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. Credentialed by the Nashville Predators, the NHL (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. In the past, Cutler has covered the entire NHL and global hockey for TodaysSlapshot.com and IceNationUK.com. He also covers the Vanderbilt Commodores for 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. Before he joined Penalty Box Radio, he covered the Predators on Predlines.com and managed FangFaction.com.
Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can't pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don't get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. During the hockey season, Steven is a junior hockey reporter for the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and also focuses on international hockey for his website, TheHockeyHouse.net.
In 2010, Nashville Scene named Patten one of the Best Community Role Models for the City of Nashville...for some reason. A graduate of Belmont with a double major in journalism and broadcasting, Patten utilizes neither of those skills as he tries to put Penalty Box Radio on the map as a destination for live hockey broadcasting. In former lives, Patten has covered the the NHL Draft, the AHL All Star Classic and over 100 Predators games. A former season ticket holder in the Cellblock, Patten now spends whatever spare time he as working as a Scout Intern with the International Scouting Service while trying very hard to remember not to heckle the children. Patten enjoys bicycling, cooking, gingers and his cat, Lexie.
A father, soldier, avid sports fan, and wannabe blogger, Stan attended his first hockey game in the fall of 2011. He tasted the koolaid and now he can't get enough! You can find him watching hockey of any level at any given time!
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.
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.
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.
Chris has spent the majority of his life in the Nashville area after his family moved down from Minnesota in 1996. A graduate from Miami University, (not the warm one in Florida) Chris was the color commentator for the Miami student radio program for the RedHawks hockey team during the 2009-10 season. He would later join the Miami University Athletic Department as an intern for the next two years. Chris was also a contributor for Ontheforecheck.com for the 2012-13 season. A former Avalanche fan, Chris became a die-hard Preds fan in 2005. When not watching hockey or at work, you can find him hotly debating his brother in endless armchair GM discussions or at Ford Ice Center playing in their D-league for the Wolfpack.
Dustin is a pilot by day, goalie by Sunday. He and his wife have two beautiful daughters. You can find him on the ice at Ford ice Center playing in goal for the Mighty Drunks or in the skies above you.