Understanding Predators chants and Stanley Cup Playoffs traditions at Bridgestone Arena
The Nashville Predators boast one of the most enthralling and loud fan bases in all of professional sports, and their home is Bridgestone Arena. When attending a Predators home playoff game in the coming weeks, it is important to be aware of the traditions that exist at Bridgestone Arena. Many of the traditions are only intended to annoy visiting players and spectators, and the majority of them are unique to Music City itself.
What do Nashville Predators fans chant?
If you happen to be a goalkeeper who has just conceded a goal to the Predators, you should be ashamed of yourself. The goal is signaled by the sound of the horn, followed by a video of Tim McGraw praising the goal on the jumboscreen, followed by The Black Keys’ “Gold on the Ceiling” being played as the fans take over, with chants of “you suck” thrown in for good measure, and finally the words “we’re going to beat the hell out of you” resonating throughout the arena. ‘IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!’ says the speaker.
After public address announcer Paul McCann has officially announced who has scored, the crowd takes control for a few minutes until the game is done.
He pulls the trigger.
You’re a jerk.” Finally, Section 303, also known as the Cellblock, leads a chant in which they call out the name of the opposition goalkeeper and accuse him of enabling the goal.
So much heckling
According to the cries of the audience, everyone and everything that is not in gold is a loser. Give up on a dream? “You’re a sucka,” the audience chants. After each of the visiting players is brought into the stadium before to the start of the game, you can expect to hear the same response from the fans. And when the visiting coach is announced, things get much more interesting. “Yeah, he’s a sucka as well.” It is, in fact, professional ice hockey. It does, however, have the atmosphere of a college football game.
A resounding “Thank you, Paul!” rings out from the stands when arena announcer Paul McCann announces that there is one minute remaining in the period.
TV time out standing ovation
A commercial break occurs at some point throughout the game, generally in the third quarter but occasionally right after big plays, during which spectators stand, yell, applaud, and cheer as the television feed is interrupted. The noise level in the arena remains at this level until the game restarts.
‘It’s Frosty time!’
If the Predators score four goals in a game, every fan in attendance will receive a free Frosty as a result of a deal with Wendy’s.
With three goals in the third period, expect to hear cries of “we wants Frostys!” from Nashville’s fans, who have been treated to a little too much this season as the club has finished eighth in the league in goals scored this season.
Going country for the Star-Spangled Banner
In 2017, a new tradition was established. Carrie Underwood astonished and delighted the fans at Bridgestone Arena by performing the national anthem before Game 3 of the Predators’ first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. There had been no prior announcement of her performance. Through Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, an unannounced country music celebrity sang the Star-Spangled Banner at every home game for the rest of the season. The event featured performances by Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, and Vince Gill and his daughters, among others.
2018 saw Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascall Flatts, and Sheryl Crow all have their chance to sing the national anthem, proving that they knew what they were doing.
Unhappy about being outshone by country performances, the singer of the Predators anthem is disgruntled.
For the past many years, a trash automobile emblazoned with the colors and emblems of Nashville’s opponent has been parked in front of the arena and systematically destroyed. in order to raise money for charity For $5 for one hit or $10 for three hits, fans may smash the automobile with a sledgehammer as hard as they are able. The money will be donated to the Predators Foundation, which provides assistance to adolescents and families in the local community. The car is smashed into a cube and exhibited next to the next unfortunate automobile if the Predators win that specific series.
Fans of the Nashville Predators flip an automobile in front of Bridgestone Arena.
Tennesseean / George Walker IV / George Walker IV
We can’t forget about the catfish, can we? The ritual, which is said to have been inspired by the Detroit Red Wings’ habit of throwing octopuses on the ice, dates back to at least 2003 and is carried out throughout every postseason contest. While Nashville and its catfish throwing have been well-known across the NHL for years, the phenomenon reached a fever pitch last year as a result of the extra media attention during the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville. A guy was escorted out of PPG Paints Arena by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pittsburgh police arrested him and charged him with three misdemeanors.
Briley Meeks, a resident of Goodlettsville, gained national attention late in the 2018 regular season when she sent two catfish to the NHL’s headquarters in Toronto, expressing her dissatisfaction with an officiating decision that went against the Predators.
SOMETHING FISHY HAPPENS: Everything you need to know about the Predators’ catfish-throwing ritual can be found on their website.
