There are many people who thought that a southern hockey team would never last. More than 20 years ago, a franchise expansion team opened up in Nashville, TN called the Nashville Predators. Although the team went through a lot of struggles and changes, they are now playing in the Stanley Cup. This is the story of how they were able to build a team from the ground up and win at a high level.
Tennessee is a football state and will be for the foreseeable future. The University of Tennessee is one of the best college football programs in the country over the past 100 years. In addition, the Tennessee Titans are an NFL team that shows a lot of promise. When the Nashville Predators moved in, the national media was mocking them and saying that they would never be able to field a lot of fan support. Nashville is now ranked as one of the best hockey experiences in the country. This is just one of the ways that the team has grown over the years.
In the first playoff series this year, the Predators were a low seed facing the number one seed in the conference in Chicago. This is a big rivalry, and Chicago was heavily favored. For the first time in the history of professional sports, an eight seed swept a number one seed in the playoffs. From there, the Predators had to endure injuries to key players but kept moving forward. After a tough series with the Ducks, the Predators are now waiting for the winner of a game tonight to see who they will play for the championship. There is twenty years of hard work that went into this team, and they are only four games away from a title.