The 20 skaters who took the ice for the first time as Nashville Predators back in October 1998 have plenty of fond memories of those first few seasons, but few stand out as much as opening night.
Players arrived in Hummers and walked a red carpet into the arena, instantly earning an appreciation for how the city knew how to do celebrity.
Forward Tom Fitzgerald said the night was a signal from the Music City that We do things differently.
This is a show, Fitzgerald said of the message. Opening night is exactly what it is. You roll out the red carpet. There was excitement. I have fantastic memories. Im getting goose bumps as Im speaking of it now.
Goalie Mike Dunham remembers the same. He also remembers fans cheering when he would stop dump-ins from center ice and thinking how he could get used to that and about videos played on the scoreboard screen between whistles to explain simple rules of the game like offside or icing.
Dunham also remembers meeting country music stars Vince...