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  1. Best and worst moments in the first decade at the Rock

    Yep, that was exactly what I was referring to. They saw Satans Hockey's Supporters Section catch on, and they thought they can make it an official thing, but forcing people to commit to season tickets just priced most people out and killed it.
  2. Best and worst moments in the first decade at the Rock

    Also worth mentioning is the grassroots Supporters Section that Satans Hockey started on here. I had a great time being part of that until the Devils usurped it and tried to make it their own thing and predictably ruined it by making it season tickets only.
  3. Best and worst moments in the first decade at the Rock

    HAHA that is great! One game I'll probably never forget is a game against the Flyers in 2010 during a huge blizzard. So few people made it to the game that at some point during the game, they allowed everyone sitting in the upper level to move downstairs. I managed to get a seat right against the glass behind Brodeur.
  4. Devils to be Affiliated with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder

    Just want to clarify in case there is any confusion that rinks aren't "pro-Devils" or "pro-Rangers." We get whatever banners the teams send us. We have some Devils stuff hanging up, but the Rangers just send us more, which is why there is more Rangers stuff hanging up, and our management has more connections to the Rangers than the Devils which is why we have more Rangers alumni running stuff. We did have Colin White show up one night and hop on the ice for the kids' practices. We don't actively support one team over the other though, and our staff is a mix of Devils fans, Rangers fans, and people who don't have a favorite team. I would love to see the Devils step it up though and have a much more visible presence at our rink and every rink in the state. We have had some former players pop in for various reasons though. Grant Marshall is sometimes there because I think he is dating or married to a figure skating instructor that is sometimes there, Jamie Langenbrunner and Pete DeBoer were there to see their kids play, and Bryce Salvador used to bring his kid to our rink for private lessons. Outside of the Devils, Craig Anderson was training at our rink for a few days while he was away from the team last season because his wife was seeing a doctor nearby. The Senators flew a coach or a shooter out to take shots on him.
  5. Devils to be Affiliated with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder

    I'm not really sure, but now that I think of it, there were more connections that brought the Rangers program to our rink. Our hockey director at the time previously worked for the Rangers and I think he was part of their community outreach department, Brian Mullen was the figurehead for that program and he is a Protec coach, and the guy running the program from the Rangers' end was familiar with our hockey director because he was going to be a Protec coach at the start of last season but for whatever reason it ended up not happening. Remembering all that, it's possible that the Rangers' guys might not have reached out to a ton of NJ rinks, but got in touch with us because of the people involved already knowing each other. I'm still on good terms with the guy who now works for the Devils, and when he reached out to me about scheduling the Devils learn to play program, I was pushing for it to happen, but we didn't really have good ice times available anymore, and although our GM didn't seem opposed to it personally, he said the owner would not be happy with him allowing the guy to come back to our rink. Annoying and unfortunate, but I guess that's how things go sometimes.
  6. Devils to be Affiliated with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder

    I am one of the managers at Protec, and there are a few reasons why you unfortunately see more Rangers stuff around the rink. (1) As you guys pointed out, the Rangers local outreach is a lot better. They send a lot more free stuff to us than the Devils do. Once in a while the Devils give us tickets to hand out to the kids in our travel program, but the Rangers have a much better visual presence with the banners and stuff. (2) Our GM used to be the Rangers' assistant GM, so he has better connections with the Rangers than the Devils. Brian Mullen coaches one of our travel teams and Stephane Matteau comes down a couple times a year to run a summer camp and occasional clinics. Despite the Rangers fans' obsession with him, Matteau is actually a pretty cool guy. He usually brings his daughter with him to run training sessions specifically for girls. I think she played college hockey for Maine. His son was going to come with him for a camp last year so that we'd also have a Devils presence, but then he got traded to Montreal. (3) The person in charge of the Devils learn to play program is a former Protec employee who left on bad terms with our rink's ownership years ago, and the Rangers simply reached out to us about scheduling the dates for the learn to play program way earlier than the Devils did. We run our own learn to play program year-round (the Rangers program is once a year), and I believe the Rangers agreed to give us the contact information for everyone who enrolls in theirs so that when theirs is over, we can promote our own programs to them.
  7. The Devils Uniforms

