Shea Weber and Blake Geoffrion were the only two Predators nominated for awards at the Nashville Sports Council's Celebration of Champions that was held at the Grand Old Opry House on Wednesday night and both went home with hardware.
Shea Weber was named the "Sports Person of the Year," while Hobey Baker winner and Predator rookie, Blake Geoffrion was named the "Ed Temple Male Amateur Athlete of the Year."
In the Top Ten Sports Moments category, having two Predators in the Olympics last winter was given the five spot in the list.
Here are Predator related excerpts from the official release...
13TH ANNUAL PEPSI CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS PRESENTED BY KROGER HONORS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE SPORTS
Nashville, Tenn. March 9, 2011- The Nashville Sports Council honored the best in Middle Tennessee sports tonight at the 13th Annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger. The event recognizes accomplishments for the preceding calendar year. Award recipients were honored during the event at the historic Grand Ole Opry House amongst the nearly six hundred attendees. “The accomplishments of the nominees and award recipients have made 2010 another outstanding year for sports in Middle Tennessee, and I join the entire Tennessee Pepsi team in congratulating these athletes,” said Buddy Lewis, vice president and general manager of PBC’s Tennessee market unit.
Sports Person of the Year: Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Ed Temple Amateur Male Athlete of the Year: Blake Geoffrion, University of Wisconsin Hockey
5. Two Nashville Predators appear in gold medal game at 2010 Winter Olympics: Predator teammates Ryan Suter and Shea Weber became opponents in the 2010 Winter Olympics Gold Medal Hockey Game. Weber would ultimately win the gold with Team Canada while Team USA and Suter took home the silver. Both players had great performances for their respective countries- Suter led Team USA in minutes played with 137 and a plus 9 rating while collecting 4 assists. Weber was named to the 2010 Olympic all-star squad as he contributed 2 goals and 4 assists for the Canadians.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass