The month of May has featured some of the Nashville Predators most unforgettable playoff moments, as well as the hiring of most of its current coaching staff. Below are a few highlights for the Preds during this 31-day span in franchise history.
May 3, 2011: The Preds play their first game in the month of May before a sellout crowd of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville fell 3-2 in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals.
May 4, 1998: The NHL officially announces the Nashville Predators as the 27th franchise in League history. After the team name and logo was unveiled in September of 1997, the club began play in October of 1998.
May 5, 2015: The Nashville Predators Foundation’s philanthropic pursuits reach new heights with the largest grant allocation in the organization’s history with 88 grants totaling $415,020.47 distributed to area charities.
May 6, 2014: Peter Laviolette, a Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, is named the franchise’s second head coach. Kevin McCarthy, who coached with Laviolette in Carolina and Philadelphia, also joins the organization as an assistant coach.
May 21, 2013: Phil Housley, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer among U.S.-born defensemen, is named an assistant coach. Housley amassed 1,232 points in 1,495 NHL regular season games in a career that spanned eight teams over 21 seasons.
May 22, 2007: The Sporting News announces its 2006-07 awards and Predators GM David Poile was named NHL Executive of the Year and Head Coach Barry Trotz was named Coach of the Year. Both honors were determined by a vote of their peers.