The Nashville Predators are one of 30 National Hockey League clubs and one of four teams located in the Southeastern United States along with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. The NHL's 27th franchise, the Preds began play during the 1998-99 season, hosted the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend, and qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs eight times.
Following the hiring of Head Coach Peter Laviolette, just the second head coach in franchise history, on May 6, 2014, the Preds finished third in the Western Conference during the 2014-15 season and returned to the postseason for the first time in three years. With loads of young talent and proven veteran leadership the Predators are poised for continued success for many years to come.
The Predators play at Bridgestone Arena, Pollstar Magazine's 2014 Arena of the Year, in the heart of downtown Nashville and are regularly recognized as having some of the loudest and most loyal fans in the NHL. During the 2014-15 season the Preds set franchise record attendance numbers with over 691,028 fans attending games and selling out 30 of 41 home contests.
The Predators play to both regional and national TV and radio audiences, are supported globally through their website – NashvillePredators.com and provide several outlets to partner with a professional sports franchise.