Hockey fans and native Tennesseans will certainly recognize the logo of the Nashville Predators. As they compete to retain their playoff position in the Central Division this season, it is worth reflecting on their development in the last twenty-five years.
This Hatch Show print celebrating the Preds Western Conference victory in 2017 sold for $149.99USD on eBay in 2018.
The Nashville Predators team was established as a conditional franchise in 1997, following the grand opening of Bridgestone Arena in December 1996. Jack Diller was named the first President, and David Poile was named the first general manager. On May 4, 1998, the National Hockey League officially announced the Preds as the 27th franchise in league history.
Since their inaugural season, the Predators have experienced significant growth. Their most successful season was 2017 to 2018, which included winning the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, the Central Division Championship (repeated again in 2018-19), the Western Conference Championship, and the Presidents’ Trophy.
This puck with the Predators logo signed by Shea Weber sold for $20.99USD on eBay in 2020.
Many iconic hockey players have donned the Preds sweater. Franchise leaders include David Legwand and Shea Weber, who set team records for various accomplishments. Today’s team boasts the talents of Filip Forsberg, who has the most hat tricks in team history, and Pekka Rinne, one of the most respected goalies in the League.
This signed rookie jersey for Pekka Rinne sold for $349.99USD on eBay in 2021.
The Predators have multiple logos used on uniforms, gear, and collectibles. The most recognizable is the primary logo, the saber-toothed tiger. In the 1970s, a fang and foreleg bone of the now-extinct cat was discovered in Nashville and was only the fifth of its kind in North America. The tiger is featured prominently on team sweaters, including the iconic gold color worn today.
Lauren Casolo is a fine art and antiques appraiser based in Atlanta, Georgia, with several years of experience in the art advisory, insurance, and auction industries.
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