Music City and hockey have proven to mix perfectly, so relying on those same ingredients when creating the 2016 NHL® All-Star Weekend logo was a pretty good idea. OK, a very good idea.
“The NHL did a tremendous job with it; I think it captures the energy, the grit and the Music City feel, and of course, we love the gold and blue,” Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen said.
Cogen’s glowing review of the logo was one of many given at the unveiling ceremony at the 2015 Music City Sports Festival. After catching a first glimpse of the feature element for the NHL’s showcase event, several hundred Predators fans in attendance cheered, clapped and snapped photos.
Putting a face on the 2016 NHL® All-Star Weekend only helped to up anticipation for the impending celebration of hockey with a Nashville twist.
“There’s a lot of excitement,” Scott Ramsey, president and CEO of Nashville Sports Council said. “We took a big group to Columbus this year to look at the operations and activities going on and to a person we kept hearing, ‘I can’t wait to be in your city for this next year’ or ‘I’ve been there and had a great time.’
“We’re very excited to not only tie in the Predators colors but the feel of Nashville into [the logo]. I guess we’re about eight months away from the event, and we really think it represents our city and our event very well.”
Cogen said the boost received from the affirmation of the logo is helpful, but that he and the Preds staff recognize if they truly want to host the best All-Star Weekend yet - a lot more work lies before them.
“We stay excited,” Cogen said of how the Preds employees shoulder the heavy workload. “I think last year, we were the fifth or sixth busiest building in North America. We do events, we do more events, we do games, we take a breath and then we do it again the next week. This is just another one - yes, a big one - so yes, we’re working hard and we’re excited about it.”
So get ready Nashville, because in exactly eight months that ideal mix of hockey and Music City is going to be taken to a whole new level.
“Unequivocally, I think this is going to be the best All-Star Game ever,” Predators General Manager David Poile said. “The All-Star Game is a coveted event that everybody is trying to get. Nashville is Music City, USA, it’s an entertainment city, and it’s a city that prides itself on its tourism. We had the 2003 NHL Draft here, and to this day, if you ask the hockey people, the scouts, the coaches that came here, they would tell you that was the best draft ever, in the facility of Bridgestone Arena and the facilities of downtown Nashville. Everybody had a great time.”