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Jersey Shore comes to Championship Plaza

 
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A natural disaster brought New Jersey together last October. Proving that New Jersey is in fact an amazing state, Stronger than the Storm (STTS), showed just how resilient NJ by proving what people from the Garden State already knew. We would rebuild and rebound from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. STTS recently hosted a Jersey Shore Fan Fest at Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza in Newark prior to the 2013 NHL Draft. 
Roulette stands, carnival games, a ferris wheel, typical Shore food and an amazing sandcastle transformed the brick plaza into Jersey Shore. Sand was even brought in to provide the authentic beach feel. 
 
STTS hosted a once in a lifetime event but it needed the great people of New Jersey and the surrounding states to contribute. Over 150 volunteers were what powered the NHL Draft Fan Fest and helped make the event a success.
 
We had a chance to talk with some of the voluenteers that make downtown Newark feel like a day at the Jersey Shore.
 
Anthony, of Kearny a Devils fan and ticket holder since 1982, was drawn to the support STTS after his mother’s house in Point Pleasant suffered damage.
 
While Stephen from Pawling said: “It was a rewarding way to get Draft tickets.” He refereed a street hockey game in conjunction with fan fest. 
 
Though most fans reigned from New Jersey, there were some out-of-staters too. Jeff, from Ambler, PA, was excited to volunteer so that he and his son, both hockey players, could come to the event together.
 
“I was glad to help out,” he said. 
 
Another volunteer came from Philly simply because he said he saw a tweet and couldn’t pass up the chance. 
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Tammie from Queens, NY was just as determined.
 
“The Devils are my life, so I found my way to Fan Fest,” she said. 
 
She has friends and family with houses in Toms River, which were affected by Hurricane Sandy. 
 
“Fan Fest was pretty cool, and more well attended than I expected. The presence of Stronger Than The Storm was nice, as was the beach theme,” she added. 
 
The rain held out until the end helped to make the Jersey Shore in Newark a success.
 
“We wanted people to know that the shore is open, and to bring the Jersey shore throwback boardwalk experience so that fans can see what the shore has to offer,” said a representative from STTS. 
 

Throwback Thursday: What If Patrik Wasn’t Precise

arnott            My favorite moment in New Jersey Devils history was the culmination of an incredible 1999-2000 season in the winning of the Stanley Cup. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness some incredible players spend most of their careers in New Jersey, one of which has been Patrik Elias. Even as a 37-year-old, Elias played at a pace this year that would have earned him 61 points had it been a full season. No point of his has been as meaningful to me as the last pass he made in the 1999-2000 season: a blind pass towards the net right onto the stick of his line-mate, Jason Arnott, ending Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals and bringing the cup to New Jersey for the second time in franchise history. I had yet to begin my appreciation for hockey in 1995, so this play was the most exciting thing I had witnessed in sports in my entire life.

The 1999 team was arguably the most well rounded team in Devils history. The Devils had an incredible offense, featuring the “A-line” of Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias, and Petr Sykora. This was filled out by the likes of Bobby Holik, Randy Mckay, Claude Lemieux, Alexander Mogilny (acquired via trade), and Calder Trophy winner Scott Gomez. Their defense featured the most famous names in Devils history including captain Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Rafalski, and Ken Daneyko. Last, but certainly not least, the Devils had Martin Brodeur at the top of his game. The most astounding part of this team and the final play of the Stanley Cup Finals was the chemistry. The infamous “A-line” accounted for three of the top four offensive players that season, and their final act proved just how well they knew each other; it was as if they always knew where the others were on the ice without having to look.

I will always remember my heart skipping a beat as I watched the puck float across the ice from Elias to Arnott, hoping that it would finally end the double overtime marathon and that I could see Scott Stevens hoist the cup high over his head. Even now, I am reminded by the “History Will Be Made” Stanley Cup Playoffs ads. “What if Patrik wasn’t precise?”…well, he was.

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Devils Generals Take a Trip to Albany

A few Devils Army Generals took a trip up to Albany on Saturday, March 3rd to watch the Albany Devils take on the Adirondack Phantoms. We got a chance to meet with the PR and Marketing department of the Albany Devils at the Times Union Center to get a glance at life as an Albany Devils employee and how they use social media. At five o’clock it was game time! We made sure to pick up the giveaway that night, a Devil Dawg piggy bank (Seth already has coins in it), and bought a couple mystery pucks that were signed by current Albany and New Jersey Devils players. Seth got lucky with a Zach Parise autographed puck and Kevin got a Travis Zajac autograph. Albany unfortunately lost to the Phantoms but Kevin won a pretty nice prize pack from playing Devils Trivia – and that’s all that matters, right?

