Nashville Predators Year in Review: July-Dec. 2013
On the first day of NHL free agency, the Preds made a splash, signing more players in one day than had ever been done in franchise history.
8.31 Preds staff and community volunteers build KaBOOM! Playground for Purpose Prep Academy
More than 200 volunteers from the Nashville Predators staff and other companies in the Middle Tennessee area built a playground for Purpose Prep Academy in conjunction with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to making sure that children have a safe place to play available in their community.
Many new faces joined the Preds for training camp at the start of the 2013-14 season. Following a few days getting acclimated to Music City and team facilities, the Preds hit the road to Florida, where they took part in training camp and team-building exercises in Naples, and exhibition games in Sunrise and Tampa.
The Preds first home game of the 2013-14 season took place against the Minnesota Wild. Opening night saw two of Nashville’s rookies make a big splash as Filip Forsberg recorded his first NHL goal and Seth Jones recorded his first career NHL point. The Preds would win the game 3-2.
10.9 Ground is broken for the new rink in Southeastern Davidson County
Hockey sticks with shovels replacing the handles were the tools of choice as Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, representatives from the Preds and the city, and players Seth Jones and David Legwand were on hand to commemorate the start of construction on the new rink near Hickory Hollow.
The Nashville Sports Council and the Southeastern Conference announced a historic partnership that will bring 12 consecutive SEC Basketball Championships to Bridgestone Arena.
"The entire Nashville community is honored to be named as the host city for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and have the opportunity to continue to host the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament during the next 12 years,” said Scott Ramsey, President & CEO, Nashville Sports Council. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the SEC and ESPN to create a showcase event for SEC basketball teams, coaches and fans."
Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators, was nominated for the 2013 Pollstar Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Arena has been honored with this nomination.
“We take pride in keeping this arena at the forefront of the industry,” Bridgestone Arena and Nashville Predators COO Sean Henry said, “From the quality of shows that take the stage and the number of fans who walk through the doors. Our employees are committed and deliver a world-class experience for guests, performers and players.”
The Nashville Predators Foundation, an integral part of the Nashville Predators organization, was honored by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Davidson County, the Nashville Business Journal and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Nashville Chapter for their philanthropic work in Nashville and the surrounding communities of Middle Tennessee.
Following a time that saw its main tenant, the Nashville Predators, away for 22 of the previous 24 days, Bridgestone Arena hosted nine events in as many days leading up to Thanksgiving. The nine events included four hockey games and the following shows: George Jones Tribute, Rob Zombie and KORN, Paramore, Kanye West and the Story Tour.
12.3 Marek Mazanec named NHL Rookie of the Month for November
Marek Mazanec posted a 5-4-1 record, a 2.00 goals-against-average, a .932 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 appearances and was named NHL Rookie of the Month for November.
Hutton went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against-average, a .960 save percentage to lead the Preds to their second three-game winning streak of the season.
12.21 The Preds and Bridgestone Arena officially open the Nissan SoBro Entrance
A number of renovations took place at Bridgestone Arena in 2013, with one of the most visible being the re-design of the entrance on the south side of the building. The new Nissan SoBro entrance was opened as an option for fans to enter and leave the building for the first time on Dec. 21 as the Preds took on the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to the new LED screens added to that side of the building, the new entrance will soon include a pub and Preds Pro Shop.