First, I am a hockey fan through and through, and I just want to get back to watching some hockey. I miss the crack of the puck as it hits the stick, the thunk as a player gets checked into the boards, the whoosh of the skates, and the roar of the crowd when the Devils score or Marty makes yet another unbelievable save. I miss watching this exciting game in person. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I got see two games in Atlantic City in November. Ever since then, I’ve been counting the days until I could see live hockey close to home.
Second, I’ll be heading to the Rock to support the businesses around the arena and all the workers who have been affected by the lockout. It is not their fault that there was no hockey for the past four months. But they are the ones who have been affected the most.
So hockey is back, and so am I. Hopefully I’ll see you at the Rock.
Wondering what to get for that Devils fan in you life? Here are just a few ideas!
Tickets for an Albany Devils game. The NHL may not be playing, but there is some hard-hitting action in the AHL! The Albany Devils will be playing three games at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in January and February. Boardwalk Hall provides an intimate setting to watch the stars of the future and New Jersey Devils players like Adam Larsson and Jacob Josefson. The Albany Devils take on the Bridgeport on January 13, Adirondack on January 20, and Hershey on February 24. Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.
Everyday items made from recycled hockey sticks. Ever wonder what happens to old hockey sticks? The folks at Hockey Stick Stuff recycle broken hockey sticks into everyday items such as BBQ tools, bottle openers, picture frames, and Adirondack chairs! Check out Hockey Stick Stuff’s Etsy store to see their full lineup!
Checking buddy. Frustrated because there’s no NHL season? Take out your aggressions on the inflatable checking buddy. Throw a check on your buddy, and he’ll bounce right back. Your checking buddy is available in the New Jersey Devils shop on NHL.com.
Tickets to an event at Prudential Center. Missing hanging out at the Rock? There are many events to check out this winter. There’s Seton Hall basketball, Disney on Ice, Jeff Dunham, and many others. Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.
A Life in Hockey by Marcel Provonost. Marcel Provonost has spent 65 years in the game of hockey, including the last 22 years as a scout for the New Jersey Devils. As a player, he won five Stanley Cups with Detroit and Toronto, and he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. He chronicles his life as a player, coach, and scout in A Life in Hockey, which is available at amazon.com.
When the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals this past May, everyone anticipated the rematch between Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist. Little did fans know that it would occur almost six months to the day of Adam Henrique’s series winning goal, that the venue would be Atlantic City, and that the purpose of the game would be raising money for victims of a hurricane that rocked the shores of New Jersey and New York.
Almost 10,800 fans came out to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday night to see Brodeur, Lundqvist, and 32 other NHL players in Operation Hat Trick, a charity game that supported the American Red Cross, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and the Empire State Relief Fund.