Justin is the author of "The Making of Smashville." An award-winning reporter, in 2013, he received the Silver Medal in the Best Sports Reporter Category for The Tennessean's Toast of Music City reader's poll. In 2014 & 2015, Justin was voted as the Best Sports Reporter in Nashville. In 2014, PenaltyBoxRadio.com received the silver medal as Best Blog in Nashville. In 2015, the website received the award for Best Sports Blog in Music City. In 2016, the site was awarded 2nd place as Best Blog in Nashville. He has been a featured guest on "NHL Tonight" on NHL Network, "Inside Sports Sunday on WSMV-TV, "All Things Considered" on NPR, "Road to the Cup" on WKRN-TV, "Sportsline" on NewsC hannel 5+, "Predators Playoffs Today" on ESPN 102.5 The Game, TSN 1290 Winnipeg, Sportsnet 590 The Fan - Toronto, TSN 1260 Edmonton, WGR Sports Radio 550 - Buffalo, and featured in The Ringer, Saturday Down South and The Tennessean. Credentialed by the Nashville Predators, the NHL (Stanley Cup Final, Draft, All Star Game), WCHA and CHL.
Brandon was born and raised in Lebanon, Tennessee but eventually moved to McMinnville, Tennessee after marrying his wife, Lindsey. He is a graduate of Cumberland University (GO BULLDOGS) with a Master of Arts in Education. Growing up in Middle Tennessee, hockey was not an interest early in life. He is a hockey convert. His introduction to hockey was through free tickets from his grandmother for a game between the Predators and the Dallas Stars. After this initial introduction, it has truly been an obsession. Along with his wife and son, Brandon goes to as many games as he can. From statistics to player interactions, he has become the ultimate hockey fan. He is a proud father, teacher, history nerd, music-lover, and true sports fanatic!
Michael got his first taste of covering the Preds while interning at the Nashville Post under David Boclair. After graduating from MTSU with a Master's degree in sport management, Michael began a full-time career as a sports journalist. At his day job, he is a sports editor and graphic designer for Main Street Media. He does a lot of work with high school sports in Murfreesboro and has covered the Preds for the last five years.
George was born in San Jose, California where he grew to love hockey. He has been an editor for the Predlines hockey blog as well as written for multiple sites about different teams. On top of writing, George has worked as a scout and analyst in the OHL. It's George's personal mission to destigmatize advanced analytics and make them accessible for all fans.
Host of the GMDP and former play-by-play announcer for Vanderbilt, Patten is also a graduate student in English at Belmont.
John lives in Madison, WI and has been attending Milwaukee Admirals games for over a decade. John and his Dad went to their first game and instantly fell in love with the sport. John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and is an insurance agent by day. Besides the Milwaukee Admirals and the Nashville Predators, John is a Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He is happily engaged to his fiancee, Stephanie.
Michael is a proud Nashville native, and loves its unique hockey culture. He is the co-host of Between the Fangs podcast, which focuses primarily on analytics in the NHL. After a brief tenure in Chicago for school, Michael is back home and ready to tell the hockey world what Nashville is all about. His specific interests are in analytics, in-depth player profiles, and chirping people at open hockey. Feel free to reach out to him - he never shies away from an argument.
Camryn was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and has lived in Michigan, Taiwan and now resides in Dickson. She attends the University of Tennessee Knoxville and upon graduation hopes to pursue a degree in Sports Marketing. Her love for hockey started when she was 9 years old and her dad would quiz her on hockey teams and players. That love became an obsession when her and her dad got season tickets to the Predators and she began to interact with the team and fanbase. She is now the co-owner of @The7thPred on Twitter and tweets Predators related stats and updates.
Tony was born and raised in Dallas, TX and despite being surrounded by the bright lights of football stadiums, it was at an early age when he caught a Penguins game on ESPN and immediately became hooked on the great game of hockey. It was just a few years later when the Minnesota North Stars brought the game of hockey into the North Texas region. After following the Stars for many years, Tony started StarsInsider.com and became the “go-to place” for breaking Stars news delivered in a “no-holds barred” fashion. Honesty and accuracy were the platform for StarsInsider.com. Quickly, the site garnered a following from the most passionate hockey fans and accessibility to some of the biggest names in hockey presented itself. GMs, players, executives, and several trips to the NHL Draft allowed the opportunity for Stars fans to feel like they were in the middle of the action. In 2016, Tony and his family moved to the Nashville area where he has embraced Smashville where he looks to contribute to the passionate fan base by providing the same insightful opinions and news from the Predators. In addition, Tony has worked closely with USA Hockey and the NWHL. Tony is married to a retired professional golfer with two boys.
Jack Woods is a writer for Penalty Box Radio and Full Press Coverage. A native to Middle Tennessee, he grew up in the suburbs of Williamson County and recently graduated from Centennial High School in Franklin. He will attend DePauw University and play baseball in the fall of 2019. Woods plans to study media/journalism and communications at DePauw, and aspires to become a full time sports writer/talk show host. In a nutshell, he's just a kid from Tennessee who loves hockey.
Matt is a Canadian that proudly resides in the hockey mecca that is known as Toronto. The poutine doesn’t cloud his judgement as he’s been venturing from arena to arena appreciating other teams that aren’t necessarily blue and white (and have won a cup since ’67). After graduating from the College of Sports Media, Matt has seen his work published on The Fake Hockey, the FNTSY Sports Network, SportsGrid as well as Coach Esser. Matt now works at TSN as a story editor. He was also employed by Hockey Canada during the 2015 World Juniors where it wasn’t frowned upon to scream Big Willy when Sweden played. If you need Matt, send him a Tweet. His igloo has wifi, eh.
Raine Hernandez is a Mississauga Ontario native (just outside of Toronto). He is currently at Ryerson University for their Sport Media program. With a love for all sports, particularly junior hockey, catch Raine recapping all the highlights of the OHL season.
Abby Miles, born in Nashville and raised in Columbia, has been a hockey fan for as long as she can remember. Having a dad who grew up loving hockey made her love for the sport inevitable. At a young age, she started becoming personally involved with different aspects of the game and studying all elements of it, and attending every game she could possibly make it to. This only made her desire to be a part of the sport more apparent. Abby is now 19, a high school graduate, tweets game updates and statistics for @SmashvilleProud and is ready to pursue a career in sports journalism and broadcasting.
Weston Demonbreun is an Assistant Band Director at Mt. Juliet High School in Mt. Juliet, TN. He is heavily involved with the marching band, concert band, and directs the jazz band, as well as teaching AP Music Theory and Beginning Piano. Weston has loved sports all his life. His hobbies include golf, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, photography, and hiking/camping/fishing. He also loves all things related to superheroes, Star Wars, and generally nerdy things. He graduated from Tennessee Tech University in December of 2011, and married his beautiful wife, Gretchen, just a couple of short weeks later in January, 2012. Together they reside in Gallatin, TN, with their baby boy, Fisher, and their dogs, Aslan and Tilly, and cats, Merry and Pippin.