The Predators unveiled their logo, a saber-toothed tiger, in Nashville's downtown First American Center on September 25, 1997, 26 years after a fang and foreleg bone of a saber-toothed tiger were found in a cave just below the building's address.
In May of 1971, excavation began at the downtown Nashville site of what today is the 28-story UBS Tower (formerly First American Center). Construction workers drilled through 20 feet of solid rock before coming to a soft muddy area. Further digging revealed a cave containing the nine-inch fang and a foreleg bone of a saber-toothed tiger, extinct for at least 10,000 years.
Radiocarbon tests on the specimen revealed that it could have possibly been one of the last of its breed to exist. Scientists believe that some time during the last glacial period (15,000-80,000 years ago) part of the cave was the den of the saber-toothed tiger. The discovery, made in August 1971, marks only the fifth of its kind in North America. The cave, located beneath the building, is preserved under concrete for historic and educational purposes.
The saber-toothed tiger logo was co-designed by JDK Design of Burlington, Vermont and Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence of Nashville.
On November 13, 1997, the saber-toothed tiger logo was unveiled for the first time with the Predators insignia attached to it. On February 12, 1998, Head Coach Barry Trotz and Assistant Coach Paul Gardner unveiled the Predators' inaugural home and away jerseys at Cool Springs Galleria. During the inaugural season, the shoulder logo (an 'N' featuring the Bridgestone Arena spire) included the first year of the team's existence: '98.' In the 2005-06 season, the original shoulder patch was replaced by the skull logo originally worn on the Predators alternate jersey.
On November 21, 2001, the Predators debuted a third jersey with a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena. The jersey featured an "animated" saber-tooth tiger logo on the crest and tiger skulls on the shoulders. It was retired following the 2006-07 season. The squad was as "good as gold" in five seasons wearing their first-ever alternate uniform, producing a 38-19-12 record, including a 21-3-2 mark in their final two seasons donning them.
The Predators debuted a new third jersey on November 27, 2009, against the St. Louis Blues. The sweaters, which features a vintage-inspired lace-up front, a subtle checkerboard pattern lining the bottom of the jersey, and a bolder-and-more-simplified color scheme, were worn between 2009 and 2011. The uniform also featured a fresh-take on the Pred Head, with the main logo taking on a "flat" look with navy, blue and black colors, and a red saber-toothed tiger eye.
In the 2007-08 season, the Predators, along with the other 29 NHL teams, introduced the Reebok EDGE Uniform System to further meet the performance demands of today's player. The Reebok EDGE System incorporated a new form-fitting material for a modern look that revolutionized the NHL jersey.
The logo and uniforms for the 2011-12 season were designed to develop a powerful, long-term brand message and help infuse new life into the Nashville Predators imagery with a more contemporary, aggressive, streamlined logo that still maintains the basic Pred Head concept. A new secondary logo was also designed to represent the state flag of Tennessee and Nashville's Music City heritage simultaneously, with a guitar pick shape incorporating the three stars of the state's three grand divisions - West, Middle and East. The "Predators Gold" sweaters create a distinctive, dominant, bold look that balances traditional elements of classic uniforms, with those unique to Nashville - guitar strings in the numbering and lettering, fangs in the neck area and piano keys on the inside of the collars.
The 2017-18 season brought new uniforms designed by adidas for the 31 NHL clubs.
With the new ADIZERO jerseys, Nashville chose to build upon the bold, stark look established in 2011 with the adoption of Gold as the franchise's primary color. The club will continue to wear the Gold helmets they donned full-time for the 2016-17 season.
Nashville's Gold is even more prominent on the front as the white piping has been removed and the white stripes on the arms now separate the navy and Gold. The navy paneling and accents formerly seen near the shoulders have moved to the collar on the 2017-18 version.
The Predators' celebration of Music City has been expanded in the uniform, with the piano keys around the inside of the collar and guitar pick alternate logo remaining on the right shoulder and the guitar strings over the back numbers extended to the arm numbers as well. "Nashville" still reads across the back of the collar, with the navy stripe now framed in Gold.
What makes the new uniform uniquely adidas?