Monthly Archives: August 2011

Devils Army Road Trip to Long Island, Updated!

New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders

The Devils Army Generals would like to extend an invitation to the greatest fans in the NHL as we head out to Long Island to see our New Jersey Devils take on the New York Islanders at the Coliseum.

The game is scheduled for  Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 7PM.  The seats will be in Section 325, where the Devils shoot twice.

Here’s the breakdown

New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders
Saturday, March 10, 2012
7:00 PM

Ticket: $42/person
Transportation: $20/person
Payment Due: February 14th

If you decide you don’t want to ride with us just pay for your ticket and we’ll see you there!  If you already purchased your tickets and don’t want to drive out to Long Island, there are a few seats available on the bus!

There are only a few tickets available, so please email us immediately if you’re interested.

Please send an email to devilsroadtrips@gmail.com with your name, address, telephone number, and the number of tickets you would like to purchase. Any questions can be directed to this email as well.

UPDATED: February 14, 2012


Best to Wear – #2

Devils Army!

After Chico Resch’s win for #1, it’s time to see who you think was the best to wear #2 on their jersey.

The poll will be open until Thursday August 18 at 11:59 PM EDT.

So who was the best to wear #2?

Best to Wear #1: New Jersey Devil Chico Resch

I must say, I’m pleasantly surprised by the closeness of votes on this one. I thought for sure Chico Resch would win by a HUGE margin. I was proved wrong.

The Devils Army, pleased with the Moose‘s performance last year, had John Hedberg battling Chico head to head for most of the poll. However, everyone’s favorite Devil Food Critic was able to gain supreme.

Chico ReschNUMBER: 1
HEIGHT: 5′ 9″
WEIGHT: 195
POSITION: Goaltender
Caught: Left
BORN: July 10, 1948
BIRTHPLACE: Moose Jaw, SK, CAN

Chico Resch was acquired from the New York Islanders, back when the Devils were still the struggling Colorado Rockies. Resch played out the final seasons of the Rockies until the team relocated in 1982 and became the team we know and love, the New Jersey Devils.

Resch proved to be a building block to make the Devils franchise successful. When the Devils hosted the 1984 All Star Game, Chico was the winning goaltender.

Chico saw a gigantic work load as the starting goaltender of the Devils but saw little success. Resch was eventually traded from the struggling Devils in 1986 to the Flyers to backup rookie sensation, Ron Hextall.

Resch never won a Stanley Cup with the Devils, but he did win the Bill Masterson Trophy (player who shows best sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey) in the Rockies final season, 1982.

Currently you can catch Chico as a commentator in MSG Plus for the New Jersey Devils. Chico’s popularity among Devils fans grew when the Devils moved to the Prudential Center, and MSG Plus started a segment during Devils games known as, “Chico Eats” where Resch would sample food from eateries in the new arena.

Career Stats with COL/NJ
GP W L T SO GA GAA MIN
267 67 148 33 1 1,010 4.06 14,817

Chico Resch: Best to Wear # 1.

On Monday, we will have the next poll in the series, “Best to Wear #2?”

If you have any comments about the outcome of this poll, feel free to leave any opinions you may have in the comment section.

Research and DEVILopment

School is almost back in session as summer vacation draws to a close. This is no different for the National Hockey League.

Starting up is the return of the Research, Development and Orientation camp which will be used to test potential changes to the game. Changes that will be tested will include very subtle, almost unnoticed, changes, to the more, “Oh my gosh, did the barber use a weed-whacker on your hair?” changes.

If you ever wanted to know how today’s game would be played if they didn’t have the Brodeur Rule (that little trapezoid behind the net), this is exactly what they will be testing at the camp.

The NHL will have the two past Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year) winners– Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma and Phoenix’s Dave Tippett — serving as mentors for the young prospects. Not only will the camp serve as a testing ground for potential rule changes, but the camp will also allow teams to take a look at possible 2012 prospects. In total, 36 prospects eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft will be participating in the camp.

Now, I know you’re thinking to yourself, “What kind of rule changes could they possibly be testing?” Let me ease your mind.

1) Trapezoid Rule – The rule was introduced post-lockout as a way to increase scoring. The rule limits goaltenders from leaving the crease to go play a puck in the corners. As a Devils fan, I absolutely detest the rule. Martin Brodeur is noted as one of the greatest puck-handling goalies of all-time. He would always come out of the crease, play the puck in the corner, and lunge it down ice to a streaking player. However, with the trapezoid rule, Brodeur is restricted into staying in his little blue zone in front of the net. Many teams favor this rule because they have very, poor puck-handling goaltenders. The trapezoid limits player movement on the ice, which is not what the game is about. Players should be able to skate and play the puck wherever they want. I won’t even get into the fact that goalies can’t skate over the red-line.

2) No Icing While Shorthanded – While it seems like a good idea to allow shorthanded teams to just heave a puck down the ice since they’re down one or two players, it’s really not. Hockey is supposed to be a game of skill and action. Shooting a puck down ice to clear time off the penalty kill is BORING. What’s being tested at the RDO camp is that the team actually has to play defense. If teams want to be able to dump it into the opposing zone, they must take it past the red-line and dump, just like a regular shift. This will showcase a team’s strong/weak defense since they will actually have to gain possession of the puck and carry it out. Many are mixed on this rule as the NHL gave powerplay teams a sizeable advantage a couple of years ago, when they stated that at the start of a powerplay, the faceoff will be in the offensive zone.

3) Overtime Variations – Every day, I hear people complaining about the shooutout at the end of overtime, and how you would never see a baseball game end in a home run derby, or basketball end in a slam dunk contest. People complain that the shootout takes away that special edge from penalty shots. Hey, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I, personally, enjoy shootouts. Always have, always will. But let’s try this on for size, shall we. What if there’s a tie after regulation and teams play FOUR minutes of 4-on-4 hockey. No one scores, still tied. Instead of going to a shootout right away, it would be a THREE minute period of 3-on-3 hockey. I would LOVE to see 3-on-3 hockey. There wouldn’t be clusters of players on the ice, wide-open range to skate and set up plays. The league wants to see fast-paced action and high scoring, 3-on-3 is an awesome addition to OT. If no one scores after the 3-on-3, it would go to a shootout. Also, the league is testing out the possibility of switching ends at the end of regulation. For example, third period a team is shooting left to right, that team would shoot right to left in OT. The league is partial to increasing the time of overtime, that way there might be less shootouts to end the game.

Those are a few of the major changes that the league will be looking into. There are a couple minor things, such as:  referees wearing wireless headsets to relay information to each other during a game, and the “bear hug rule.” The bear hug rule, introduced by Brian Burke, would allow players to wrap their arms around an opposing player to take him into the boards as opposed to violently throwing him into the boards, thus reducing injury.

Which rule changes would you like to see implemented into the game? Leave a comment with your favorite rule change, or add a suggestion of your own!

Follow Kevin on Twitter at @kevinlankey

Best to Wear – #1

Devils Army, we want to hear your opinion. Please use your indoor voices, though.

We’re going to start a new interactive segment here on the blog entitled “Best to Wear.” Basically, we want to know your opinion who was the best player to wear a certain jersey number. Just because it’s entitled “Best to Wear” doesn’t mean you have to vote for the person who looked best in red and black, or even whose name looked the best on the back of the sweater. This is your opinion as to who the best PLAYER was to wear that number.

We will start with, you guessed it, number one.

You will have until August 11th at 11:59 PM EDT to cast your vote!

So Devils Army, who was the best to wear # 1 ?

Updates to Marty’s gear

Martin Brodeur is at it again. This off-season he is working on upgrading his equipment. It seems to have people excited and glad to see a return to his original mask. For those of you who don’t follow him on Facebook now you can. Check out the work in progress on his new equipment. Below we have a few teaser images but check the rest on his facebook page.

I for one am excited to see him showing this stuff to fans and I want to share the excitement. We all know how superstitious hockey players are. Maybe this will set the tone for this upcoming season. We can all hope it’s back to the old Marty as well.

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