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Postseason Rewind: How Sweep It Is

Relive the Sights and Sounds of Nashville's Sweep Over Chicago in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators knew they were capable of defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But a four-game sweep over the Western Conference's top point producer?

Starting with a pair of back-to-back shutouts from Pekka Rinne on the road in Games One and Two, followed by a dramatic comeback capped by Kevin Fiala in Game Three, and finally, a commanding 4-1 victory in Game Four, the Preds broke out the brooms on one of their fiercest rivals.

Perhaps Captain Mike Fisher said it best during the ensuing reflection in the locker room postgame: "We surprised a lot of people, but not ourselves."

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Travel Blog: Preds, Soles4Souls Serve in Dominican Republic

Group of Predators Employees, Along With Soles4Souls, Donate Thousands of Shoes in Dominican Republic

by Various Authors @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Note: Throughout the week, a group of Predators employees will blog on their adventures in the Dominican Republic as they distribute thousands of shoes with Soles4Souls

Day One:

After a filling breakfast of tropical fruits and pan dulce, our Soles 4 Souls team sorted through the shoes and toys for the three visits planned for today.

We were out the door by 8:30 a.m. and headed to our first destination in Maimon, about 25 minutes west of where we are staying in Sosua. The small village - just off the main road - looked like the spitting image of a local storefront. Its residents sat patiently in rows of plastic picnic chairs as they awaited our arrival. We prepared to serve 30 children, which quickly became 70, but our team was in high spirits and eager to give to this gracious community. Our team was divided up into stations of washing feet, finding the correct shoe size and running to find the perfect pair for each child.

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Gaudreau, Aberg Contracts Indicate Shift for Predators

Young Players That Stepped Up in the Playoffs are Coming Back on Multi-Year Deals

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Two players who began to make names for themselves when it mattered most will now get chances to do it all over again.

Forwards Pontus Aberg and Frederick Gaudreau each inked new deals with the Predators this week, ensuring their participation with the organization for at least the next two seasons.

Aberg's deal is for two years and worth a total of $1.3 million, while Gaudreau's three-year contract is a two-way deal for the first two seasons before morphing into a one-way deal worth $700,000 for the 2019-20 campaign.

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Fan Who Missed Free Stanley Cup Final Tickets Finds Redemption

Andrew Fudge Didn't See Twitter Notification Saying He'd Won Two Tickets to 2017 Stanley Cup Final

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Andrew Fudge can't say he's not a lucky guy anymore.

In June, he won a contest entered by thousands, after all, so if that doesn't equal lucky, then what does? There was just one problem, Fudge didn't know he'd won.

That's right. Fudge, a Nashville native, entered the Predators Twice Daily Tickets Competition, was selected to receive two free tickets to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, received a congratulatory direct message on Twitter, and yet, he missed the notification.

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Predators Sign Pontus Aberg to Two-Year Contract

Swedish Forward Tallied Five Points (2g-3a) During 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year, $1.3 million contract. The deal will see Aberg make $650,000 in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

Aberg, 23 (9/23/93), made his NHL debut during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and skated in two games for the Predators against San Jose in their Second Round matchup. The native of Stockholm, Sweden, made his regular season debut on Nov. 8, 2016, and appeared in 15 games last season, scoring one goal and adding an assist. Aberg then skated in 16 more postseason contests as he recorded five points (2g-3a) for the Predators in their run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. 

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Preds Ink Frederick Gaudreau to Three-Year Contract

Undrafted Forward, Who Scored Three Times in 2017 Stanley Cup Final, Signs Contract

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 17, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract. The contract is a two-way deal in 2017-18 and 2018-19, worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level. The contract then becomes a one-way deal in 2019-20 worth $700,000.

Gaudreau, 24 (5/1/93), made his NHL debut on Oct. 22, 2016, and skated in nine regular-season contests for the Predators in 2016-17, recording one assist. The Bromont, Quebec, native then appeared in eight postseason outings for Nashville, beginning in the Western Conference Final against Anaheim and continuing into the Stanley Cup Final versus Pittsburgh where he scored three goals in the first four games of the Final.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Skate at Bridgestone Arena on July 21

Fans May Skate on Stanley Cup Final Ice at Bridgestone Arena One Last Time at Event

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 14, 2017) - Join us for the last chance to skate on 2017 Stanley Cup Final ice at Bridgestone Arena, this Friday at 5:00 p.m. (CT). This glow-in-the-dark skate is open to all of Smashville - $15 for general admission and $10 for Season-Ticket Citizens. Be sure to sport your "glowing" Preds Pride and wear colors that illuminate on the ice. 

Before or after your skate, check out seats that are still available for purchase for the 2017-18 season.

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Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Awarded U.S. Figure Skating Grant

Academy Receives $2,000 Grant to Improve Programs at Ford Ice Center

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy has been named a recipient of a 2017-18 U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grant, one of six member clubs and programs to receive a $2,000 grant from U.S. Figure Skating.

The Academy, which is run out for Ford Ice Center by Olympic Gold Medalist and Nashville resident, Scott Hamilton, submitted one of 39 applications for a grant from the national governing body for figure skating in the United States.

According to U.S. Figure Skating, the Academy will utilize the grant to "expand available programming by developing a curriculum specially tailored to individuals with mental health disabilities and challenges such as autism and social anxiety disorder."

For more information on the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy and the other programs offered at Ford Ice Center, including youth and adult hockey schools, click here.

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Preds Unveil 20th Season Logo

Logo Celebrating 20 Years of Predators Hockey Features Saber-Toothed Tiger Eye as '0' in 20

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The celebration of the Nashville Predators 20th Season is already underway, and now the festivities have an official logo.

The logo, featuring the eye of the Preds' saber-toothed tiger representing the '0' in 20 years, will be used in a variety of ways to celebrate and commemorate the 2017-18 season. Fans can expect to learn more on the logo with the History section debuting soon on NashvillePredators.com. With the new features, fans will be able to scroll through an interactive timeline of the franchise, check out the club's all-time roster and numbers worn and learn more about how the Predators turned Music City into Smashville.

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Voice of the Preds Receives Broadcasting Honors

Pete Weber Named Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year, Inductee Into Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Voice of the Nashville Predators has been adding to his trophy case this summer.

Preds Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster Pete Weber was named the 2016 Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association on June 27, and then followed that by being named as an inductee to the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Weber, who has been with the Preds franchise since Day One, collected his third consecutive Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year honor, and fifth overall, having received the accolade in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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