For the first time in Predators franchise history, players, coaches, and staff brought their mothers along for a road trip – a Monday afternoon contest in Washington D.C. – a chance to show their biggest fans firsthand what life as a professional hockey player is all about.
And it seems the moms were a good luck charm as the Predators broke a 10 game losing streak for a 6-3 victory over Washington Capitals.
“You could tell how much it meant to them,” Johansen shared on the Predators website. “After the game was over, we looked up there and they were hootin’ and hollerin’ pretty good. It’s a fun experience for them and we’re happy we could get the win for them to make it even more special.”
And for Rocco, having his mom along makes the win that much more satisfying.
“She’s a tough, strong woman, so it means a lot for her to show the emotion,” Grimaldi said. “I’ve said it all week, but my parents have sacrificed everything for me, basically retired from their jobs early as police officers to hopefully let me live my dream one day. They took a chance on a 12-year-old kid to move to Michigan just for hockey, so they’ve done everything for me. It was a nice little reward to score, but I’m sure she likes the win a lot more than me scoring.”
See photos from the trip below. All photos credit John Russell.