Predators fans’ catfish game was elevated with the help of costumes and decorations during the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. WHEN ‘Catfish Briley’ submitted a catfish to the National Hockey League, she had no idea what she was thinking.
Predators playoffs schedule
- Game 1 in Nashville: Dallas wins 3-2 and takes a 1-0 lead in the series. Game 2 is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Nashville. Fox Sports Tennessee and CNBC will broadcast on Saturday. Game 3 in Dallas is scheduled at 8:30 p.m. On Monday, April 15, Fox Sports Tennessee and NBC Sports Network will be broadcasting. Game 4 in Dallas is scheduled for 7 p.m. On Wednesday, April 17, Fox Sports Tennessee will broadcast in the United States. Game 5 at Nashville (if necessary): Saturday, April 20 (time to be determined). Game 6 at Dallas (if necessary): Monday, April 22 (time to be determined). Game 7 in Nashville (if necessary): TBD on Wednesday, April 24
- Game 8 in Atlanta: TBD on Wednesday, April 24
Why Nashville Predators Chants Are Loud, Mean, and Hilarious
Images courtesy of Dave Sandford and the National Hockey League via Getty Images You suck! He scores, you suck! He scores, you suck! “It’s entirely your fault! ” “It’s entirely your own fault!” “We’re going to beat the living daylights out of you, you, you.” “He’s a sucka! “He’s a sucka as well!” If you go to a Nashville Predators game, you’ll hear exactly what I’m talking about. Apart from hurling catfish onto the ice, the supporters have another tradition that they are quite proud of: ruthlessly heckling the opposition team with a series of well-rehearsed chants, much like 17,000 schoolyard bullies, throughout the first period.
With their synchronized insults, they’ve become so passionate that they’ve come dangerously close to breaking the Guinness World Record for the loudest audience at an indoor sporting event.
It all started in the nosebleeds
For years before the city of Nashville ever had an NHL franchise, it was mostly a minor league hockey town, with an ECHL club known as the Knights battling it out in the considerably more lowbrow Municipal Auditorium prior to the construction of the present EnormoDome on Broadway in 1989. When the Predators joined the NHL for the 1998-99 season, a group of die-hard Knights supporters made the move to the big leagues, and three of them elected to organize a cheering section in the lower levels of the arena.
To make the games more exciting, the buddies devised a variety of insults and chants, some of which were original, others which were adapted from minor league and college hockey traditions, and some which were influenced by European soccer hooligans, to be used throughout the games.
An concept that started out as something completely random – simply, “let’s grab some season tickets up in the rafters and come up with some amusing insults” – evolved into something that is now an annual ritual.
They have specific targets
The city of Nashville was a decidedly minor league hockey town even before it was home to an NHL club, with an ECHL team known as the Knights battling it out in the much more lowbrow Municipal Auditorium prior to the construction of the current EnormoDome on Broadway. When the Predators joined the NHL for the 1998-99 season, a group of die-hard Knights supporters made the move to the big leagues, and three of them elected to form a cheering section in the lower levels of the arena. A new band, Cellblock 303, was formed under the leadership of music manager Mark Hollingsworth, alias The Warden, and named after the number of their area.
Some were unique, while others were adapted from minor league and college hockey traditions, and some were influenced by European soccer hooligans.
An concept that started out as something completely random – simply, “let’s grab some season tickets up in the rafters and come up with some humorous insults” – evolved into something that is now an annual event. Sports Photographer Bruce Bennett/Getty Image
They’re musically inclined, too
After all, this is the Music City, so it should come as no surprise that the residents of Nashville are excellent at screaming in time to the music (and sometimes, in multi-part harmony). However, it is after the goals that the supporters truly demonstrate their musical prowess. When the Predators score, there’s no turning down the volume on the television; instead, the audience sings along to a modified version of local star Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It,” which then transitions into “Gold on the Ceiling” by relocated Nashville rockers The Black Keys.
They also chant for free food
Another chant you could hear is related to a program with local Wendy’s restaurants, in which supporters can earn a free Frosty if the Predators score four or more goals in a game. “Let’s go Predators!” is replaced by “We want Frostys!” when the Predators score a third goal. “Let’s go Predators!” is replaced by “We want Frostys!” when the Predators score a fourth goal. This caused some misunderstanding during a game against the Penguins a few years ago, when a local sports journalist believed supporters were insulting Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby by screaming “We want Crosby!” during the third period.
