Team Name and Logo

Predators name and logo rooted in history

The Predators unveiled their logo, a saber-toothed tiger, in Nashville's downtown First American Center on September 25, 1997, 26 years after a fang and foreleg bone of a saber-toothed tiger were found in a cave just below the building's address.

In May of 1971, excavation began at the downtown Nashville site of what today is the 28-story First American Center.  Construction workers drilled through 20 feet of solid rock before coming to a soft muddy area.  Further digging revealed a cave containing the nine-inch fang and a foreleg bone of a saber-toothed tiger, extinct for at least 10,000 years.

Radiocarbon tests on the specimen revealed that it could have possibly been one of the last of its breed to exist.  Scientists believe that some time during the last glacial period (15,000-80,000 years ago) part of the cave was the den of the saber-toothed tiger.

The discovery, made in August 1971, marks only the fifth of its kind in North America. The cave, located beneath the building, is preserved under concrete for historic and educational purposes.

The saber-toothed tiger logo was co-designed by JDK Design of Burlington, Vermont and Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence of Nashville.


On November 13, 1997, the saber-toothed tiger logo was unveiled for the first time with the Predators insignia attached to it. On February 12, 1998, Head Coach Barry Trotz and Assistant Coach Paul Gardner unveiled the Predators’ inaugural home and away jerseys at Cool Springs Galleria.

On November 21, 2001, the Predators debuted a third jersey with a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena. The jersey featured an “animated” saber-tooth tiger logo on the crest and tiger skulls on the shoulders. It was retired following the 2006-07 season.

For the 2007-08 season, the Predators, along with the other 29 NHL teams, introduced the Rbk EDGE Uniform System to further meet the performance demands of today’s player.

The Predators would debut a new third jersey on November 27, 2009 against the St. Louis Blues. The sweaters, which features a vintage-inspired lace-up front, a subtle checkerboard pattern lining the bottom of the jersey, and a bolder and more simplified color scheme, were worn for the past two seasons, but will be set aside in 2011-12, making way for the first logo and color scheme redesign in franchise history.

The logo and uniforms for the 2011-12 season were designed to develop a powerful, long-term brand message and help infuse new life into the Nashville Predators imagery and brand with a more contemporary, aggressive, streamlined logo that still maintains the basic Pred Head concept. A new secondary logo was also designed to represent the state flag of Tennessee and Nashville’s Music City heritage simultaneously, with a guitar pick shape incorporating the three stars of the state’s three grand divisions – West, Middle and East. The “Predators Gold” sweaters create a distinctive, dominant, bold look that balances traditional elements of classic uniforms, with those unique to Nashville — guitar strings in the numbering and lettering, fangs in the neck area and piano keys on the inside of the collars.