Originally posted on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 1/22/13
I used to frequent a wide variety of message boards back in the day, one of the best was good ol' Fanhome.  Fanhome was a site that had mini-message boards for all 30 of the league's teams and each board had a tight knit group of posters and some forums were more friendly than others.  One team I must admit I have a weakness for is the Nashville Predators.  I guess when the NHL's most recent surge of expansion hit in the late 1990's and early 2000's the excitement was over getting a new club of our own that I began to follow the league with a little more passion and the first franchise of the most 'recent' growth was Nashville.  The Predators, a team that personifies two things.  A non-traditional market and a small market that has shown tremendous resourcefulness.  In those halcyon days back in 1998, even Predators' Head Coach Barry Trotz understood he was coaching a team that played in an area that had little understanding of the game.  But that was 15 years ago and the crowds tha...
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