-- With its top farm team located in Milwaukee and so many players with Wisconsin ties, the Nashville Predators
sometimes feel like Wisconsin South.
Defense - NSH
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 6
SOG: 37 | +/-: -1
Defenseman Ryan Suter
is from Madison and went to the University of Wisconsin, which is also true of rookie Craig Smith
, who leads all Predators forwards in points. Blake Geoffrion
, recently sent back to the AHL, won the Hobey Baker Award with the Badgers.
Yet another addition to the Predators this season can be found, like Suter, sporting a Green Bay Packers cap sometimes after practice: defenseman Jack Hillen
Given that Hillen is from Minnesota -- and that the NFL's Vikings and the Packers border on blood rivals -- it would be analogous to a hockey player raised in Massachusetts wearing a Yankees' cap.
As it happens, Hillen's father is a Green Bay native and Hillen was raised there in his early years. Hillen tried to explain just how ingrained the Packers are in the small city of 100,000. His father grew up and played golf with the son of Bart Starr, the legendary Packers quarterback. Hillen's family had season tickets and he grew up going to games at Lambeau Field.