Nashville, Tenn. (September 24, 2014) – The Nashville Predators announced today that club mascot Gnash has been placed on Injured Reserve with an injury sustained during training for the 2014-15 season.
“Predators mascot Gnash suffered a broken fibula in his left leg and is being treated by a team of physicians and trainers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Nashville Predators,” Predators Senior Vice President of Communications Gerry Helper said. “We expect him to make a full recovery in six-to-eight weeks and look forward to his return.”
A fun-loving mascot that is dedicated to energizing the crowd during home games with stunts, skits, spirit and a trace of spunk, Gnash has been a member of the Nashville Predators organization since the beginning. In addition to his in-game performances, Gnash is dedicated to his community and can frequently be seen spending time at local schools and charities. Well known for his daring stunts that include rappelling from the Bridgestone Arena ceiling, using a sled to slide down the lower bowl stairs and more, Gnash’s injury came in the midst of his rigorous offseason training regimen.
While their specialty is not veterinary medicine, the team of physicians treating Gnash at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were surprised to find, upon examination, that the bone structure of this saber-toothed tiger is quite similar to that of a human being. A special case and a special patient, the team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center is giving Gnash the best care available and are working in conjunction with the Nashville Predators training staff to ensure Gnash is back on his feet and swinging from the rafters again in the near future.