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20th Anniversary: Preds Name Revealed

After Fan Vote, Predators Chosen as Name for Nashville's NHL Franchise

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The franchise had a logo - now, it needed a name.

At this time 20 years ago, as Nashville was beginning the monstrous undertaking of starting an NHL franchise from scratch, one of those tasks was already taken care of.

On Sept. 25, 1997, the first logo in team history was revealed to the public in the form of the familiar saber-toothed tiger that still represents the club today, with a few tweaks.

That was taken care of, but what would the team be called? Ideas and suggestions were welcomed, and naturally, Nashville's first head coach, Barry Trotz, took interest. Trotz, who had already been hired at the time, began to do a little research.

"I was going through a lot of the old CHL books I had and I came across the team the Granby Prédateurs in a Quebec junior league that had disbanded," Trotz, now the head coach of the Washington Capitals, said. "[My Assistant Coach] Paul Gardner, I asked him, 'How about the Nashville Predators? How's that sound?' And he said, 'That actually sounds pretty good.'"

Trotz's idea made the cut into a final group of names that included Fury, Attack and Tigers as well. Then, it was up to the fans to decide.

Once the votes were cast and tallied, the winner was clear. On Nov. 13, 1997, fans made their way to the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, and the Predators were officially born.

#TBT November 13, 1997: Predators team name announced

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