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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.
As I’m sure many of you have noticed, there’s a huge sign in the end of our arena above section 122 with the name “Diablos” surrounded by flames. There’s a lot of excited fans up in that section, constantly chanting, cheering, standing and playing stadium horns or ringing cowbells. At the start of this season, our organization took a bold step in an effort to start rockin’ The Rock and chose to officially designate one section of the arena as a supporters section.
Since I pride myself on being a vocal supporter of our team, I thought it would be fun to take a trip upstairs and get the scoop on this new addition to our home atmosphere and find out just what The Diablos are all about. I have been talking with Greg Kuhn, the head captain of the Diablos, and he invited me to join them for the game. He answered all my questions about the Diablos, and I thought other fans would enjoy learning just what the heck is going on upstairs and how they could get in on the fun, too!
The first question most people have is how did this start? It turns out that it all started as groups of fans communicating over message boards. Their idea was to buy tickets together so a section could be formed strictly of people who wanted to cheer on their team. After several gatherings last season, the organization took notice, and inquired as to whether or not some of them would be interested in having season tickets together in one designated section that would be specified as a “supporters section.” So, this past August, the Devils sent out invitations and hosted a meeting for those fans that were interested in creating the group. Both Devils management and the fans exchanged ideas, suggested a name for the group, and chose a captain and two co-captains. After several meetings, the name “Diablos 122″ was chosen and designs for the logo we now see above the section were finalized.
So what are they chanting up there? They use a few different chants, mostly the standard “Go Devs Go,” “Let’s Go Devils!” or chanting player names when they score a goal, get an assist, or make a spectacular save. At the ten minute mark, they do the “Give me a D, E, V, I, L, S” chant. On the Penalty Kill, they chant “KILL” or “DE-FENSE.” They’ve also been known to taunt an opposing player in the box with “You Can’t Do That!”
The Diablos are always looking for something new and trying to find what works best, as their goal is to get as many fans involved in the cheering as possible. They even host monthly meetings to discuss feedback.
A lot of people have wondered if they do anything new or have tried to come up with anything unique, and the answer is YES! At 3:40, they count down 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… and at 3:30 they cheer and yell and ring those cowbells for a full 30 seconds. The 30 seconds of cheering represent our 30 year anniversary, honor our future hall of fame goaltender Martin Brodeur, and the 3 represents our team having won 3 Stanley Cups. I’ve noticed the organization encouraging this along, too! At the last two games at that time the jumbo tron was lighting up encouraging fans to “raise hell” with the Diablos in 122.
Is this group growing? YES. As the season has progressed, more people have been approaching Greg and his fellow captains about being part of the fun. They’ve noticed the sections surrounding them starting to cheer along or signal over that they want another chant started. If you want to become a part of the Diablos, there’s only a few simple rules you have to follow (the primary two being that you have to wear your Devils gear and be LOUD in your support of the team!), and if you go upstairs and visit, Greg will tell you who to talk to about getting your season tickets in that section!
As if their in arena support for our team and one another isn’t phenomenal enough, the Diablos also make an effort to treat each other as family. Many of them are genuine friends and work together to host events, meet ups, and even gather to promote the team outside of the arena.
They were recently asked by Brian Lebeouf, owner of Sports Minded Unlimited, if they would tailgate at his shop during a signing event he was hosting featuring Zach Parise. Who could turn that opportunity down? Of course, they said yes, brought out the BBQs and a tent, greeted fans and had food with the owners. When the event was coming to a close, Brian brought Zach out to interact with the group and pose for some photos!
The entire Diablos group is extremely friendly and welcoming, so don’t hesitate to go upstairs and say hello next time you’re at The Rock. Or, simply join in the fun and cheer along! Together we can get The Rock Rockin’ and let our players know they have our support 100%.
It was June 23rd, the NHL Schedule for 2011-2012 had just come out and you immediately circled the date on your calendar… October 8, 2011. You’ve been anticipating this day all summer, knowing exactly what you’re going to do that day, what jersey you’re going to wear and now after 5 long months… IT’S FINALLY HERE!
