Author Archives: Kathie Roth-Johnson
Today is the day, the home opener for our NJ Devils. My Facebook and Twitter feeds are abuzz, and like an unopened present on Christmas morning, a FB request to meet at the Digital Zone during the 1st intermission from fellow Devils General, Kim Sakavich, for Devils Opening Night awaits a response. I can not make the game. It is not because I have to work or have prior commitments, but I have moved out of NJ. I am not talking about leaving the Tri-state area or living on the other side of the Mississippi River but, rather, packing up the kids, pets and furniture and high tailing it to Washington. No, not Washington DC but the state of Washington in the Pacific Northwest where this Jersey girl flies an airline based out of Alaska to get there. I moved 2,500 miles from NJ to Seattle in a land where Russell Wilson of the Seahawks is a demigod, college football means something, and the Mariners are good for catching the Yankees (cheaply) when they are in town. No professional hockey and the closest team two hours away in Vancouver. I’m not sure how a Devils fan would be received in Rogers Arena now that John Tortorella is their coach and Cory Schneider is tending net in our house. Plus it’s Canada.
I’ve had my fair share of seats around the Prudential Center; Section 106, Section 2 and I was fortunate enough to spend last season’s Playoff and Final games in a luxury box, but I have yet to sit in a club seat, until now. This was going to be a new experience and I was thrilled; excited to see the game from this vantage point, have access to the Fire Lounge and last but not least, check-out the buffet. To make the most of my ticket price, I got there right when the doors open and staked claim to a seat right at the bar.
“I’m late / I’m late / For a very important date. / No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”. / I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” Lately, I cannot seem to get the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland out of my head. Every day I rush; to get here-to get there. Well, that was the case until I had in my hands two lower level tickets to the first Devils vs Rangers game since the infamous call of, “Henrique!!! It’s Over.”
I made it a priority to arrive at the Prudential Center early and arrived around 4:00 p.m., yep, even got there before the Devil Dancers. To my surprise the parking lot was already half-full, and the party seemed to have already started without me. In a parked car were Ranger fans relishing in libations of the hoppy kind (little did they know they would be drowning their sorrows later). First, on my pre-game itinerary was to hit the Devils Den and enjoy shopping without the crowds. I was able to check out each section of the store at my own pace and happily paid for my items without wait.
First and foremost, the Devils Generals would like to sincerely thank all who participated in the Devils Generals Hurricane Relief Party at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Clifton, Ramsey and Edison. Because of your attendance and generous donations, we were able to raise $4,800!
Your generosity will make an immediate difference in the lives of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We pulled together as a hockey community to help out those in dire need of basic necessities and support. What a shining example of the holiday spirit.
As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who make the Devils Army the greatest fans in the NHL. We value our relationship with you and wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.
The Devils Generals
Last weekend, the NJ Colonial Coaches hosted the NJ Devil Alumni at Mennen Arena for a benefit hockey game. The “War to Restore NJ, Hockey Night in Morristown” was the brain-child of Sue DeBoer, (Peter DeBoer’s wife) and the first time the NJ Colonial Coaches played the Devils alumni in a charity event. Monies were raised for local charities to assist those in need affected by Hurricane Sandy, including the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund founded by Mary Pat Christie. In addition to 100% of the proceeds going to charity, there was also a food drive for the Interfaith Food Pantry serving the Morris County Area.
Ladies and gentlemen we have us some hockey! Tomorrow night at 7 P.M. Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver, John MacLean and Sergei Brylin will team up with head coach Peter DeBoer to take on the New Jersey Colonials Coaching Staff at Mennen Arena in Morristown. This is going to be a benefit game to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
As Devils fans we know who our cherished alumni are, but if you don’t have kids involved in youth hockey you may not be familiar with the New Jersey Colonials. The New Jersey Colonials are a youth travel hockey organization celebrating 40 years of skating at a highly competitive level. Their Hockey Directors have assembled a winning staff of coaches who have taken their teams to States, Districts and National Championships and have competed for some of the most prestigious Cups in youth hockey. Read the rest of this entry