Niedermayer Night at The Rock

Scott Niedermayer Night, Prudential CenterLast Friday, the Devils retired former captain Scott Niedermayer’s #27 into the rafters of the Prudential Center for “Niedermayer Night” as fans gathered to see the Devils take on the Dallas Stars. There was initially a little bit of controversy amongst fans and critics over whether or not Niedermayer was deserving of the honor, but anybody who watched the ceremony and highlights of his career as a Devil and knows his impressive resume can have little doubt that this was more than well deserved. And what a night it was!

For those of you that did not get to see the ceremony, you can view it here:  http://bit.ly/uHJnUl

From a fan’s perspective, the whole evening was fun, exciting, and memorable. The entire place was decked out. Number 27 was everywhere, from the banners outside of the Rock to the boards at center ice inside the arena.  Interviews and highlights of Niedermayer’s career were displayed on the jumbotron throughout the evening.  Some of his stats were displayed in the rafters of the main concourse. Fans entering the building received a mini replica banner, and fans exiting the building received a numbered 8×10 collector’s card.

The energy inside the arena during the ceremony was intense. Fans were cheering, screaming, standing, whistling, chanting, and applauding when the banner was raised to the rafters.  The sellout crowd was a big part of the excitement of the night, as everybody was respectful and gave Niedermayer his due credit. Even the staff at the Prudential Center seemed more friendly and happy than they usually are. There was just an air of excitement throughout the arena that everyone seemed to share.

The Devils went on to win 6-3 against the Stars, with a goal and 3 assists by captain Zach Parise.  It was a perfect ending to a perfect night, and everybody went home with a giant smile on their face.  It was one of my most fun-filled nights as a Devils fan, and the win helped seal it as one of my proudest memories as a Devils fan.

During his short but humble speech, Niedermayer reflected upon his time as a Devil and said, “These memories, I will cherish the rest of my life.” Likewise, Scotty. What was your favorite part about Niedermayer Night?

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Posted on December 19, 2011, in Devils Army, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, Prudential Center, Win and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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