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Franchise Timeline

June 25, 1997
Leipold Hockey Holdings, LLC was granted a conditional franchise by the NHL Board of Governors.
July 1, 1997
Jack Diller was named first president of the Nashville Predators.
July 9, 1997
David Poile was named first general manager in franchise history.
September 25, 1997
Craig Leipold and Jack Diller unveiled the saber-toothed tiger logo at the downtown First American building (now known as the Regions Center), the site of a saber-toothed tiger discovery in August 1971.


May 4, 1998
The National Hockey League officially announced the Nashville Predators as the 27th franchise in League history.
June 19, 1998
Brent Peterson was named as an assistant coach.
October 10, 1998
The Nashville Predators hosted the franchise's first NHL game versus the Florida Panthers. In front of a sellout crowd of 17,298, Ray Whitney scored the only goal of the 1-0 game and the Panthers' Kirk McLean earned the shutout.
October 13, 1998
The Nashville Predators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 to net the first victory in franchise history. Andrew Brunette notched the first goal in franchise history at 5:12 in the first period.
February 1, 1999
The Predators opened their practice facility at Centennial Sportsplex.
April 17, 1999
The Nashville Predators closed out their inaugural season with a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. The Predators drew a total of 664,000 (16,202, 94 percent capacity) and amassed a 28-47-7 record.
March 23, 2001
General Manager David Poile was one of three recipients of the 2001 Lester Patrick Award, an honor presented annually "for outstanding service to hockey in the United States."
April 3, 2004
On the second-to-last day of the 2003-04 regular season, a loss by the Edmonton Oilers clinched the Predators' first-ever berth in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
April 7, 2004
The Predators headed to Detroit to take on the top-seeded Red Wings in the franchise's first playoff game. Despite a goal off the stick of Adam Hall only 16 seconds into the game, Detroit claimed a 3-1 win.
August 5, 2005
The Predators announced the signing of free-agent forward Paul Kariya, the initial First-Team NHL All-Star to sign with Nashville.
October 8, 2005
In their second game of the 2005-06 season, the Predators won their first shootout, a 3-2 victory over Anaheim. Paul Kariya scored the game-deciding shootout goal against his former team.
March 18, 2006
Nashville defeated Calgary 9-4 at Bridgestone Arena for its 40th win of the 2005-06 season, the first 40-win season in franchise history. The Predators ended the season with a record of 49-25-8 and led the NHL with 32 home wins.
April 5, 2007
With a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, Nashville hit the 50-win mark for the first time in franchise history. The club would end the 2006-07 regular season with a record of 51-23-8 for a franchise-record 110 points.
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.
March 1, 2010
The Predators ownership group announced a change in the leadership of its board of directors, as Tom Cigarran became the club's new chairman.
April 28, 2010
Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz is named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the NHL's top coach. It is the second time in franchise history someone from the organization is nominated for an NHL Award. One week later, General Manager David Poile is revealed as one of three finalists for the inaugural GM of the Year Award.
August 10, 2010
Predators appoint senior management team with addition of Jeff Cogen as CEO and Sean Henry as President and COO.
April 20, 2011
General Manager David Poile is the first of four in the organization to earn a nomination for the 2011 NHL Awards, becoming the finalist for the GM of the Year Award in each of its first two years of existence. Two days later, Pekka Rinne is nominated for the Vezina Trophy, followed by Shea Weber being named a finalist for the Norris Trophy three days later. Head Coach Barry Trotz caps the parade to Las Vegas with his second-straight Jack Adams nomination four days later, giving Nashville the second-most nominees at the Awards show.
November 12, 2011
The franchise plays its 1,000th regular-season game against the Montreal Canadiens. David Poile became the first general manager in NHL history to record 1,000 games with two separate franchises (Washington from 1982-97) while Barry Trotz became just the fourth coach to spend 1,000 games behind the bench of a single franchise.
December 15, 2011
The Nashville Predators/Bridgestone Arena and Bridgestone Americas, Inc. announced a five-year extension on the naming rights for Bridgestone Arena, keeping the Bridgestone brand name on Nashville's downtown arena through 2019.
March 22, 2012
The Nashville Predators announced the results of a study that found the team and Bridgestone Arena generate an annual economic impact of approximately $410 million and support more than 2,350 jobs annually.
March 30, 2012
Nashville recorded the 500th regular-season victory in club history with a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Predators hit the milestone in 1,062 games, the fewest in the post-1990 expansion era. David Poile became the first GM to guide two separate clubs to 500 wins, and Barry Trotz became just the fifth bench boss to post 500 wins with a single team.
April 23, 2013
The Nashville Predators announce the formation of the Nashville Predators Alumni Association.
May 21, 2014
Phil Housley, the all-time leading scorer among U.S.-born NHL defensemen and Hockey Hall of Famer, is named an assistant coach.
December 16, 2014
Predators General Manager David Poile won his 1,171st game as an NHL general manager in Nashville's 3-2 shootout win over Boston, moving him past Harry Sinden and into second place in all-time victories by a general manager, trailing only Glen Sather.
April 24, 2015
For the third time in five seasons, goaltender Pekka Rinne is named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy after tying for second in the NHL in wins, ranking third in goals-against average (2.18) and seventh in save percentage (.923). Twelve days later, Head Coach Peter Laviolette was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for the second time in his career after leading the club back to the playoffs in his first season behind the team's bench.
February 21, 2015
Bridgestone Arena was named 2014 Arena of the Year by Pollstar Magazine, an industry-leader in concert industry and sports and entertainment news. This marked the first time that Bridgestone Arena has taken home the top venue honor after being nominated 11 times, including in each of the past eight years, and the first time a building not in California or New York has won the award since its inception in 1989.
October 13, 2015
Bridgestone Arena was named the Venue of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) during the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.
October 29, 2015
The Predators announced an executive leadership transition that saw Jeff Cogen step down as CEO, and President/COO Sean Henry assume the role effective Dec. 1, 2015.
September 2016
In an on-going effort to give fans, players and performers the best possible facilities and atmosphere, Bridgestone Arena completed another renovation of more than $6 million, which included new seats and concrete finish in the Upper and Lower Bowl, eco-conscious restrooms and new concession stands. The renovation total is nearly $60 million in the last six years.
October 21, 2016
ESPN released its annual Ultimate Standings report, with the Predators ranking first overall in the categories of Fan Relations, Affordability and Stadium Experience. Overall, the club is second out of 30 NHL teams and sixth out of all 122 professional sports teams throughout the NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA.