party-like atmosphere. Predators dancers and GNASH were on hand, and the Predators flagship station, 102.5 The Game, held a live remote from 4-6 p.m.

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Some lucky fans also received free tickets to the regular season home opener on Oct. 13. The Predators official Twitter handle, @PredsNHL, asked fans to come to the Cool Springs location, find the ticket table inside, and say, “Smashville,” to win free tickets.

One of the winners was Bill Beydler, 51. His son 21-year-old son Chase lives in Crossville and saw the Tweet. He called his dad who lives in Franklin.

“He said, ‘Go over there and see if you can get those tickets,” Bill said with a laugh. He scored the two tickets and said he is looking forward to attending the game.

“I’ve been to other NHL arenas,” Bill said. “But the atmosphere in Bridgestone Arena engages the fans more than anywhere else I’ve been. The team always plays with energy. It’s just fun. It’s great family entertainment.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00