Devils Generals Viewing Party Recap – Simkos Grill in Brielle, January 7, 2012
One of the many goals we have had this year at Mission Control is to show that the Devils really are JERSEY’S team. We have made a huge effort to spread our viewing parties around the state so all of our home town fans can have a chance to cheer, have a few drinks and enjoy some great food all in one place… together!
We sat down in August to plan out a schedule, discussed different options with one another about the various counties we come from, and then submitted a poll to our fellow fans to find out where our fans wanted to gather.
Ocean County, specifically the shore area, is the part of Jersey I call home. I couldn’t have been more excited to find a location down by me that would play host to a group of our passionate fans.
Simkos Grill in Brielle answered the call and the response from our shore area/south jersey fans was overwhelming. I lost count of how many fantastic people showed up to watch the game together. Simkos provided us with a beautiful glass enclosed porch, with two large screen TVs and surround sound; we filled the room! With over 100 people in attendance, we even took over a portion of the bar room!
Special guest Jim Dowd made the rounds, chatting with fans, posing for photos and signing autographs. He even let us check out his Stanley Cup Championship ring!
We gave away 4 pairs of tickets to various Devils home games in our raffle, and two lucky fans won themselves autographed sticks. One was signed by Ilya Kovalchuk, and the other signed by Patrik Elias.
As a further surprise, our beloved arena announcer, Kevin Clark, joined in the fun! Kevin told me he had never attended a viewing party before, and since this was nearer to his home, he thought he would come and see what it was all about.
Everyone I spoke to said they really enjoyed themselves, the food and the atmosphere. With the Devils treating us to a strong performance and a big win over Pittsburgh, we were attracting some major attention from the other patrons with our chanting and cheering, too!
With three months left in the regular season, and high hopes that we’ll be able to continue into the playoffs, keep your eyes on our viewing party schedule. If there is any area we haven’t visited, be sure to leave us some ideas in the comments!
I would also like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has come to our gatherings so far. To my fellow shore fans, thank you for making our Simkos party such a huge success! Thanks to you, I can envision more events coming to our area in the future!
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