- On Sunday, when the series goes to Nashville for Game 6, you could heard some crasser stuff like that.
- If all goes according to plan, the 17,000 fans at Bridgestone Arena and the 100,000 or so people watching outside will be singing “you stink!” and “it’s all your fault!” again throughout the night, and then making arrangements to watch Game 7 on television.
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- He likes to keep his penguins in zoos, rather than in the wild.
Three Better Predators Playoff Chants
The Nashville Predators defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games in their first-round series. They will meet the cunning Winnipeg Jets in the second round of the playoffs, in what is expected to be a highly-anticipated matchup. It has been praised for the way Predators supporters, many of whom reside in non-traditional hockey markets, have embraced the game, and even came close to breaking the Guinness World Record for the loudest audience at an indoor sporting event.
Nevertheless, let’s be honest. The Predators’ chants are monotone and uninspiring, and they do not reflect Nashville’s reputation as “Music City.” Please consider what I’m saying.
Nashville Predators are Contenders
Let’s get a few things out of the way first. The Predators are a real contender in the Western Conference. In addition to being fascinating to watch, they have depth where it counts. To be completely transparent, they are my pick to win the Stanley Cup this season. It is gratifying to watch Nashville’s hockey club perform so well, and to see the city’s hockey supporters get enthused about the team and the sport. The Predators are hoping for a lot more reasons to rejoice in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports) Fans of the Nashville Predators have recreated the bizarre hockey practice of tossing marine creatures onto the ice; in Nashville, they hurl catfish onto the rink.
- It’s deafeningly loud and unrelenting.
- Some shouts have garnered some prominence, such as “He shoots, he scores, you suckers!” and “He scores, you suckers!” “It’s entirely your fault!
- “He’s a sucka as well!” The chant you’ll hear the most often, though, is one that follows a Nashville Predators goal.
- “Murray, Murray, Murray,” was the chant during the Predators’ game against the Penguins last season.
- It is entirely your responsibility!
- The difficulty is that this chant occurs regardless of whatever way you look at it.
- Music is the foundation of Nashville, and it serves as a common thread that connects the city’s life and spirit to its citizens.
- Nashville’s status as a creative, music-filled city was cemented in 1925 with the foundation of radio station WSM and the broadcasting of the Grand Ole Opry, which would later become known as the Grand Ole Opry.
- (Photo courtesy of Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports) Nashville is a city where live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week.
- Every every day in Nashville, new music is composed, produced, and performed by a variety of artists.
Three Better Options
While not strictly a chant, one suggestion is to use the mushroom sound effect from the Super Mario Bros. video game. Those are the words you hear at the Pepsi Center after the Colorado Avalanche effectively kill a penalty, as some fans are well aware of. It’s a fantastic concept. What better way to make fun of the team you defeated in the first round than to use their sound effects in your own games? Fans, on the other hand, require more than just sound effects. Here’s one suggestion: be imaginative.
- Last season, an average of more than 23 million Americans tuned in to see each episode.
- She is forced to go from the Great Sept of Baelor to the Red Keep, escorted by members of the Faith Militant, after being stripped of her garments.
- When the Predators are awarded a penalty shot, their fans should follow suit.
- It is a crossover chant that has previously been employed for a variety of different reasons.
- In lieu of being negative with the “you stink” rhetoric, it would be wonderful to see Predators supporters become joyful.
- What song do you think they should sing?
- What if you channeled all of that fan passion into a celebration of your home state?
- The Osborne Brothers were the first to record it, and it has since been covered by a variety of artists, including the Everly Brothers, Lynn Anderson, and even Phish.
- While rooting for their team during what many expect to be a lengthy postseason run, Predators supporters can and should do better.
- Rocky Top’s chorus may be heard below.
- Rocky Top, you’ll always be a part of my heart and my soul.
Rocky Top is a good ol’ time. Rocky Top, Tennessee is a town in the state of Tennessee. Rocky Top, Tennessee is a town in the state of Tennessee. By profession, I’m a criminologist. Habs supporter for the rest of my life. Beer League hockey player with aspirations.
Here are some of the more well-known chants, or watch the video below if you want to learn visually.
When Paul’s announcing the visiting team’s starting lineup:
Here are some of the more well-known chants, or watch the video below if you want to learn through visuals.
