First hockey person being inducted; ceremony scheduled for August
By Pat Payton
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Terry Crisp is among the 2020 class being inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The former St. Marys Lincolns centre (1959-61) has been a sports analyst for the NHL’s Nashville Predators for over 20 years.
Crisp is the first person, hockey related, to be inducted into the Tennessee Hall. The date for this year’s induction ceremony is still tentative, but it’s expected to be held Aug. 1.
A former NHL player and coach, Crisp is being enshrined in the Tennessee Hall along with several others. They include former NFL Titans coach Jeff Fisher, NBA legend Tony Delk, two-time NCAA National Championship Vanderbilt University baseball coach Tim Corbin, former Auburn University basketball coach Sonny Smith, advocate for women in sports Bettye Giles, ‘the godfather of Tennessee golf’ Dick Horton, and college football defensive coordinator Carl Torbush.
Entertainer Dolly Parton is also being inducted in 2020 as the Tennessean of the Year by the Tennesse Sports Hall of Fame.
Sports analyst for 22 years
Crisp has been a sports analyst on Fox for the Predators for 22 years. Along with Pete Weber, they have become one of the most well-known broadcast duos in the NHL. Crisp was part of the Emmy Award-winning Predators’ broadcasts in 2003, 2008 and 2010.
His hockey career was just as extensive. Crisp played in 536 games during his 11 seasons in the NHL as a player for the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. He won three Stanley Cups — two as a player with the Flyers (1973-75) and one as a coach with Calgary Flames (1988-89). He’s on a short list of just 14 men who have played on a Cup winner and also coached one.
“I’m proud of it, but I see it more for the Nashville Predators organization,” Crisp told the Independent recently from Nashville. “Pete and I have been lucky enough to be a part of it all these years. I just feel I’m representing the organization as a whole. What they have accomplished and what they’ve done and brought to the community.
“I take it as a compliment that I’m representing the Predators’ organization, from day one to what they’ve built today.”
Established in 1966, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame honours figures from every sport including: basketball, baseball, hockey, football, golf, soccer and track and field, along with coaches, teams, sports writers and others who made an impact.
Crisp, 76, has also been inducted into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame in Parry Sound, his home town.