The city of Nashville is going completely bonkers for the Predators after reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. On Saturday, they won their first ever game in the Final with a 5-1 blowout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they look to even the series at two games apiece on Monday night.
Before puck drop on Monday, one of Nashville’s best players was honored by the city when center Ryan Johansen was named honorary mayor of the day.
Here is the entire announcement from Mayor Megan Barry.
Whereas, Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen has completed a breathtaking season in the National Hockey League, inspiring fans with his impressive performances, including 13 points from 14 playoff games against Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim; and
Whereas, Johansen has continued to support his team, even after falling victim to a season-ending injury and his first layoff since joining the Predators last January; and
Whereas, it is fitting and proper that this outstanding young man’s contributions – both on and off the ice, having raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation during his offseason last year – deserve the full recognition of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Megan Barry, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, do hereby proclaim Ryan Johansen Honorary Mayor Of Nashville On June 5, 2017 in the City of Nashville, and I would like to invite all of my fellow citizens and Predators fans to join me in celebrating Ryan Johansen’s magical season with the Preds as we head into Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final.
I have hereunto set my hand on this 2nd day of June, 2017.
Megan Barry, Mayor
Johansen is the Predators’ No. 1 center and finished the season with 14 goals and 47 assists in 82 games. He was having a great postseason with 12 points in 13 games before undergoing emergency surgery for acute compartment syndrome, ending his postseason.