USA Hockey Magazine

January 2018

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hen the NHL expanded to Nashville in 1998, some wondered whether hockey would take off in Music City. The massive and passionate crowd of Predators fans gathered along the city's famed Broadway strip during last season's Stanley Cup run was definite proof it has. Blake Geoffrion, the first Tennessean to play in the NHL, remembers how hockey fever spread across the entire Volunteer State last spring. "You had the entire city and state watching the Predators and ... people gathering in the streets and on Broadway," said the Brentwood native, who played two seasons with the Predators before his career was cut short by a head injury in 2012. MUSIC TO THEIR EARS 24 // JANUARY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM Twenty Years After The Predators' Arrival, Hockey Continues To Hit All The Right Notes In Nashville W By Debra Rughoo

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