Summing Up The Season: Devils Fans to Devils Army
How do I even begin? This season has been unbelievable. This team has far exceeded my expectations for the year. Individual players have blown me away with their displays of talent. Coach Pete Deboer and the rest of the coaching staff have really out done themselves, taking a group of guys who seemed lost and unable to perform as a unit a little over a year ago, and turning them into a true TEAM. Lou, brilliant as always, seems to have collected all the right players, with all the right talents and attitudes to make the system WORK.
Above all, this true team mentality seems to have shifted over into our fan base. What strikes me as most memorable this year is how TOGETHER this Devils Army has become. During the playoffs, we made OUR house the intimidating place to play! More than ever we came together as fans and made our presence KNOWN. This team truly KNEW that we had their backs in this effort. The atmosphere during the playoffs was absolutely incredible.
I could write a book about this season, but I promise to keep it short.
Ever since my Dad got our family season tickets, the hardest part about the season ending is that I miss the people at the arena. Don’t get me wrong! I miss the excitement of the game. I miss debating everything there is to debate about the game play. I miss the sounds, the smell and the atmosphere of game day at the arena. The Rock has really become a second home, and I feel a bit lost knowing I won’t be back for a few months. But the PEOPLE I have come to know over the course of the past year (and then some) are really the best part of the entire experience as a fan and as a season ticket holder.
I can’t thank the staff at the Prudential Center enough for all their outstanding service. I am touched to say that many of them have become like family to me. One of the hardest things during Game 5 of the Finals was trying to find and say goodbye to all the staff members I became closest with, just in case there wasn’t a Game 7. (I’m glad I did, since there wasn’t).
I miss talking to Steve, Doc and Chico, too. I was fortunate to have Fire Lounge tickets for two seasons in a row, so I had many great opportunities to speak with all three of them. They taught me a lot, were extremely kind and accommodating and I have a great deal of care and respect for them.
And what would game day be without my friends? I can’t say thank you enough to my fellow Generals and fellow fans. I think the photos I’m including with this post say it all. I have never felt more amazing or been surrounded by such a caring and wonderful group of people. Thank you for being my friends. Because of all of you, becoming a Devils fan has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in life. And to those of you out there I haven’t met, yet, when I’m at the arena, you’re always welcome to say hello!
Posted on June 18, 2012, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, NHL, Prudential Center, Season Tickets, Summing Up The Season and tagged Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, New Jersey Devils. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.