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Devils Generals: “Thank you for your support”

The New Jersey Devils Army Generals would like to thank everyone for their continued support. We will continue to bring you fun and exciting conversations, information and Devils’ relevant news. We are still in our infancy and we are learning new things every day. We would like to remind everyone to give us feedback and ideas this way we can continue to make your fan experience better. We want the fans experience surround the New Jersey Devils to be one that everyone around the NHL is always talking about. We want to bring this community together under Devils Army and show our state, our team and the entire country how devoted Jersey fans are.

Since our inception, we have gained over a thousand followers on Twitter and have helped increase @NHLDevils followers to over 25,000. The Devils Facebook count has increased to over 168,000 . Our #Devils1stGoal suggestions have created a lot of buzz and fun for fans during game days. We have hundreds of guesses each game now including guess from NHL celebrities such as Tom Chorske (@hockeylogic) and other popular Twitter users. Our conversations with fans created the stress puck giveaway. A fan suggested this to the us and the team followed through. We want to continue to share our passion for the devils and help fans to be involved with events surrounding our New Jersey Team.

We have gave the fans discounted tickets and other prizes because of our access to the Devils Organization. The stands have been filled and the excitement has been great at the games. The Devils organization fully supports and helps us to achieve the ideas we and the fans bring to them.

The Greatest Thrill Ride in Sports

The playoffs bring out both the most agonizing and exhilarating feelings in fans.  You pull your hair out hoping that your team can score just that one goal to tie the game.  You have your own little silly superstitions from wearing the same jersey to wearing the same socks at every game (gross, but it happens).  But there is nothing, NOTHING, like overtime in the playoffs.

Playoff OT is so great because there’s only two feelings you have.  Absolute malaise or abundant elation.  There is no gray area.  Well, unless you were in Philly last year when Patrick Kane won the cup and he and two other teammates were the only ones that realized it right away.  That moment aside, it really is the greatest thrill ride in sports.  Nowhere in any sport can you end a game so quickly and turn a series or a end a season.  People have tried to tell me football is like that but there is so much stop and go that you don’t get the same adrenaline rush.

I’ll never forget the game that Grant Marshall ended in 2003 against the Lightning.  It was my first year with season tickets and I personally have never experienced a playoff overtime game, in person, before that year.  On TV growing up, I watched all the great endings (McKay and Broten in ’95) and the heartbreaking ones (some team that beat us in ’94).  And yes, that series had an OT in Game 2 but it was over in two and a half minutes that you never really settled into it.  This game went to three overtimes.  With the “new NHL”, if a game goes into two OTs it’s considered a marathon.  But these were the “dead puck era” days.  The times when each round and seemingly every series had at least one multi-OT game.  And this wound up being the longest multi-OT game at home in Devils history.

As each shot went off a stick I was either cowering that Marty would make the save and hope that John Grahame would whiff with his glove or it would hit someone in front and the puck would go in.  But that didn’t happen until a little after midnight.  Thank God it was  Friday night.  Watching hockey for about five hours can be draining on you.  I can’t imagine what it’s like for a player.  You may have heard the stories of IVs and oranges between OT periods.  I remember noticing fans around me taking cat naps to get through the intermissions.  What made it worse was this was before smart phones so you just had to sit there and ponder what may happen.  It was torture.  Absolute torture.  Then deep into the 3rd overtime, just when thought of “Really?!? another one?” crept into your heads, this happened….

The thing I remember most was jumping up and down out of my seat high up the Continental Airlines Arena screaming “IT’S OVER! IT’S OVER! WE DID IT!” and when my best friend Steve asked who scored I demonstratively screamed “ELIAS!”….Yeah, totally missed it.  Little did I know I was completely wrong but hey, look, sit through three OTs and see what you remember when your team scores the goal to win it and you don’t have the benefit of Doc’s amazing call.  At least they were on the same line!

Hockey playoffs are regarded as the best playoffs in sports.  And OT is the biggest reason why.  It will terrify you, make you happy.  It will make you pray.  It will put fear into your heart and give you the biggest calm after it’s over.  It definitely is the greatest thrill ride in sports.

All Aboard the Bandwagon to D.C. … Literally!

What’s a Devils fan to do when this year’s playoffs don’t include them?  Jump on another team’s bandwagon of course!  Every hockey fan does it. They pick two teams they’re going to pull for during the playoffs, one from each conference, and then see if they’re right.  If not, they just continue to jump from bandwagon to bandwagon.  I’ve made my stance about who I’m rooting for in the East this year, some know who, others do not.  But for one night I’m choosing to jump on the Washington Capitals bandwagon.

You see, my husband is a die-hard Rangers fan.  So, any opportunity I can get to root against our Blue Shirt rivals, I jump at the opportunity. We decided earlier in the week that this would be a great experience for both of us, and one that we would both enjoy.  After all, I did bring him to Chicago for a Devils/Blackhawks game  last season, and he donned a Hawks jersey.  So, it’s only fitting that I go to Washington and  rock my Ovechkin t-shirt.   Therefore , tomorrow morning we’ll head down to the D.C. area to do some sight-seeing,  and get ready for Game 2 of the Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers series.

Having watched a lot of the Rangers/Caps games all season, this is still anyone’s series for the taking.  The Rangers outscored the Caps 17-6 and took the season series 3-1.  They also held Alexander Ovechkin to no goals and two assists.  Last night however, Alexander Ovechkin got on the board and tied the game late in the 3rd period.  The game headed to overtime and the Caps came out with the victory.

The Capitals lead the 7 game series 1-0. Game 2 is tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and I can’t wait to enjoy some playoff hockey.  I’ll be rocking my red one way or another, even if it is for a different team.

Go Caps Go!

Nordiques Nation invades The Rock!

Nordiques Nation

Nordiques Nation

The Nordiques Nation was in attendance for the Devils last game of the season on Sunday against Boston, all 2,000 of them with their blue shirts, face paint, and resident sasquatch. They took up a few sections in the upper level and were scattered through each section of Prudential, chanting and cheering on the Devils… and The Nordiques Nation, of course.

Their goal is to bring it to the attention of the NHL that they want a team back in Quebec. It’s been 16 years without a team after the Quebec Nordiques moved and became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995. Each period, the Nordiques would start a countdown to the 16 minute mark and make noise for the next 30 seconds of play to mark the importance of 16.  They were loud the entire game, started a pretty successful wave throughout the arena and were very organized! Chico made a few comments about the Nordiques not just being a haphazard group, “they have leaders!” (I know this because I watched the replay of the game later that night.. it’s hard to say goodbye!)

In the last few minutes of the game, the Nordiques Nation left their upper level seats to invade the lower half. Lines of blue filled the aisles of the lower level of the Prudential Center and the rest of the arena in red gave the Devils a standing ovation for the last minute of play as they won 3-2. It was a great game to finish the season. Everyone was happy, light-hearted and there to celebrate the team and its amazing run.

After the post game interview, I lingered in my seat for a few more minutes and got a little sentimental! It’s hard to think I wouldn’t be sitting in seat 10 for another few months – September can’t come fast enough.

Nordiques Nation

Nordiques Nation

Devils Army Rises Up

Devils Army Rises Up

We Earned It

We have had a pretty crazy season. We picked up a great player in Kovalchuk, lost our star Parise to a knee injury, the return of Jaque Lemaire, saw Hedberg make incredible saves while Marty wasn’t looking to hot, had a terrible first half and are finishing it up on fire – but are missing the play offs for the first time since 1996! That’s a whole lot for a fan to handle. But I have to say, we handled it pretty well!

We never give up. We rocked our red, defended our boys and always knew that we had what it took to make a great team. We are all proud of the Devils and proud to be members of the Devils Army. We have a whole section, the NJ Devils Supporters Section, dedicated to those fans who like to be heard and are offering season tickets to join them at every game. We have even taken our fan community to another level with the launch of Mission Control and the Devils Army Generals earlier this year, bringing the fans in closer to the organization instead of leaving them on the concourse.

We are the best fans and the team knows it! They mention how great it is to hear us support them and how much it means to them while they’re on the ice. The Devils employees put together a LIPDUB in honor of us. The annual Fan Appreciation Day is coming up, landing on our last game of the season on April 10th and I think it is well deserved! In addition to the normal Fan Fest with music, food and games, Sunday the fans will have the chance to win great prizes and receive a team poster on their way out.

This is a great team to be a fan of. With 1,000 first time season ticket holders signing up for next season, it’s obvious that people can not get enough of Devils hockey! The Devils Army is growing and next year is our year.

The Rock

The Rock

The Players Award Ceremony

If you are a season ticket holder, one of the many perks is having the opportunity to attend meet and greet events with the players. My family and I were certainly in for a treat when we attended the Players Award Ceremony and autograph signing on Thursday, April 7th!

The event opened with an hour long autograph session, with all of the players armed with sharpie markers and glowing smiles. We were fortunate in that Ilya Kovalchuk happened to be at the table nearest where we entered, and we were able to get at the head of the line. I have patiently waited for the opportunity to have him sign my jersey, and I finally got my chance!

I also had a puck given to me by Mark Fraser in the pre-season. It was exciting to finally get his autograph and have a chance to talk to him. The best part was learning that he recognized me from all the times I go and wave during the warm ups, and that he remembered giving that puck to me!

Probably the funniest situation of all, was my family and I bringing a bright red stuffed pig with Devils horns (from today forward known as “Devil Pig”) and having nearly the entire team and coaching staff sign him. Johan Hedberg gave my brother and I a quizzical look and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever signed a PIG before!” Dainius Zubrus, who we have seen at numerous signings, wondered what we had in store for him, as he has signed everything from photos, books, pucks and jerseys for us. I explained that he was the inspiration for bringing the pig; after all, he’s already signed everything else for us! We had to get creative. He laughed as he autographed the “place of honor” right on the front.

After the autograph signings, we were treated to a wonderful lunch of sandwiches, chicken fingers, small snacks and drinks. Then the awards were handed out. Travis Zajac was voted by his team mates as this year’s Unsung Hero, Johan Hedberg was deemed this year’s Players Player, while Patrik Elias was given the honor of Most Valuable Player.

We listened as each award was handed out, and each coach thanked the players, staff and all the fans! Jacques Lemaire hinted that we may see him again next year, which was met with thunderous applause from the crowd. The event ended with an inspirational video of this season’s highlights, bringing back all the memories of this year’s strengths, and reminding us of what we will have to look forward to next year! Everyone down on the ice expressed disappointment that we aren’t occupying a place in the playoffs as we have become accustomed, but assured us that next year, they will be working doubly hard to be back where we belong!

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