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Fans have been waiting a long time to see the preds players back on the ice at bridgestone Arena and before the season opener the Preds organization thanked their loyal fans for waiting out a stressful NHL lockout with a Music City style celebration.
The band is back and so was gnash for the first Preds plaza party of the season.
"We're having a great time right now," said Joe Wackowski, Predators fan. "I wouldn't miss it for the world."
The fans that showed up early to celebrate the Nashville Predators season opener also got to shake hands with head coach Barry Trotz and take pictures with their favorite players.
"It's nice," Wackowski said. "Shea Weber took a nice picture with me. It was nice to see the captain out."
It was the least the organization could do to thank the fans that stuck by the team through the stressful NHL lockout that cost the team and its loyal fans about half the season.
Of course some fans, like Kenneth Karpel are more dedicated than others.
"We're fourth-year season ticket holders," Karpel said. "We love hockey, we live two hours away in Hohenwald and we make a four hour trip every home game."
This season, Karpel has a lot less trips to make, but every single one of them is a blast at Bridgestone.
"We just absolutely love hockey and we love Smashville," Karpel said.
Sunday, January 20 2013, 06:18 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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