It’s a milestone day for the Nashville Predators.
They will play their first ever Stanley Cup final game tonight in Pittsburgh.
One-time Grande Prairie Minor Hockey player Chris Mason is a broadcaster with the Predators and a former player.
He describes the mood around Music City as “ultimate chaos.”
“It’s crazy. I’ve never seen this city like this before. It’s been just unbelievable. The games, obviously, people have seen inside the rink, but outside the rink, it’s just as nuts. They have big viewing screens all around downtown. It’s just been an amazing journey so far for this team and this city.”
He adds Nashville has embraced hockey because the team made a point of being involved in the community since the franchise first started.
“I really believe that over the years, that commitment, it’s really felt like the fans are a part of this team. I come back after 16 years playing here a few different times and coming back now, you develop relationships with these fans.”
Mason thinks a big effort from the whole lineup has gotten them this far.
“Their first eight games, they had eight different game-winning goal scorers and they’ve moved guys in and out of the line-ups. Vern Fiddler’s got a game-winning goal, Cody McLeod. And, their defence stepped up when the top line is getting shut down. To cap it off, Pekka Rinne (Predators goalie) has been absolutely outstanding.”
There is a Peace Region connection to both combatants in this year’s final.
Sexsmith product and former Storm player Carter Rowney is playing some key minutes as a Penguins forward.
Game 1 of the Cup final goes tonight in Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. Alberta time.
(photo from Wikipedia)