Justin is the author of "The Making of Smashville." An award-winning reporter, in 2013, he received the Silver Medal in the Best Sports Reporter Category for The Tennessean's Toast of Music City reader's poll. In 2014 & 2015, Justin was voted as the Best Sports Reporter in Nashville. In 2014, PenaltyBoxRadio.com received the silver medal as Best Blog in Nashville. In 2015, the website received the award for Best Sports Blog in Music City. In 2016, the site was awarded 2nd place as Best Blog in Nashville. He has been a featured guest on "NHL Tonight" on NHL Network, "Inside Sports Sunday on WSMV-TV, "All Things Considered" on NPR, "Road to the Cup" on WKRN-TV, "Sportsline" on NewsC hannel 5+, "Predators Playoffs Today" on ESPN 102.5 The Game, TSN 1290 Winnipeg, Sportsnet 590 The Fan - Toronto, TSN 1260 Edmonton, WGR Sports Radio 550 - Buffalo, and featured in The Ringer, Saturday Down South and The Tennessean. Credentialed by the Nashville Predators, the NHL (Stanley Cup Final, Draft, All Star Game), WCHA and CHL.
Brandon was born and raised in Lebanon, Tennessee but eventually moved to McMinnville, Tennessee after marrying his wife, Lindsey. He is a graduate of Cumberland University (GO BULLDOGS) with a Master of Arts in Education. Growing up in Middle Tennessee, hockey was not an interest early in life. He is a hockey convert. His introduction to hockey was through free tickets from his grandmother for a game between the Predators and the Dallas Stars. After this initial introduction, it has truly been an obsession. Along with his wife and son, Brandon goes to as many games as he can. From statistics to player interactions, he has become the ultimate hockey fan. He is a proud father, teacher, history nerd, music-lover, and true sports fanatic!
Cutler hails from a strange, faraway land known as “New York.” His family ties to Nashville led him to embrace the city, and its sports teams. Now, he gets to follow all of them full-time, as he is a student at Vanderbilt University, pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. In 2016, he spent the summer writing for NHL.com and working in the league headquarters, and in 2017 he interned for the Vegas Golden Knights' communications and content department. He also covers the Vanderbilt Commodores as sports editor the Vanderbilt Hustler, and acts as sports director for VandyRadio. He’s interviewed some big names in the hockey world, including Nicklas Lidstrom, Martin St. Louis, Bobby Clarke, Darren McCarty and Doug Maclean. In the past, he covered the Predators on Predlines.com and the whole NHL for TodaysSlapshot.com.
Michael got his first taste of covering the Preds while interning at the Nashville Post under David Boclair. After graduating from MTSU with a Master's degree in sport management, Michael began a full-time career as a sports journalist. At his day job, he is a sports editor and graphic designer for Main Street Media. He does a lot of work with high school sports in Murfreesboro and has covered the Preds for the last five years.
Host of the GMDP and former play-by-play announcer for Vanderbilt, Patten is also a graduate student in English at Belmont.
Tony was born and raised in Dallas, TX and despite being surrounded by the bright lights of football stadiums, it was at an early age when he caught a Penguins game on ESPN and immediately became hooked on the great game of hockey. It was just a few years later when the Minnesota North Stars brought the game of hockey into the North Texas region. After following the Stars for many years, Tony started StarsInsider.com and became the “go-to place” for breaking Stars news delivered in a “no-holds barred” fashion. Honesty and accuracy were the platform for StarsInsider.com. Quickly, the site garnered a following from the most passionate hockey fans and accessibility to some of the biggest names in hockey presented itself. GMs, players, executives, and several trips to the NHL Draft allowed the opportunity for Stars fans to feel like they were in the middle of the action. In 2016, Tony and his family moved to the Nashville area where he has embraced Smashville where he looks to contribute to the passionate fan base by providing the same insightful opinions and news from the Predators. In addition, Tony has worked closely with USA Hockey and the NWHL. Tony is married to a retired professional golfer with two boys.
In memoriam Big Ben is a proud father first and foremost, and is known to be a pretty big Predators fan. He is also a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, The Philadelphia Phillies, Puppies and Hugs. A 10 year volunteer firefighter and extrication technician, Ben has turned his love of hockey and firefighting into Firehouse Hockey. He is the co-host of Penalty Box Radio on 102.5 ESPN Radio-Nashville. Other hobbies include camping, fishing and target shooting. He is marryied the love of his life, Brandy, and they live happily with their two rescue pups.
George was born in San Jose, California where he grew to love hockey. He has been an editor for the Predlines hockey blog as well as written for multiple sites about different teams. On top of writing, George has worked as a scout and analyst in the OHL. It's George's personal mission to destigmatize advanced analytics and make them accessible for all fans.
Camryn was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and has lived in Michigan, Taiwan and now resides in Dickson. She attends the University of Tennessee Knoxville and upon graduation hopes to pursue a degree in Sports Marketing. Her love for hockey started when she was 9 years old and her dad would quiz her on hockey teams and players. That love became an obsession when her and her dad got season tickets to the Predators and she began to interact with the team and fanbase. She is now the co-owner of @The7thPred on Twitter and tweets Predators related stats and updates.
