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Preds Promote Nolan to Chief Amateur Scout; Drulia to Pro Scout

Longtime Scout Receives Promotion; Former Admirals Assistant Coach Moves to Scouting

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Ryan Ellis and Kevin Fiala. Colton Sissons and Eeli Tolvanen, as well. Viktor Arvidsson and Juuse Saros, too.

If it weren't for the work of Tom Nolan, those names may not be on the back of a Nashville Predators jersey. So, when Nolan and his fellow Preds scouts gather in Dallas this weekend for the 2018 NHL Draft in search of the next Arvidsson or Ellis, the veteran talent finder will be doing so with a new title.

The Predators have promoted Nolan to become their chief amateur scout, replacing the void left by Jeff Kealty, who was recently named Nashville's assistant general manager and director of scouting.

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Emotional Rinne Captures First Vezina Trophy

Nashville Netminder Named the League's Top Goaltender at NHL Awards

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Pekka Rinne couldn't help himself.

As he took the stage in Las Vegas and began his speech - for the first time as a Vezina Trophy winner - the emotions came rushing to the forefront.

He thought about his parents back in Finland, especially his father, Paivio, who will ultimately receive his son's trophy. He thought about his goaltending coaches who have helped him to become the player he is today. He thought about his teammates, his best friends, who he would do anything for. He thought about the fans in Nashville, the ones who have stood by him through thick and thin, always ready with a standing ovation for their netminder.

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Experience Pekka Rinne's Vezina Trophy Winning Season

Interactive Timeline, Video Explore Rinne's Career-Best Season at 35 Years Old

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators said a name in 2004, after 257 others had been called in the opening eight rounds of the NHL Draft: Pekka Rinne.

Subtly at first, that's when the definition of success started to change in the organization. In 2011, Rinne led the Predators to their first playoff series win. In 2012, he helped them knock out their fearsome rival, the Detroit Red Wings, in five games. In 2017, Rinne began the Stanley Cup Playoffs with back-to-back shutouts and guided Nashville all the way to their first Stanley Cup Final.

He followed that up by winning 42 of 59 games in the 2017-18 season and giving the Predators their first Central Division title and Presidents' Trophy win. At the age of 35, No. 35 turned in his best work, earning his first Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender...

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Predators Goaltender Pekka Rinne Wins Vezina Trophy

Rinne Earns First Vezina in Fourth Nomination for the Award

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (June 20, 2018) - Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne won the Vezina Trophy on Wednesday, as announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 

It is Rinne's first career Vezina Trophy, which was awarded to the goalie adjudged to be the best in his position during the 2017-18 regular season. He earned the award by garnering 129 votes, including 22 first-place nods, cast by the NHL's 31 General Managers. Rinne bested Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning for this season's award.

Rinne's fourth career Vezina Trophy nomination came after he helped the Predators earn a franchise-record 117 points en route to the team's first Presidents' Trophy and Central Division title. Out of goaltenders who played at least 50 games, Rinne was first in save percentage (.927), even-strength save percentage (.938) and goals-against average (2.31). He tied for first in the NHL in shutouts with eight, a career high, and was third in wins with 42.

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Subban Named Cover Athlete for EA Sports NHL 19

Defenseman Becomes First Predators Player to Grace Cover of Hockey Video Game

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

P.K. Subban. He's in the game.

The Predators defenseman was named the cover athlete for EA Sports' NHL 19, the top hockey video game in the world.

It's the first time Subban has been named the cover athlete in his career, and it also marks the first time a member of the Predators has been on the game's cover. Past cover athletes include Connor McDavid (NHL 18), Vladimir Tarasenko (NHL 17) and Jonathan Toews (NHL 16).

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Nominees Rinne, Subban Humbled on Eve of NHL Awards

Preds Goaltender, Defenseman Credit Nashville Teammates for Individual Success

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Pekka Rinne: NHL Awards Nominee

Pekka Rinne discusses his Vezina nomination

Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne talks about being nominated for the Vezina Trophy

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The honors Pekka Rinne and P.K. Subban find themselves nominated for are of the individual variety, but you'd never know it.

As the Predators goaltender and defenseman spoke Tuesday, a day before they'll hope to hear their names called at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, they couldn't stop raving about their teammates when commenting on their nominations.

Maybe it's just the way they're wired as hockey players, always sure to give credit to those around them before taking it for themselves.

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Preds Primer: Awards, Draft, Development Camp, Free Agency on the Way

All You Need to Know on the NHL Awards, NHL Draft, 2018-19 Schedule Release, Preds Development Camp and Free Agency Period - All in the Next Three Weeks

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The offseason is predominantly reserved for recharging, refocusing and relaxing (emphasis on the third option for yours truly).

But the busiest time of the summer for the Predators is now upon us with a number of events scheduled over the coming weeks. So, just in case hockey hasn't been top of mind for you as of late, here is a handy Preds primer for what's happening in Nashville and beyond.

First up, it's the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, where Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne and defenseman P.K. Subban will vie for three honors between the two of them. Rinne is nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the League's top goaltender for the fourth time in his career, while Subban is up for both the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman, as well as the King Clancy Memorial Award for his work in the Nashville community and beyond.

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Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Names Fisher Pro Athlete of the Year

Former Preds Captain to be Honored for 18 NHL Seasons

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Mike Fisher may be retired from the game of hockey, but he's not quite done collecting honors.

The former captain of the Nashville Predators, and arguably one of the most popular players in franchise history, Fisher has been named the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 Professional Athlete of the Year. Fisher will receive the award during the Hall of Fame's 52nd Annual Induction Banquet on Saturday evening at the Omni-Nashville Hotel.

After guiding the Predators to within two wins of a Stanley Cup in 2017, Fisher called it quits on his NHL career after 17 seasons. But, in January of 2018, the Peterborough, Ontario, native announced his plans to return to the game and play for the Preds once more in an effort to help the team reach their ultimate goal.

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Elite Edge Hockey Showcase Hosts Over 200 Youth Players in Nashville

Showcase Celebrates 13th Year with Special Guest Speakers, Don Koharski Officiating School and International Participants

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Thirteen years ago, a handful of young hockey players descended on the city of Nashville to participate in the inaugural Elite Edge Hockey Showcase. It was an opportunity to skate in front of collegiate and junior coaches, a chance these participants, predominantly from the Southeastern United States, likely wouldn't have received otherwise.

Thirteen summers later, more than 200 skaters and goaltenders, some who live a short drive from Ford Ice Center, others who reside halfway around the world, were back in Nashville to take advantage of the showcase so many others have enjoyed before them.

The goal of the camp is still the same - give young hockey players, who aspire to advance in the game, a chance to be seen by coaches and scouts who can make those dreams a reality - but the participants aren't just leaving as better hockey players, they're better people, too.

Here now, a collection of stories from the 2018 edition of Elite Edge.

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Preds to Introduce Golden Packs Ticketing Option for 2018-19 Season

Smashville Select, Verified Fan Programs Offer Fans Best Chance to Purchase Preds Tickets

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

It's no secret that demand for Nashville Predators tickets is at an all-time high. The 14,500 season-ticket base is plenty of evidence.

For a franchise that had to work for every ticket they sold - in a city some thought wouldn't see NHL hockey past the 10-year mark - putting a cap on season tickets during the 20th season was humbling.

But that doesn't mean the Predators are done trying to continue to grow the game and create new fans. While the Season-Ticket Citizens (season-ticket holders) who have made the largest commitment to the franchise will continue to receive the most benefits, those who want to join the group one day will also enjoy plenty of perks.

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