    It looks like it would be an adorable logo for a mites team, but I don't like it for anyone older than that. I am vehemently opposed to cartoon-type logos.
  8. The Devils Uniforms

    Splitting hairs here, but at least a 33 on a Reebok jersey replicates a jersey that he actually wore on the ice, even if it was just a development camp.
  9. The Devils Uniforms

    My assumption is that they probably didn't put too much thought into what the fans' perception would be on the jerseys used in the prospect camp. They probably had these old ones laying around and since they are now obsolete, might as well use a bunch of them for this. It's not really an event for the fans anyway, it's primarily for the players and coaching staff. EDIT: On the plus side, you can now get a Hischier Devils jersey without having to get one of the Adidas jerseys OR sacrificing accuracy! As long as you get #33 on it of course.
  10. The Devils Uniforms

    You can get the names and numbers stripped and have a new one put on by sending it to Exclusive Pro. I've done this a few times, in fact on one of those pre-Edge team-issued uncustomized authentics I got after the switch to the Edge jerseys, I originally got it customized as a Parise, but have since sent it back to get it switched to Elias. Even if you look very closely, you can't tell that there was ever a different name/number on it. My beef with the Edge jerseys wasn't so much with the construction of them with the exception of the rounded bottom, but more because of how they basically forced almost every team in the league to change their jerseys (and forced some weird, new age design elements like the vertical piping, unusual patterns on the sleeves, etc.), as well as jacking up the price and reducing the quality compared to the pre-Edge jerseys, especially the replicas. As much as I hate the new Devils jerseys, I am happy that Adidas didn't force everyone to make changes. Only a handful did, and in my opinion all of them are good except for the Devils. I am glad they got rid of the vertical piping that Reebok introduced.
  11. The Devils Uniforms

    I care too much about my jerseys replicating what the player actually wore to get a player put on a jersey design that he didn't actually wear, otherwise I might be doing the same thing too. That combined with my distaste for the Reebok Edge atrocities and this Adidas redesign has left me with no Devils jersey choices for a decade now. However, thanks to the move to the Edge jerseys, I was at least able to snag some authentic pre-Edge Reebok (same as the old CCM) jerseys that were actually intended to be used by the team. If you look closely enough, you can see where the Meigray tag was sewn on and eventually removed since it was never actually used and never even got to the point of being customized until I sent them to Exclusive Pro myself. Since the old replicas were of such high quality and weren't expensive, these are the only authentics I own (excluding my two favorites--a game-worn 2006 Ireland jersey and a game-issued 1997 Italy jersey). I got them for $100 each, which I think is a huge bargain compared to the Edge quality and pricing.
  12. The Devils Uniforms

    I won't buy one of these new jerseys and I hated what Reebok did to the league's jerseys as a whole, so I didn't even buy any of those. If I like Hischier enough to get a jersey, I'd get a Switzerland or Halifax jersey instead. I don't need to have the latest Devils jersey--Brodeur, Stevens, Elias, and Daneyko jerseys aren't going out of style anytime soon, and they look better anyway.
  13. The Devils Uniforms

    While everything you said here may be true, I think it's worth noting that the superfans are the ones keeping the team in business.
  14. Things the NHL needs to fix

    You're saying that the way it is now allows for people to jab away at the goalie, but you want the ref to wait longer before blowing the whistle, so naturally it would allow for more time to take whacks at the goalie.
  15. The Devils Uniforms

    Probably not, but I don't really see how the new one is worse than the old one. I thought all of the jerseys with vertical piping looked bad, I'm glad everybody is getting rid of them now. Nashville's new jersey looks more like what a hockey jersey is supposed to look like--clean and simple with no vertical mumbo jumbo going up the sides.
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