Nashville Predators San Jose Tickets
Based in Tennessee, the Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team, who participate in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team joined the NHL as an expansion team in the 1998-99 season. The home ground for the Predators is the Bridgestone Arena. Over the years, they have seen many ups and downs, on and off the field but have always managed to come out on top of things. If you happen to be a fan of this resilient team, you might want to get your hands on these Nashville Predators San Jose tickets and support these players live in action.
Let’s take a look at the story of the Nashville Predators.
History of the Franchise
In 1995, there was talk of bringing hockey to Nashville. The city even offered a $20 million bonus to any team that would relocate to Nashville. Even though the New Jersey Devils got close to taking the deal, they did not eventually relocate. After this attempt, Gary Bettman, the NHL Commissioner decided to consider Nashville in an upcoming expansion. It was finally in the January of 1997 that a group led by a Wisconsin businessman, Craig Leipold, put in a request for an expansion franchise in Nashville. The Nashville team that formed subsequently played its first season in 1998.
The saber-toothed cat was chosen as the franchise’s new logo and Barry Trotz was named the first head coach. The Predators first hit the ice in October of 1998 in a game against the Florida Panthers that they lost 1-0. Only three nights later, the team bagged their first win, against the Carolina Hurricanes, beating them 3-2.
The Different Seasons
The Nashville Predators started out weak, finishing second-last in the first two seasons of their existence. In the 2000-01 season, they finished at the tenth place and in the next season, in the 15th place. The next few seasons were also a struggle for the team, but the 2010-11 season was a turnaround, where the team made the second round of playoffs for the first time.
Recent times have seen the team in improving form. If you want to support your team in their endeavors, you can get these Nashville Predators San Jose tickets here.