While the Nashville Predators faced off against the Florida Panthers on the road Friday night, Nashville's Day One Season-Ticket Citizens received the all-star treatment with an at-home watch party in the Lexus Lounge.
With free food and drinks, exclusive looks inside Preds facilities, photo-ops out on the ice and special appearances from GNASH and the one and only Terry Crisp, the Predators returned the love this very special group of fans have given the team since the beginning.
Speaking to the night's guests of honor in the newly renovated Lexus Lounge, Predators CEO and President Sean Henry expressed his gratitude.
"Without you, there is no franchise," Henry said. "You made us the envy of every sports team around the League with your passion, your commitment and your fun."
Many fans came dressed in inaugural season jerseys, with the names of former Preds veterans like Krivokrasov, Ronning and Yachmenev stamped under silver and Gold piping. Others brought their children along with them, who have no memory of a Nashville without the Predators.
For some Day-One Citizens like Kim Lynch and her family, hockey was a relatively new sport.
"We are from Northern Texas, where there is no hockey. We knew about hockey because we had a little college team, but my husband had never seen a hockey game ever," Lynch said. "We fell in love, first game, fell in love with the hype and the speed and the fun."
For others, the journey has been exciting since the very first season. Day-One Citizen Len Yuhas never expected professional sports - let alone an NHL team - to land in Nashville.
"We followed the Nashville Knights when they were here, but we never thought there would ever be any kind of major professional sports in Nashville," Yuhas said. "So when they said that hockey's coming, I jumped right on that."
Part of the journey has also been watching the team get closer to the Stanley Cup every season, Yuhas said.
"It just keeps getting better. The team keeps getting better every year and we're getting closer, so hopefully we'll get there."