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Rotary paid visit by a head Pred
Gerry Helper speaks in front of the Rotary Club of McMinnville during its weekly meeting last Thursday at First Presbyterian Church.
Last Thursday, the Rotary Club of McMinnville had the honor of hosting a well-known name among Nashville Predators fans in senior vice president of hockey communications and public relations, Gerry Helper.Helper has over 37 years of experience in the NHL that started with the Buffalo Sabres in 1979.Helper talked about several topics pertaining to the Predators, such as their deep playoff run in last year’s Stanley Cup Playoff and the June 29 acquisition of defenseman P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens as they had to trade lifelong captain of the team, Shea Weber, just to name a few.“We as a franchise have been through a lot over the past 19 years, but it has been an incredible journey and I think back to what it was to what it is now and there is nothing greater than the playoff run we experienced a few months ago.”Helper talked about what the playoff run meant to the city of Nashville and the Predators.“We had made the playoffs several times but have never made it out of the second round. We had never played in a game seven in the playoffs and in a matter of two weeks we had played in two.”One game in particular Helper mentioned was the three-overtime thriller, which saw the Predators defeat the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in a game that lasted until the early morning in Nashville.Helper said, “The emotional swings of that game and the reaction to the crowd after the game, will make it one of the most memorable experience for our fans for years to come and it was one of those signature moments for the franchise to always remember.”Helper continued to talk about the future of the Predators and what they want to bring to Nashville.“We think we are on the right track as an organization, but we’re not satisfied. The goal is to bring a Stanley Cup to Nashville and to have the No.