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[Report] Nathan Gerbe announces retirement, joins Predators as forward development coach

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Nathan Gerbe has been hired to replace Bordeleau as the team's Forward Development Coach. He will assist Nichol in following and evaluating forward prospects drafted and signed by Nashville, helping them with their maturation process into NHL players by focusing on nutrition, off-ice workouts and conditioning, practice habits and game performance. A veteran of 13 professional seasons, Gerbe played parts of 11 campaigns in the NHL with Buffalo, Carolina and Columbus, tallying 151 points (63g-88a) in 435 games. He closed out his playing career with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters from 2017-21, serving as captain for two seasons; he also skated two seasons in the Swiss league from 2016-18. In addition to being a two-time AHL All-Star and the AHL Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, Gerbe earned numerous awards prior to turning pro. He was named NCAA Tournament MVP en route to a national championship with Boston College as a junior in 2007-08; that same season, he also helped the Eagles win the Hockey East as conference tournament MVP, recorded the most goals (35) and points (68) among all Division I skaters and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Internationally, the Oxford, Mich., native represented the United States several times, including at the 2005 World U-18 Championship, where he won gold; at the 2004 World U-18 Championship, earning silver; and at two World Junior Championships, taking home bronze in 2007.

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34 minutes ago, DeNiro said:

Over 400 games in the NHL at 5’4” inches. Gotta give the guy props, that takes some stones to go up against the likes of Chara…

 

 

 

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People routinely talk about tough guys as the ones who were 6'4, 220, and inflicted a ton of pain on others. To me, they're confusing strength and meanness (both good qualities) for toughness. 

 

Gerbe has to be one of the toughest in the NHL. As soon as he touches the ice, you know that there are five guys looking to make an example of him. He's easy to take a shot at. Even if he wasn't getting hit all the time, just the mental toughness to know that everyone else on the ice saw you as someone they could run consequence-free is difficult. 

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