Country Stars Catch Stanley Cup Fever, Support Predators at Big Game [PICTURES]
Nashville is all about the Predators run for the Stanley Cup these days — country stars included! A number of big-name artists were in attendance at Monday night’s (May 22) Western Conference Final Game 6, when the Preds defeated the Anaheim Ducks to become Western Conference Champions and earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.
Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren took in the big game with Brett Eldredge and Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline. At least one member of Old Dominion was at the game as well: On the band’s official Instagram account, there’s a video of the crowd at Bridgestone Arena chanting, “We want the Cup!” following the Preds’ 6-3 victory.
Kelsea Ballerini shared a fun Boomerang video of herself at the game, waving around a gold rally towel; she’s sporting a Nashville Predators hoodie as well. Chris Young also posted a video of the crowd cheering on their hometown team, and Lee Brice revealed that he was lucky enough to take in the big event with one of his sons. A decked-out Carrie Underwood and a voiceless Dierks Bentley were also among the artists supporting the Preds on Monday night.
Trisha Yearwood performed the National Anthem before puck drop and watched Game 6 with her husband, Garth Brooks; she also managed to snap a photo with the Nashville Predators mascot, Gnash.
Nashville’s National Anthem singers during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have, thus far, all been country stars: Underwood and Bryan sang the Anthem during the Preds’ two home Round 1 playoff games, while Little Big Town, Vince Gill and his daughters Jenny and Corinna and Lady Antebellum sang during Round 2. For Nashville’s two other home games in Nashville’s Western Conference Final series, Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson did the honors.
The Nashville Predators won their Western Conference Final series vs. the Anaheim Ducks four games to two; the team was presented with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl and will now compete for the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. The Preds defeated the Chicago Blackhawks four games to none during their first Stanley Cup Playoffs series to advance to Round 2; they then defeated the St. Louis Blues four games to two in that series to advance to Round 3.
Nashville’s Stanley Cup Final opponent has yet to be determined; in the Eastern Conference Final series, the Pittsburgh Penguins are leading the Ottawa Senators three games to two, with Game 6 scheduled for Tuesday night (May 23). The Stanley Cup Final series is scheduled to begin on Monday (May 29), with Nashville’s first home game scheduled for June 3. The team will also host a game on June 5, and could be hosting a game on June 11, should the series go that long.