Author Archives: Chrissy Dillman
The first Devils pre-season game is next Monday. Can you believe it? Hockey season is quickly approaching and while most people are getting ready for Fall, it’s time for us to get ready to spend our time living and breathing hockey. Here are few things to keep in mind in preparation for the best months of the year.
1. Sorry, I’m Busy
Have your non-hockey fan friends refer to the NHL schedule for your availability since your social life will revolve around it. If they want to hang out with you, they’ll have to have the game on.
2. It’s Not The TV’s Fault
You should have a nice talk with your TV, it’s going to start hearing some pretty harsh things from you. Try to not throw that remote too hard either.
3. What’s For Dinner
Forget about dinners home with mom, you’ll be munching on arena food a few times a month.
4. Get Out The New Wardrobe
Everyone will be getting their sweaters out, ours just happen to have numbers on the back. (Does anyone else hang them up according to their current favorites?)
5. The Shirt Under The Shirt
Your superstitious personality is about to come out in full force. The perk? Less laundry to do.
6. Fall Clean Up
There will be no time to rake the leaves, you’ll be focused on sweeping the competition.
7. Get In Character
Red and black face paint is easier to come by now that Halloween stores are starting to open, so stock up!
We do get to enjoy pumpkin coffee with everyone else, those west coast games can run pretty late.
New Jersey Devils (13-11-6) @ Carolina Hurricanes (15-12-2)
TV: NHLN-US, MSG PLUS 2
RADIO: WFAN 660 AM & 101.9 FM
GAME TIME: 7:00 PM
The Devils are heading down to Carolina for their third and last match up with the Hurricanes. Carolina has two wins over New Jersey and we’re all hoping the Devils don’t get swept up tonight. To add fuel to the fire, the Devils fell out of the top eight while losing their third in the a row to the Rangers on Tuesday and the Hurricanes are trying to hold onto their playoff spot after their fourth straight loss.
With more NHL games canceled it was time to make my way to another AHL game. Last month I went to the Times Union Center in Albany to watch the Devils at home, so this time I decided to head into enemy territory – Hartford, Connecticut. Here are a few things I learned from the XL Center and the Connecticut Whale.
1. Corner seats are pretty amazing.
Since AHL tickets are more affordable then tickets to any NHL game, I’ve been taking advantage and sitting right on the glass. I know, I know, you can’t see a thing that close but I rarely have a chance to sit in these seats at the Prudential Center so I’m going for it while I can. For this game I tried corner seats and they were awesome! You get to be right up there for all the corner battles and big hits. You can hear the puck sliding along the boards at your feet and come face to face with pucks that are shot wide. I may or may not have jumped up a couple times thanks to high flying pucks.
I’ve been planning a trip to Albany since what would be the start of the NHL season and I wasn’t letting Sandy get in the way. After waiting in a long line for one of the few open gas stations, I filled up my tank and used that precious fuel to drive up to Albany and watch the Albany Devils take on the Connecticut Whale at the Times Union Center. This was my first trip to Albany, here’s what I learned.
After holding auditions for the upcoming season, the Devils took their top three contenders and let the fans vote on who should get the last spot on the dance team. Gabrielle, Sarah and Sarah-Ashley put their fate in the hands of the Devils Army and the winner was revealed at Texas-Arizona in Hoboken this past Tuesday.
This is just another way the Devils have gotten the fans directly involved with the organization. The most obvious fan-focused program is right here, the Devils Generals and Mission Control. This program is the first of its kind in the sports industry and focuses only on interacting with the fans not only through social media, but through viewing parties and making the Digital Zone the cool place to be during intermissions.
With these events along with featuring Fans of the Week, posting photo submissions on their social media pages (have you seen the official Pinterest page recently?), and letting the fans design last season’s playoff towels, you can’t deny the Devils are really focusing on building the fan community.
As for who the fans chose as our newest Devils Dancer - Gabrielle is a Jersey girl from East Hanover and won her spot with more than 14,000 fan votes. Congrats to Gabby, welcome to the Devils Army!