After Predators goal during “Gold On The Ceiling,”:
HEY! YOU ARE AWFUL! HEY! YOU ARE AWFUL! I’m going to beat the living daylights out of you! I swear to you, I swear to you, that’s exactly what we’re going to do!” (or you, you, you, and you and you and you and you)
After the goal is announced and the Saber Tooth Tiger roars the number of goals scored:
“THAT’S ONE!” says the Saber Tooth after the initial roar. “THAT’S TWO!” yells the Saber Tooth after the second roar. “THAT’S THREE!” yells the Saber Tooth after the third roar. I’d like to thank you (GOALIE’S LAST NAME), and may we please have another? “HE SHOOTS….HE SCORES….YOU SUCK!!” he says.
Watch for start-up signal from the guys in front and center of 303
OSSSS-GOOOD OSSSS-GOOOD (example) OSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS (then)IT”S ALL YOUR FAULTIT”S ALL YOUR FAULTIT”S ALL YOUR FAULTIT”S ALL YOUR FAULTIT”S ALL YOUR FAULTIT”S ALL YOUR FAULTIT”S (repeat until it dies out)
Usually during 2nd period, Goalie’s two syllable last name, followed by “Lo-ser!”
OS-GOOD (as an illustration): LO-SER! OS-GOOD! LO-SER! OS-GOOD! LO-SER! (Repeat until psychiatric assistance is required) When the opposing player is knocked out: 1, 2, 3, 4, HE HIT THE ICE FLOOR IN A THROW! Five, six, seven, and eight: WHERE THE HELL DID YOU LEARN TO SKATE?
When the game is getting dull, or the Predators need to liven up the crowd:
GET UP AND SMASH SOMEONE! ANYONE CAN BE ATTACKED! HIT EVERYONE WITH IT!
When the opposition ices the puck (to the tune of “If You’re Happy”):
Icing the puck is the best course of action if you’re a dud. Icing the puck is the best way to deal with a horrible situation. (clap clap) If you’re lousy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you’re horrible and you know it, ice the puck! (clap clap)If you’re crappy and you know it, ice the puck! If none of those options are working for you, keep a watch on Mark, the Warden of the Cellblock. (clap clap) From time to time, he will bring a joke out of the archives that makes the audience chuckle.
Ruthless Nashville Predators chants include ‘it’s all your fault’ after goals
Predators supporters demonstrated on a national platform on Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee, that they have one of the most passionate and rowdy fanbases in all of hockey by erupting in a standing ovation. Nashville has gone from being a fringe hockey town in 1998 to having one of the top sports atmospheres in the world 19 years later, thanks to anything from tossing catfish on the ice to smashing a car with the opponent’s emblem on it. Let’s get this over with. It was reported that catfish were completely sold out across the area on game day, according to NHL on NBC.
- We have made a total of 13 phone calls to various locations in Nashville today in order to obtain a catfish.
- StanleyCuppic.twitter.com/3cxdQtJFWM – NHL broadcast on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) The 4th of June, 2017 Audie Adams’ custom-painted Penguins-branded automobile was demolished on the plaza outside Bridgestone Arena before Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals.
- Once inside Bridgestone Arena, the Predators franchise incorporates images from its brand and pays homage to the city’s rural history, resulting in one of the most genuine and one-of-a-kind sporting environments in the world.
- Before the game began, the audience demonstrated their ruthlessness by booing the other team.
- Pens head coach Mike Sullivan was likewise humiliated after being presented as the Bridgestone Arena crowd exclaimed in unison: “He stinks too!
- Prior to the game, country music diva Martina McBrides sang the national anthem, andHank Williams, Jr.
- The Predators fell behind 1-0 early in the game as Jake Guentzel scored less than two minutes into the contest.
Every time the Predators score a goal, they blast their goal horn and play the song I Like It I Love It by Tim McGraw.
A “It’s all your fault” chorus greeted Matt Murray after the goals were announced, echoing the cries heard following Capitals goals at Verizon Center in the previous season.
He gets the job done.
You are a jerk!
“It is entirely your fault.” Alan May, a former Capitals player who now works as a CSN Mid-Atlantic commentator, was in the lower bowl for Game Three and told me that it was the “most fantastic hockey game I’ve ever witnessed.” June agreed, saying that the goaltender chant, as well as the entrance chants, were “hilarious.” The Oilers have won three Stanley Cups since I was a child, and I was an extra AHL farmhand with them in 1988 when they won the Cup.