Albany Devils Trip, New York State Line

New York! The Empire State! ... Where's Time Square?!

Albany, The City

Um, snow?

Albany, The City

Taking in the sites of Albany

Times Union Center

Times Union Center

Mystery Puck - Zach Parise

Got lucky with this Mystery Puck!

Tedenby

Hey, we know him.

Keith Kinkaid

Keith Kinkaid

Albany Devils Starting Line Up During Anthem

Albany Devils starting line up during anthem

Kevin answering Devils Trivia

Kevin answering Devils Trivia

Devils Trivia

Oh, tough one!

Albany Devils Trivia Prize Pack

Awesome Albany Devils prize pack!

Albany Devils Eric Gelinas

Just hanging out with Eric Gelinas after the game

Devils Generals, Kevin Lankey, Allyson Wilcox, Seth Plotnick, Albany Devils Game

Successful road trip!

This post was a group effort with contributions from Seth Plotnick, Allyson Wilcox and Kevin Lankey.

Holiday Shopping Made Easy

Tis the season to stand in long lines, jostle other shoppers in the aisles of your favorite superstore,  and trample unexpected employees for that perfect holiday gift for your friends and family. But before you fight for that one open parking spot at the mall, consider the gifts that bring passion, excitement and fun for the sports fan on your list. Give Devils Hockey! Not only is it easy, but with these three deals it is more affordable than ever!

Holiday Hat Trick
With the Holiday Hat Trick, you will receive a ticket to three games, a Mountain Creek Lift Ticket, and a Devils hat for every pair of ticket purchased. This is the perfect gift for the enthusiastic Devils fans on your list! Packages start as low as $99.

Click here to view the offer: http://bit.ly/uRgM52

 Social Media Special Value
With the Devils Social Media Special Value, you can purchase a  ticket to see your New Jersey Devils either December 28 vs. Buffalo or on January 4 vs. Boston (or if they’ve been very nice both) for just $30. In addition to your ticket, you will receive a FREE $10 food and beverage card.

Use code DEVILS when ordering. http://bit.ly/nS2qej

Niedermayer Retirement Night
When have you ever been able to give a gift that started it’s career 20 years ago? A gift which helped lead your favorite franchise rise to elite status? Here’s your chance to spoil someone with an experience so rare, it has only taken place twice before in Devils history. December 16, the New Jersey Devils will retire Scott Niedermayer’s #27.

Witness Devils history: http://bit.ly/vXvzup

Save some money (and some sanity!) this holiday season by giving your family the gift that keeps on giving- tickets to see Jersey’s Team!

Devils assist Stop Shootin’ Toy Gun Exchange Program


A crowd of over one hundred people filled Mildred Helms Park on Seymour Avenue in Newark for a rather unique toy gun exchange. Hosted by Mayor Cory Booker and members of the Newark Municipal Court, the toy gun exchange offered children a chance to trade in one of their own toys for a different one, one that would help discourage a culture where guns and senseless violence are tolerated. The Devils Army was present to offer their own toys—hockey sticks and Devils’ Army Pucks.

The children present could trade in any type of toy gun, whether it was a water gun, cap gun or simple noisemaker for board games, baseball tee sets, miniature pool tables, basketballs, bowling sets, books or Barbie dolls. In addition to these toys, each kid received a Devils stick and a Devils Army puck. The event succeeded in getting guns out of their hands and hockey sticks into them, even encouraging some children to begin playing hockey before they left the park.

The exchange was created by Stop Shootin’ Inc.’s Co-Founder Al-Tarek Onque, who said the idea came to him when he saw two children playing with toy guns. He said he hopes to “change the mindset at a young age,” so that kids learn the dangers of guns before they are exposed to actual weapons. After Onque thanked the crowd, council members and Mayor Booker, he left with the idea of allowing the youth to lead by example so that adults would follow. Councilman Ras Baraka echoed several important sentiments of “Stop shooting and start thinking,” as well as “Put down the guns and pick up a book.”

Mayor Booker, who was the last to speak, also stressed the importance of bringing the community together. He joked with the children and handed out toys and hockey sticks to the kids once the exchange began. Mayor Booker also raffled off several scooters, skateboards and a new bicycle.

For more information about Stop Shootin’ Inc. and Stop Shootin’ Music, check out their website at stopshootinmusic.org.

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