Matt is a Canadian that proudly resides in the hockey mecca that is known as Toronto. The poutine doesn’t cloud his judgement as he’s been venturing from arena to arena appreciating other teams that aren’t necessarily blue and white (and have won a cup since ’67). After graduating from the College of Sports Media, Matt has seen his work published on The Fake Hockey, the FNTSY Sports Network, SportsGrid as well as Coach Esser. Matt now works at TSN as a story editor. He was also employed by Hockey Canada during the 2015 World Juniors where it wasn’t frowned upon to scream Big Willy when Sweden played. If you need Matt, send him a Tweet. His igloo has wifi, eh.
Andy Simmons is a digital and social media specialist who previously worked at The Dickson Herald and Tennessean covering high school sports. Some of his other stops include The Southeast Sun in Enterprise, Al. and the LaGrange Daily News in his hometown of LaGrange, Ga. He's a fan of brunch, his alma mater Troy University, and attempting to be marginal at golf.
Doug (also known to some as Dr. Dougerz) started his passion for hockey back in 1999 attending his first game between Pittsburgh and Toronto. Since then, his thirst for Predators hockey has now become a passion, and a way of life. Professionally, he holds several college degrees with emphases in business, technology, and education. Hockey is his newest subject matter and hopes to help others learn the sport as he does himself. When not an Ambassador and second year citizen of Smashville, he enjoys game shows, roller coasters, the outdoors, and learning more about hockey.
Matt was born and raised northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana but has a ton of family roots in The Volunteer State. He vividly remembers being 9 years old, screaming at the TV for the Colts to draft his favorite football player - Peyton Manning. He's married to his wonderful wife Danielle and many of their friends joke that they married each other because of their common love of good food. His love for hockey began with the Indianapolis Ice, a long defunct IHL team. He never cared for any of the surrounding NHL teams (Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Columbus) and suffered through a long-standing hockey drought in Indy. Sometime in the 09-10 season he found himself in Nashville and decided he needed to take a more active interest in hockey, and the Preds would be his team.
Michael is a proud Nashville native, and loves its unique hockey culture. He is the co-host of Between the Fangs podcast, which focuses primarily on analytics in the NHL. After a brief tenure in Chicago for school, Michael is back home and ready to tell the hockey world what Nashville is all about. His specific interests are in analytics, in-depth player profiles, and chirping people at open hockey. Feel free to reach out to him - he never shies away from an argument.
Alyssa was born and raised in the land of crazy people, also known as Florida. She knows the proper way to run away from a gator and enjoys getting bombarded with ridiculous headlines about Floridians from her non-Floridian friends. A proponent of moving (4 states and counting) and hot sauce (4 in her desk at work and counting), she enjoys long walks to the arena or to bed. Her hockey obsession can be traced back to her uncle, who had her playing NHL games on her Sega before she could read or write (all about priorities - but don’t worry because now she can do all 3). Her family is from Eastern Europe but moved to Pittsburgh when they came to the United States, and the love for hockey only escalated from there. She works in Austin but fell in love with Nashville while obtaining her graduate degree at the University of Georgia. A die-hard Dawgs fan, who thinks every year is their year (just like any Georgia fan), she’s just another Southerner dying to talk college football (normal) and hockey (not-as-normal).
Zach Oswanski was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where he grew up a fan of the Detroit Red Wings. He moved to Nashville in 2009 to study at Vanderbilt University, and began following the Predators. He started attending games on college night, and has been a fan ever since. Zach currently teaches English at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee. He also coaches the Nolensville/Ravenwood2 GNASH hockey team and plays in a Sunday night league at Centennial Sportsplex. When he isn't watching hockey or at the rink, he is probably grading, reading or locked in combat with his overweight cat.
Abby Miles, born in Nashville and raised in Columbia, has been a hockey fan for as long as she can remember. Having a dad who grew up loving hockey made her love for the sport inevitable. At a young age, she started becoming personally involved with different aspects of the game and studying all elements of it, and attending every game she could possibly make it to. This only made her desire to be a part of the sport more apparent. Abby is now 19, a high school graduate, tweets game updates and statistics for @SmashvilleProud and is ready to pursue a career in sports journalism and broadcasting.
Benjamin was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in the outskirts of the Nashville area. His love for hockey began when his parents took him to his first Nashville Predators game when he was a young child. Ever since then, Benjamin has continued to go to as many Predators games as possible and has obtained a passion for hockey. He currently is studying communications with a concentration in journalism and news editorial at Tennessee Tech University. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a profession in sports journalism. Whenever Benjamin is not watching hockey, he usually is hanging out with friends, playing video games, skateboarding, working at a movie theatre, or interning with the marketing and promotions coordinator for Tennessee Tech’s athletic department.
Katie is a Middle Tennessee native and is no stranger to the Music City sports scene. She’s covered the Nashville Predators, Tennessee Titans, Vanderbilt Commodores and various high school teams in the area. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Katie spent some time working at a TV station in Mississippi where she learned what true humidity really is. Tennessee heat and humidity has nothing on Mississippi. She was glad to head home to work at The Tennessean where she got her first taste of what it’s like to cover the NHL. In addition to contributing to Penalty Box Radio, Katie is a Graduate Student at Belmont University and works in the Bruin’s Athletic Department as a sideline reporter, feature reporter, and contribute’s to social media. Working in Nashville as a sports reporter is a dream come true for Katie and she’s honored and grateful for the continued tasks ahead!