That’s right everyone, tonight at 7pm, your New Jersey Devils will be hosting the Philadelphia Flyers.
The off-season began with excitement as the Devils drafted Adam Larsson 4th overall and hired Peter DeBoer as their new Head Coach. It continued with the disappointing news that Travis Zajac would be out for a few months with an achilles injury. Then into training camp where Petr Sykora, a familiar face was trying to make the team and did! But tonight, we put all that aside and start fresh as our team begins their quest for the Holy Grail!
I don’t know about all of you, but ever since the clock hit 0:00 on April 10th against the Bruins, I’ve been looking for redemption from the season we had last year. I’ve been waiting for the Devils to come out fighting tooth and nail like the Devils of old, with a sense of passion, heart and determination. I’ve been waiting to see Parise bounce back from his injury, for Kovalchuk to rip shots into the back of the net and for the great Martin Brodeur to just amaze me in net like he always does.
I’m very superstitious when it comes to the Devils, so I will continue my traditions as I usually do for opening night. I will lay out my outfit – jeans, white long sleeve shirt, Devils sweatshirt, black & red Saucony sneakers and of course my WHITE Devils jersey. I’ll then be heading to my traditional pre-game spot, Hell’s Kitchen in Newark for some burgers, wings and beer and then off to my home away from home, Section 225 of The Prudential Center!
Tonight is OUR night. The night our team begins the long journey. One that hopefully concludes with that jubilant on-ice celebration come mid-June, and the raising of Lord Stanley’s Cup. But until then, the 82 game grind awaits us. So get your jersey on, do whatever pre-game rituals you have, and most importantly… LET’S GO DEVILS!!!
Leave a comment and let us know your opening day plans and rituals.
Classic barbecue food, music, games for the kids and a chance to chat with your favorite New Jersey Devils – I’d say that’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. This past weekend the Devils hosted their second annual Devils Family BBQ and Fan Fest at the Prudential Center. It’s one of the cool events season ticket holders get to be a part of and a great way to kick off the season.
Anxious fans lined up outside of The Rock waiting to get in and meet their favorite players. They opened up the main concourse of the Prudential Center and let the fans roam. Lunch was served in the Fire & Ice Lounges. If you were lucky you caught Zach Parise behind the counter suited up to serve with an apron and chef hat. Rumor has it that Ilya Kovalchuk was handing out cookies. Bryce Salvador was taking care of the sodas with Nick Palmieri and Andy Greene.
There was plenty for the younger kids to do between shooting pucks into inflatable nets, hanging out with NJ and dancing with the Devils Dancers. All the players were happy to take pictures, share stories and even play a few rounds of floor hockey with the kids (and some of the adult fans, too). Parise and David Steckel played a couple games of hockey, followed by another game around the corner with Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby, Alexander Urbom and Henrik Tallinder – only a few men short of a Swedish National team. Dainius Zubrus and NJ were hanging around the inflatable goalie nets watching our youngest Devils Army members practicing their slap shots.
Lines formed for both our veteran players and new additions to the team. Cam Janssen and Adam Larsson were pretty popular, as were Martin Brodeur and Patrick Elias of course. Even Lou Lamoriello and our new coach, Peter DeBoer, made appearances on the concourse. Every where you looked you saw a Devil in their jersey. It was surreal to see them on the concourse and to be honest, kind of weird. You learn a few things about the guys being so close. Did you know that Janssen loves to dance in place? David Clarkson seems tough on the ice but his face lights up when you mention his little girl (who will not be a hockey player). Clarkson is also a huge Jets fan and has a helmet signed by the team. Tallinder is a bit of a goofball, he was caught sneaking into pictures with other players and teasing Tedenby and Josefson when they lost their hockey game. Oh, and Rod Pelley has no front teeth – but you’ve probably noticed that before.
It’s great getting a chance to talk to the players and see them off the ice. Everyone had a great time and made sure to wish their favorite guys good luck during the season. There was tons to do and lots to see. Check out more photos from the BBQ on the Devils Generals Flickr page. Let us know if you find your face!