Predators unveil new catfish tank for start of NHL playoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tossing catfish onto the ice has been a popular hockey tradition in Music City, and the Nashville Predators finally have their own catfish tank inside the arena.

President Sean Henry unveiled the new tank hours before the Predators opened the NHL postseason against Colorado in their first-round Western Conference series. The team put the first of four catfish into the tank Wednesday with the second coming before Game 1 on Thursday night.

Henry says four symbolizes the wins needed in each postseason series and the four series victories needed to win the NHL’s ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup. The Predators named the first catfish Gill and the second fish will be named Ben in honor of a longtime fan who died in 2017.