Team Name and Logo

Predators name and logo rooted in history

The Predators unveiled their logo, a saber-toothed tiger, in Nashville's downtown First American Center on September 25, 1997, 26 years after a fang and foreleg bone of a saber-toothed tiger were found in a cave just below the building's address.

In May of 1971, excavation began at the downtown Nashville site of what today is the 28-story First American Center.  Construction workers drilled through 20 feet of solid rock before coming to a soft muddy area.  Further digging revealed a cave containing the nine-inch fang and a foreleg bone of a saber-toothed tiger, extinct for at least 10,000 years.

Radiocarbon tests on the specimen revealed that it could have possibly been one of the last of its breed to exist.  Scientists believe that some time during the last glacial period (15,000-80,000 years ago) part of the cave was the den of the saber-toothed tiger.

The discovery, made in August 1971, marks only the fifth of its kind in North America. The cave, located beneath the building, is preserved under concrete for historic and educational purposes.

The saber-toothed tiger logo was co-designed by JDK Design of Burlington, Vermont and Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence of Nashville.

 

    
On November 13, 1997, the saber-toothed tiger logo was unveiled for the first time with the Predators insignia attached to it. On February 12, 1998, Head Coach Barry Trotz and Assistant Coach Paul Gardner unveiled the Predators’ inaugural home and away jerseys at Cool Springs Galleria.

On November 21, 2001, the Predators debuted a third jersey with a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena. The jersey featured an “animated” saber-tooth tiger logo on the crest and tiger skulls on the shoulders. It was retired following the 2006-07 season.

For the 2007-08 season, the Predators, along with the other 29 NHL teams, introduced the Rbk EDGE Uniform System to further meet the performance demands of today’s player.

The Predators would debut a new third jersey on November 27, 2009 against the St. Louis Blues. The sweaters, which features a vintage-inspired lace-up front, a subtle checkerboard pattern lining the bottom of the jersey, and a bolder and more simplified color scheme, were worn for the past two seasons, but will be set aside in 2011-12, making way for the first logo and color scheme redesign in franchise history.

The logo and uniforms for the 2011-12 season were designed to develop a powerful, long-term brand message and help infuse new life into the Nashville Predators imagery and brand with a more contemporary, aggressive, streamlined logo that still maintains the basic Pred Head concept. A new secondary logo was also designed to represent the state flag of Tennessee and Nashville’s Music City heritage simultaneously, with a guitar pick shape incorporating the three stars of the state’s three grand divisions – West, Middle and East. The “Predators Gold” sweaters create a distinctive, dominant, bold look that balances traditional elements of classic uniforms, with those unique to Nashville — guitar strings in the numbering and lettering, fangs in the neck area and piano keys on the inside of the collars.
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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