It’s always surreal to be in this environment.” May, who came to Washington as a result of a trade facilitated by previous general manager David Poile, expressed his admiration for what his former boss had done.
Due to the presence of relatable stars and a long tradition of country music, this southern city is quickly becoming a hockey hotspot.
And, of course, five catfish were tossed into the ice to correspond to the five goals scored by the Predators. Some fish being handled with a stickpic.twitter.com/YmzEixWYSq — Steph (@myregularface) on Twitter 3rd of June, 2017 Nashville, don’t stop being strange.
Nashville’s raucous chant tradition started with just 3 fans
The Predators’ supporters, with their inventive chants, have emerged as the not-so-quiet breakout stars of the Stanley Cup final, but the players who got it all started have been at it for quite some time. (Photo courtesy of Mark Humphrey/Associated Press) You’ve probably heard the chorus by now. The Nashville Predators needed a major lift in the Stanley Cup finals after falling down by two games to none — and they received it from their own supporters. After the Nashville Predators took a 2-1 lead in Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators’ home crowd erupted in a now-famous insult thrown at Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray.
But where did the chorus come from in the first place?
In accordance with their website, Lee Swartz, Mark Hollingsworth, and Kurt Andress, united by their love of hockey and excitement about a new expansion franchise being established in Nashville, purchased season tickets in the “cheap seats” so that they could bring friends and family with them to the games.
- Soon after, the three guys established friends with other season-ticket holders in the vicinity of their seats, and a fan club was formed.
- ‘It’s rather incredible to hear 17,000 people shout ‘you stink!’ in perfect unison against an opposition goaltender,” Swartz recalls of the experience of hearing the chant.
- Almost two decades later, the shouts are still a regular feature at Predators home games.
- Smashville supporters are gaining a reputation as some of the most fervent and loud in the league as time progresses.
- brbr They’ve all been snapped up.
Question: What do nashville predators fans chant?
The Predators’ fans were yelling in unison in their seats prior to, during, and after Game 3 on Sunday. Everything from something as basic as “Go Preds Go” to cries as complex as “He shoots, he scores, you stink!” can be heard. Murray, you’re a jerk! “It’s entirely your own fault!”
- Predators supporters chanted in unison before, during, and after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. You may sing anything you want, from a simple “Go Preds Go” to a sophisticated “He shoots, he scores, you suck!” Mr. Murray, you’re an absolute moron! I blame you for everything!” he said.
What are the chants of Nashville Predators fans? The Predators’ fans were yelling in unison in their seats prior to, during, and after Game 3 on Sunday. From chants as basic as “Go Preds Go,” to shouts as complex as “He shoots, he scores, you stink!,” there is something for everyone.
What do preds fans chant after a goal?
There has been a lot of jeering. Is it time to give up agoal? “You’re a sucka,” the audience yells. After each of the visiting players is brought into the stadium before to the start of the game, you can expect to hear the same response from the fans.
Why do predators fans throw catfish?
Throwing catfish is not something that predators will support. A few seasons ago, NHL officials issued a warning to the franchise, stating that they would begin issuing delay-of-game fines if the custom caused a disruption in a game. As a result, the custom was changed to include throwing the catfish before to the commencement of the games.
What should I wear to the Nashville Predators game?
What to Wear to a Predators Hockey Game is a style guide for hockey fans.
- Hockey jersey, boots, and a felt hat
- Hockey shirt, denim skirt, and booties
- Hockey jersey, boots, and a felt hat A grey t-shirt dress, sparkly Kids, and a chambray shirt are all on the agenda. Tee-shirt, pants, and a baseball hat worn backwards
- Jersey, pants, and a beanie are all you need.
Why are the Nashville Predators called the Predators?
The First American National Bank’s logo is a nod to a fragmentary Smilodon skeleton that was discovered beneath downtown Nashville in 1971, during the construction of the building that would become the bank. When it came time to pick a name for the team, the organization polled the fans. The Ice Tigers, Fury, and Attack were the three contenders that were selected for the position.
Why do they throw rats on the ice in Florida?
When the franchise moved to the Miami Arena for the third season of the NHL season, the tale started. In the days leading up to the Panthers’ home opener on October 8, 1995, forward Scott Mellanby killed arat with his hockey stick, which had attempted to scamper across the team’s dressing area.
