The Nashville Predators is an American team of professional ice hockey players based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a member of the National Hockey League and plays for the Central Division, representing the Western Conference. The club was founded in 1998 thanks to the expansion of the franchise provided to businessman Craig Leipold. In 2008, ownership of it passed to a local group of managers. Predators Holdings LLC now owns it. The team is led by David Poile and coached by John Hynes.
Meaning and History
The unique logo of the Nashville hockey players appeared before the formation of the squad. At first, the choice was between the country symbolism, with which the region is closely associated, and the canine found in the city. In 1971, during the work, builders dug up a prehistoric cave in the center.
As a result of laying the foundations of one of the buildings, they dug a bone and a canine in the ground. After research, it turned out that both fragments belong to a saber-toothed tiger: a leg and a tooth nine inches long belong to an animal that lived in these parts about 80 thousand years ago.
The athletes decided to take the image of a predatory animal as the basis of the emblem:
- It is Nashville’s main attraction and has an exact link to the place where the club was formed.
- He is distinguished by a formidable disposition, wild nature, swiftness, physical endurance, and readiness to attack.
- It looks impressive, so it looks good on hockey paraphernalia.
The most curious thing about the history of the Nashville Predators emblem is that it arose not after but before the team’s formation. Upon receipt of the franchise in 1997, the management immediately presented a completely unusual logo for hockey symbols. A six-colored tiger with a sharp fang stood out from the ice theme. But still, at the insistence of the owners, he remained on the logo.
But the text part (the name of the club) decided to offer a choice of residents. The club received almost 75 options in a short time, of which three were voted on Attack, Fury, Ice Tigers. One was liked by the fans, the other by the hockey players, and the third by the owners. In the end, Craig Leipold came up with a fourth version, which had no objection. This is how the inscription “Predators” appeared on the attributes.
During the franchise’s existence, it had only two logos: the debut one and one modified. The first version was created by the local design studio JDK Design. She came up with the image, appearance, and palette.
1998 – 2011
The first emblem was difficult for visual perception due to a large number of colors. It depicts the head of an ancient saber-toothed tiger in profile with an open mouth, from which powerful, sharp, and long fangs protruded. The animal’s ears are pressed, the eye is narrowed, the withers are straightened and directed forward. The image of the animal is made up of claw-like strokes and strict lines. The head has a double edging – blue and yellow.
2011 – today
After the redesign, the logo’s color palette was simplified: the artists left only three colors instead of six. Also, they added more specificity to the pupil: the eye became clear, precise, and well-defined. Also, many small details were removed, making it easier to perceive the hockey symbols.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The main focus of the logo is on the graphic part because it is directly related to Nashville’s history and reflects its heritage. During construction work on one of the city’s most ambitious architectural sites (the UBS tower), a team of workers discovered an unknown animal’s skeleton. It turned out to be a saber-toothed tiger called Smilodon Floridius that lived on Earth about 80,000-11,500 years ago, before the early Anthropocene era. Since the name of the club ideally echoed the predator’s theme, it was decided to choose this image – aggressive, frightening, and memorable.
Early versions of the text sign used the typeface Interdiction, designed by Daniel Zadorozny. But since the lettering was illegible, the team changed the font in 2011. The balanced ratio of curves and decorative elements now looks harmoniously in combination with the main emblem’s appearance. All letters are uppercase, chopped.
The debut logo consisted of six colors: red, white, yellow, blue, silver, and dark gray. The current version contains only three colors that remained after the 2011 redesign. These are mustard (# ffb915), white (# ffffff), and dark blue (# 011840).