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 was born and raised in New York until the age of 15. That's New York state, not New York City; yes there is a difference. Sports up north predominantly consisted of football, baseball and basketball. However, after moving down south, a friend took Michael to his first NHL game. On the night of that Predators shootout win over the St. Louis Blues, in which David Legwand scored the game-winner, a new hockey fan was born. Since that day, he was hooked. Hockey surpassed the mighty NFL and quickly became Michael's favorite sport. While finishing up his graduate degree at MTSU, Michael got his first taste of covering the Preds while interning at the Nashville Post under David Boclair. He has been covering the team ever since and is proud to provide coverage to the most loyal fanbase in the NHL.
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.
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.
Camryn was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and has lived in Michigan, Taiwan and now resides in Dickson. She will be a senior at Dickson County High School 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 18, a high school graduate, tweets game updates and statistics for @SmashvilleProud and is ready to pursue a career in sports journalism and broadcasting.