Why do they throw octopus on the ice in hockey?
It is customary for the Detroit Red Wings to toss deadoctopuses onto the ice during their home playoff games, and it is known as “The Legend of the Octopus.” The octopus, with its eight limbs, represented the amount of playoff victories required for the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup in the previous season.
What are the predators of catfish?
Among the catfish’s many predators are venomous snakes, raccoons, mink, otter, wading birds, alligators, crocodiles, big reptiles, people (including wolves), and various species of fish. For most animals, predators are more numerous when they are young than when they reach adulthood. This is true for catfish as well.
Why are the Red Wings called the Red Wings?
When James Norris purchased the club in 1932, he made the decision to nickname the squad the Red Wings. In this case, it was a tribute to Norris’ former hockey team in Montreal, the “Winged Wheelers,” which was known by the moniker “Winged Wheelers.” He picked the winged wheel as the emblem for the company to pay homage to Detroit’s thriving automotive sector.
Why are squids thrown at hockey games?
“IT EXISTS IN LEGENDS.” The octopus’s eight tentacles reflect the eight playoff victories that were originally required to win the Stanley Cup, the National Hockey League’s championship trophy.
What should I wear to a preds game?
Whenever the Nashville Predators go to the ice, make sure you are dressed in the team’s colors of navy blue and gold, which should be displayed loud and proud.
Are the Nashville Predators good?
When it comes to points percentage, they are the fifth-worst club in the National Hockey League. They have a power play that ranks in the bottom 10 of the league and the worst penalty kill in the league. The Predators have also had the poorest power play in the National Lacrosse League for the past three seasons, scoring on only 14.9 percent of their opportunities.
How long have the Predators been in Nashville?
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Predators fans bring ‘It’s all your fault’ chant to Stanley Cup Finals (Video)
Every time their side scores a goal, the Nashville Predators’ fans will undoubtedly yell out “It’s all your fault” in an attempt to mock the other club’s goalkeeper, so it’s no surprise that the custom received some exposure on the NHL’s greatest stage. After going behind 1-0 in the first period, the Predators rallied to score four consecutive goals in the third period, with their first two goals coming only 42 seconds apart. With four goals, Nashville supporters will have plenty of opportunity to demonstrate their pride in their city’s rich history.
Although there was some downtime between games, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ supporters took advantage of the opportunity to engage in a few chants, starting with the shouting of “Murray” in honor of goaltender Matt Murray.
The audience, which was likely the loudest it’s ever been considering the magnitude of the Stanley Cup Finals, really let Murray have it, chanting “It’s all your fault” in unison when Murray was called out on it.
Hopefully, this isn’t the final game in Nashville in this series, and we’ll be able to hear some variations on this theme over the remainder of the series.
Nashville Predators: Do They Have the Most Passionate Fans in Hockey?
When we think about passionate fanbases in the hockey world, who are the first names that come to mind? Regardless of who you ask, the Nashville Predators have become one of those teams. As a result of all of the history, the “Original Six” clubs, who made it through everything in the NHL’s early years, still have extremely large fan bases that will always be among the most ardent in the league’s history. However, when it comes to having a devoted following, some would argue that the Nashville Predators have a strong case to be made for having the most devoted supporters in the whole NHL franchise.
The unique traditions
When you attend a Nashville Predators home game, or when you rewind and view prior major games in their history, you’ll discover several wonderful traditions that you’ll appreciate. Many Nashville Predators fans refer to the catfish being thrown on the ice as an example of a beloved tradition among the team’s home supporters. The chanting of tens of thousands of Predators supporters give the impression that you’re at a college football game in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). After the Predators score a goal on the other team, the fans like to yell at the opposing goalkeeper to show their support.
When you hear it on national television or witness it in person, there is no doubt that it has been a chant since the beginning. After all of the reasons have been exhausted, everyone can be prejudiced and claim that their team has the most ardent supporter base.
They were almost lost
When you consider that the Nashville Predators were on the verge of being relocated to Hamilton, Ontario, the Nashville people rallied in a significant manner to ensure that their team remained in town. It has happened many times in sports history that fanbases have not had the same luck, as their team has been relocated to a different location with a different fandom. Everyone from Nashville and the surrounding regions got here to demonstrate to the NHL that moving the Predators out of the rapidly expanding city of Nashville would be a tremendous mistake….
