Friday, January 27, 2012

Girlfriend's Guide to Sports: Preds Facts and Trivia!

As the last peice of my Girlfriend's Guide to Sports Nashville Predators series, here are some fun facts about our hometown team!

Established in 2008 

Team Colors: Gold, Navy and White

Coach Barry Trotz
 Barry has been our coach for the franchise's entire history.  He has coached over 1000 games! 

Mascot: Gnash, a Blue Saber-Toothed Cat
Our mascot was inspired by a discovery in 1971 of a saber tooth cat skeleton when construction workers were building a bank in downtown Nashville. 

Hats, an Octopus, and a Catfish
When a player scores 3 goals in one game, it's called a HAT TRICK, and the fans throw their hats on the ice.   
Some people think the Red Wings throw an octupus on the ice for a hat trick, but rather the octopus is a tradition representing the playoffs.  A tradition that started in 1952, the 8 legs of the creature represented the 8 playoff games needed to win the Stanley Cup. Tips for throwing an octopus....
1. Boil it before the game so it doesn't stick to the ice and no residue will hit other fans while airborne.
2. Only throw it after a goal, after the national anthem or at the end of the game to avoid a delay of game penalty.
3. Octopi tossing should be reserved for the playoffs or final games of the season.

In response to the octopus, during the 2002/2003 season, a Preds fan tossed a catfish on the ice.  Sometimes in leiu of a hat, a catfish will be thrown on the ice after a hat trick, but closer to the playoffs, I assure you, a brave fan will toss a catfish on the ice to let the Red Wings know we are playing for the Cup too!  BTW, the ice girls say catfish are heavy, slimy, and smelly, but if it helps the team, it's worth it!

Fang Fingers
When the Preds are on the power play, the fans raise their hands and and curl their middle and pointer finger to make fangs.  Then, the Alfred Hitchcock Psycho music comes on as everyone pops their hands up and down, taunting the other team.

Preds All-Time Scoring Leader: David Legwand

You can follow your favorite Preds players on Twitter:
It's kinda cute to see them Tweet each other and other Nashville stars.  Dierks Bently is BFFs with several of the Preds boys. 

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