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Where are they now? Catching up with Stu Grimson

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators' 2007-2008 season marks the tenth season in the history of the franchise. We're celebrating the occasion with a special section of our Web site, dedicated to revisiting the history of the organization. This section will grow with new features and interactive elements as the 10th Anniversary Season unfolds. (Note: Click the 10th Anniversary banner at the top of any page in this section to return to this index.)

This Month in Predators' History

Nov. 13, 1997
Craig Leipold and Jack Diller unveiled the "Predators" as Nashville's name (as selected by the fans) at the Wildhorse Saloon in front of inaugural season ticketholders and fans.

Nov. 10, 1999
Rob Valicevic notches the first hat trick in franchise history in a 4-2 win at the United Center in Chicago.

Nov. 21, 2001
The Predators unveiled an alternate jerseys. The gold sweater featured an animated saber-toothed tiger logo on the crest and a pair of tiger skulls on the shoulders.

Nov. 8, 2003
One of the most memorable comebacks in Predators history - Nashville scores three in the third to defeat Detroit 4-3, starting its run to the playoffs.

Nov. 21, 2003
Scott Hartnell pots the franchise's 1,000th goal in overtime to defeat Anaheim 4-3 .

Flashback Feature: Where are they now? Catching up with Stu Grimson

Despite playing only 30 games for the Predators during the 2001-02 season, veteran enforcer Stu Grimson quickly became a fan favorite in Nashville based on his approachable personality off the ice and hard-working, gritty style on it. Injuries forced the Vancouver, B.C., native to retire after his time with the Preds, but he has remained active in the sport as an attorney in the labor department for the NHL Player’s Association. A veteran of 729 NHL regular games from 1988-2002, Grimson has been with the NHLPA since March 2006, focusing primarily on the administration of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement

What are your fondest memories of Nashville?
“I had a good group of teammates; that was chief among my fond memories. I also loved the community – my family was there for four years after I retired from playing. We did endear ourselves to the community a lot, and it was a very hard place to leave for us. We made a lot of good friends there.”

What was the most exciting part about living here and being a Predator?
“It was a unique balance of great fan support while I was a member of the organization, and the nice part about that is that a player could live a regular normal life, despite that great support, which is kind of a unique blend. A lot of times when you live in the market of a major-league sport folks tend to recognize that, and you kind of gain this celebrity status – Nashville is kind of unique in that regard. You can live there quite anonymously and still do what you have to do professionally.”

Who were you closest to during your time on the team?
“Scott Walker, Tom Fitzgerald, Greg Johnson and Bill Houlder were the four guys I spent most of my time with, and I still stay in constant touch with them.”

Is there anyone who was on one of your Nashville teams that went on to surprise you with what they have accomplished in the league?
“There are lots of guys who continue to do well – Tomas Vokoun will go on to have a huge impact on the Florida Panthers organization, and Scott Walker just redid his contract with an organization – the Carolina Hurricanes – that aren’t that far removed from a Stanley Cup championship. That is an organization that is poised to do well in the future. Those guys, and others, like Tom Fitzgerald, continue to make a positive impact in the game.”

How did you grow either professionally or personally during your time in Nashville?
“I think I had a chance to grow a little bit both professionally and personally during my time there. One of the reasons I came to Nashville was because David Poile assured me from the start that as a veteran player in the league coming to a young team trying to establish its identity in the league that I’d get a chance to lead and be a part of a leadership group there. I did get that opportunity, and it was one where I was very much encouraged. It provided a platform to be somewhat of a leader in that locker room. It was a neat opportunity and one I look back on fondly.”

10th Anniversary Feature Archive:
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Flashback Feature: Most Impressive single-game offensive performances
Flashback Feature: Where are they now? Cliff Ronning
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Flashback Feature: Ten years of transactions 
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