- Since then, they’ve advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, and even those who despise the Predators will admit that the team’s supporters are fervent and extremely enthusiastic about hockey and their team.
- Would the number of clubs in the league have remained the same, or would teams have migrated further further in an attempt to build a new fanbase from the ashes of the previous one?
- No matter what the outcome of the game is, the Bridgestone Arena crowd is known for being boisterous and not being fair weather supporters.
- It was the second-highest crowd for a hockey game in history, and the Predators’ supporters played a significant role in making it happen.
- 9 on Forbes’ list of the most devoted fanbases in the National Hockey League.
- Having the ability to speak about your fandom being one of the most legendary and historically significant in the NHL demonstrates that Predators supporters are unquestionably among the greatest and most passionate in the league.
Let’s Do That Hockey: talking Hawks-Preds and more with On the Forecheck’s Nick Morgan
) (Editor’s note: This is the seventh edition of a series in which we call out to other writers from throughout the SB Nation family to learn more about their experiences with the sport, how the Blackhawks compare to other teams, and other general hockey discussion. Begin with a thank you to Nick Morgan’s mother for instilling his love of hockey in him at a young age — even if it was only for the Detroit Red Wings at the time. “She used to tell me tales about going to the old Olympia Stadium and seeing Gordie Howe play,” Morgan recalled.
- “It was during the 1997-98 Stanley Cup campaigns that the Red Wings began to establish themselves as a dynasty.” Morgan, on the other hand, said that he was trapped watching hockey on television since he was in Nashville.
- “I was thinking about how awesome it would be if I could watch hockey in real time?
- I was instantly familiar with all of the statistics and players.
- In addition, the way Morgan recounted the experience made me feel as though I was there there with him, watching the game.
- “In Nashville, it was referred to as the ‘ice storm game.'” That day, Nashville was hit by one of the worst storms the city has seen in years, and the following night, the Red Wings made their first-ever visit to the city.
- She pleasantly surprised me with a Nashville Predators jersey and two tickets.
- I recall that we had seats just in front of the Predators’ penalty box.
- Tomas Vokoun made 50 saves in the game, which set a Predators record for the most saves in a win in the franchise’s history.” Morgan truly gets to the core of what it was like to watch hockey as a youngster when he says: “I remember the mood in the game.
- Consider the experience of meeting your idols for the first time.
- Absolutely everything about that entire event had me sucked in!” Are there any other people with tears in their eyes right now?) According to Morgan, the number of people who watch Nashville is gradually increasing.
- The youngsters have grown up since then, and they have become engaged in the team.
“When I was younger, the group of boisterous supporters would lead the entire stadium in chanting!” However, despite the fact that Morgan only began writing for On the Forecheck two years ago, after a friend recommended he apply for the position and was hired, he has been involved with journalism for the majority of his professional life.
- There was no hockey, though, because the Thrashers were no longer in attendance.
- “There’s a lot of egotism, a lot of toxicity, and a lot of competition for jobs in the television business.” Writing for On the Forecheck, on the other hand, was therapeutic for me because I had lost my enthusiasm for sports writing.
- He (very correctly) added, “I’m sure it’s like this at Second City Hockey, a bunch of people that do this for the love of the sport.
- It wasinspiring to listen to Morgan talk about his team at On the Forecheck.
- If you’re in a supportive environment, you can do anything.
- “Anything fun!
I like doing stuff that I think fans will enjoy or get a kick out of.” For example, he wrote anarticle about a cover bandthat former player and current Predators’ development coach Sebastien Bordeleau started (for real), a piece explaining how thePeddle Tavern was the reason behind a massive winning streak, and a very important article describingwhat food each team member would be at thanksgiving dinner.
In regards to the status of the Predators now, Morgan said that, “this can potentially be the biggest transitional period in the Preds’ history.
For whatever reason, they’ve hit a wall as far as their chemistry.
Roman Josiand Ryan Ellis always have a chance to put on good performance, but we need to re-evaluate what players they are putting around them.” So how are the Predators going to fare against the Blackhawks during this weekends pair of games?
“I’m not going to predict a score cause this has been the craziest season known to the team so far, but I do know you’re still going to see that Chicago vs Nashville passion.
Last Sunday, Nashville came from behind to win against Dallas.
Don’t try to put yourself into the GM’s shoes, just enjoy the team on the ice.” Thanks Nick! Now, let’s go Hawks!