Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Meet the Predators 2011

The Nashville Predators held their annual Meet the Predators gathering at Bridgestone Arena, affording fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with their hometown heroes. The event was well attended, with several thousand of the Predator faithful in attendance.

Fans gather at the various autograph stations before the start of the event. Stations were set up throughout the concourse with players at each, and they were available to autograph items and have pictures made.
This is the line for Pekka Rinne. His booth is past the far Tennessee Zone sign in the distance.
Francis Buillon and Sergei Kostitsyn at their autograph station.
Pekka Rinne signing a jersey for a fan.
Jack Hillen

Anders Lindback

Mike Fisher signs an autograph for a fan

Mattias Ekholm, our young defenseman and Swedish blogger

Ryan Suter signs a jersey
Blake Geoffrion

Patric Hornqvist interacts with a young fan. The impressive thing about all these players is their friendliness and approachability, and they seemed genuinely happy to visit with all the fans, especially the children.
Jerred Smithson and a young fan

Colin Wilson shares a laugh with a fan
Shea Weber talks with a fan while signing autographs
Rookie Craig Smith was a fan favorite

Niclas Bergfors

Gnash was there to interact with the fans
Terry Crisp signs a jersey for a young fan

The best play by play announcer in the NHL, Pete Weber, signs an autograph for a fan. Pete and Terry have a great time engaging the fans.

Pete with his lovely wife, Claudia
The View even had his picture made with Pete and Terry. I had to pay them immediately after the picture
was made

This is a great event that allows the fans to mingle with the players and see them as people. They are a great bunch of guys first and hockey players second. Kudos to the Predators organization for putting this event together.


  1. My wife and 2 of the kids are a blur in the background of the Pete and Terry photo. It was a fun night at the Bridgestone, but I'm much more excited for Thursday's game.

  2. My favorite moment from the meet the team party, at Blake Geoffrion/Ryan Suter's table:

    My Girlfriend (to Blake): "You must be getting tired of signing things by now."

    Blake (referring to Suter): "I guess so, he's over there complaining."