Back in Feb./March I emailed Devils management with an inquiry about how to obtain an internship with them. A few days later I got an e-mail back from Peter McMullen telling me that the Devils did away with their internship program, but that he would like to speak with me on his office line. So I called the number he gave me and his secretary put me through. Wow, what a nice guy! He explained to me why they don't have internships anymore and lectured me for 10 - 15 minutes on how to position myself properly to obtain a job with a professional sports team. I took notes on what he said and then thanked him for the conversation. He also thanked me for being a season ticket holder at 20 years old and for my support of the Devils.
So a few months go by... I see the Devils win and do great things, and then I see them slip up. But the playoffs come and I've got my shiny red tickets. Then, game 7 happens... I see people punching holes in walls and people on this forum going insane. I realize that the Devils must be getting some real hate mail, so I decide that I'll pull up Peter's personal e-mail address and send him an e-mail just to let him know that while some fans are being "quite negative" (understatement), I'm trying to be positive..
To refresh your memory, we had spoken a couple months ago about
internships with the Devils and I had also mentioned that I'm a season
ticket holder, but that is not what this email is about.
I really just wanted to email you to thank the New Jersey Devils for a
great season. I was at the last 3 home playoff games so I saw the
upsetting loss in game 7. Instead of dwelling on it I prefer to think
of the good times I had during the season and in past years. I still
remember staying up past my bed time in 5th grade (with the sound off
so my parents wouldn't know I was watching TV) so that I could watch
the '00 Championship. In '03 I remember spending several hours
building a styrofoam Stanley Cup before the dramatic game 7. To me the
Devils are special and almost like a family. The fans, the players,
and the organization all seem to have a special connection (as evident
by Ken Daneyko and Scott Stevens continuing to help the team, players
taking lower salaries to remain in Jersey, and fans who went to games
in the 80's and 90's are now taking their kids to games).
I've always respected Devils management for taking care of the fans
and really considering them when making decisions (such as lowering
season ticket prices). My two other favorite sports teams (Mets and
Jets) have sky-rocketed their ticket prices, and yet with the Devils I
can still afford my season tickets while being a 20 year old full-time
college student. I can't think of any other team in sports that is as
committed to caring for and respecting its fan base as much as you
So really I just wanted to make sure Devils management knows that, for
at least one fan, the disappointing post season means nothing. I still
love this organization and team, and I always will. My brother Keith
and I have already renewed our season tickets for next year and cannot
wait for opening day! See you in October. Thank you.
- Colin M......
So I get an e-mail back a few hours from him thanking me for my kind words, because management has seen a ton of hate mail. He also thanked me for my continued support of the team (renewed season tickets for next year) and wished me a happy summer.
I figured it was all I would get and was happy about it. But then 2 weeks later I get this email in my inbox...
We all share the same regrets but I am most appreciative of your taking the time to write, especially in light of the good times you remember, and for not dwelling on the disappointment. It's really not a time for criticism but a time for moving forward.
Thank you, too, for your continued support and your loyalty to the Devils.
President / CEO / General Manager
New Jersey Devils
Wow!! What a nice guy. I guess Peter forwarded it to Lou and he just got around to thanking me as well. I just looked at the message stunned that he would even take the time to respond to me. This is awesome!
I just thought I'd share this with you guys.. Thanks for reading