There are some legendary hockey families in NHL circles - the Sutters, the Staals, even new Preds defenseman Matt Benning has some impressive bloodlines.
But there is a family here in Nashville with their own lineage in the game, and they may have just accomplished a first in Music City history.
The Gardners go way back in the game of hockey. The late Calvin won two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the late 40s and early 50s as a player. His son, Paul, enjoyed his own successful playing career in the NHL and AHL as a forward, and upon retirement in the mid-80s, his coaching career began.
Paul had a few stops behind the bench in the AHL, but when the NHL granted Nashville a franchise and the Predators came to be in 1997, Barry Trotz hired Paul to be his first assistant coach. The Gardners made the move to Tennessee, including Paul's son, Scott, who was a teenager at the time.