For the last 31 years, Nashville Scene - the free newsweekly covering Nashville entertainment, arts and local politics - has published their Best of Nashville issue. In 2019's edition, the Nashville Predators organization was featured six times across a variety of Writers' Choice and Readers' Poll categories.
Smashville's favorite pup was the writers' choice in the Best Dog category. Smash, also known as Lord Banner of Smashville, not only brightens the day of players and staff, but also countless Preds fans who stop by the Predators Foundation area during games. After visiting with Smash, those same fans may find themselves belting writers' choice Best Song to Sing at a Preds game, "Let it Be." Any time a Predators goal is challenged, over 17,000 phone flashlights light up the arena as the fans offer up a spirited rendition of the Beatles tune.
On the ice, Viktor Arvidsson took the writers' choice Best Predator category. Arvidsson, at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, has averaged 0.44 goals per game over the past three seasons, ranking among the top 20 in the NHL over that span. As one of only two players in franchise history to score more than 30 goals in two seasons, we hope to see Arvy celebrate plenty more goals this season with his toothless grin.
In a clever play on words, Nashville's behind-the-scenes hero, Lawrence Feloney, earned the Best Eyes title. As the Predators' Assistant Coach - Video, Feloney analyzes and breaks down the live play in order to offer both coaches and players insight on what went well and what adjustments need to be made. Around the League, Feloney is well known for his ability to rob opposing teams of goals by reviewing game action and initiating successful challenges, a skill that certainly warrants his Best Eyes win.
When it comes to the Readers' Choice poll, three-time NHL All-Star and Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Pekka Rinne was voted Best Predators Player. In a battle of the mascots, the Preds' fun-loving cat GNASH took Best in Nashville for his crowd-energizing stunts and skits.
A full listing of Nashville Scene's 2019 Best of Nashville choices can be found here!