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“Nashville may be the country music capital, but local hockey fans know it as Smashville. The Predators adopted their name from bones of a saber toothed tiger found beneath a local building. Craig Leipold, original owner of the Nashville Predators, first purchased the expansion rights in 1997, and the team quickly built a loyal following. They won 28 games in the inaugural season. Twelve seasons later, the team finished second in the Central Division and appeared in its first-ever conference semifinals. One year later, they finally dispatched the longstanding rival Detroit Redwings 4-1 in the opening round of the playoffs.
Author Justin Bradford details the fascinating history through unique player anecdotes and perspectives from those involved in the team’s rise to prominence.”
– The History Press
Nashville Predators: The Making of Smashville is a publication of The History Press, a division of Arcadia Publishing. With a foreword written by Pete Weber, the voice of the Predators, the book includes more exclusive interviews with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, former coaches Barry Trotz, Mitch Korn and Lane Lambert, General Manager David Poile, Predators commentator Terry Crisp, Nashville Predators President and COO Sean Henry, Tomas Vokoun, Scott Walker, Cliff Ronning, Peter Laviolette, Filip Forsberg and many more!
Not only does the book include the full history of the Nashville Predators, but it’ll also include over 45 pictures of alumni, events and game action!
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