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A Mom's Love and Devotion Always Inspires

Predators Grandma, Super-Fan and Daughter's Caretaker Cheers for Others Both On and Off the Ice

One local, inspiring woman relishes teamwork, on and off the ice—certainly teamwork among her favorite hockey players and personal teamwork with her physically challenged daughter, just to be able to make it to home games.

Any true Nashville Predators hockey fan probably doesn't consider a game complete without seeing Dottie Snow Tubb. They may not know her name, but they know her special brand of team enthusiasm and unwavering fan support from behind the Predators' bench at home games for two decades.

"If you give hockey a chance, you'll likely realize hockey is everything you can possibly want in a sport. If you give the Nashville Predators a chance, you'll absolutely fall in love with the whole organization," assures Dottie, who typically sits over Preds' coach Peter Laviolette's right shoulder.

Dottie, 80, and her 56-year-old daughter, Lisa Montgomery, rarely miss a home game, which isn’t the easiest feat to accomplish due to Lisa’s crippling rheumatoid arthritis that leaves her in nearly nonstop debilitating bone and muscle pain.

“When Lisa lived in Pennsylvania, she was told she would be living from a wheelchair. Five years ago, they wanted to send her to assisted living, but I told her to come home,” Dottie says.

The mother-daughter team have worked together ever since to improve Lisa’s mobility. Part of her physical therapy includes Preds’ games. And, part of the way they ensure paying for their season tickets is to operate a laundry business together.

Lisa is the public relations, over-the-phone customer service director, while Dottie handles the actual laundry activities, including same-day service with expert folding.

“I just don’t see Lisa as crippled, I just don’t. Some days are worse for her than others, but I told her we’re just going to go on. That’s it. And I say, she’s going to the Preds’ games even if I have to carry her,” Dottie says.

Lisa always tries to push her pain to the background whenever the Preds score so she can lead the cheering by waving her cap into the air with both arms.

Lisa says her mother often gets the rock star treatment at the arena.

"The fans walk up to her and say they recognize her as that lady who sits behind the bench," she adds. 

Lisa and Dottie believe they have the best seats in the hockey house. And, they have a game day tradition: If the Preds haven't scored by the start of the third period, Lisa makes a snack run. They say it works every time.

Dottie affirms hockey has helped Lisa combat the effects of arthritis and enabled her to avoid having to live in a wheelchair, due to the desire to be an active and involved fan.

Also a super-fan at home, Dottie uses hockey pucks instead of coasters. Her son played local hockey for years, so she was seeking a professional team to adopt even before Nashville got the Preds. Now that it's the annual season of gratitude and inspiration, Dottie believes many elements associated with appreciation can be gleaned from hockey. At eight decades old, she credits hockey for her good health.

"It's the exercise of the steps and walking around the arena. It's also the excitement and exuberance of hockey that keeps us young," she says.

As avid dog lovers, Dottie and Lisa for sure signed up for the new Predators pet program "Weber Woof Pack," created by No. 7 Yannick Weber, who has two huskies.

Hockey players also are such great role models, asserts Dottie.

"I'm so grateful for hockey and the good it brought to my family," she says.

  • Dottie Snow Tubb (on far right) and her hockey fan family.