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#61 95Crash

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:07 PM

They seem to be very, very loud supporters of the home team and not at all looking to create any friction in that regard. I would guess they will cheer particularly loudly for Marty, given that he is Quebecois. Expect lots of love heading to Marty especially.

There will be 2100 of them psyched to be here - they are coming looking to party in the best NHL arena and have the best possible time they can. They are definitely not going to be looking to stir up crap and miss the buses home. It's in everyone's best interests to be friendly and cheer on the Devils together. I really don't see why Devils fans in attendance would feel somehow threatened by them ... I don't mind sharing what would almost certainly be empty seats with other die hard hockey fans who will be cheering on our team.

I've been looking forward to this game for a few months -- and especially moreso once I knew the Devils weren't going to make the playoffs. Basically I just wanted to be able to go to the last home game of the season and cheer on our players, and show them some love, even though this was not a good year. Hopefully, a lot of other Devs fans had the same thing in mind -- to really show some "appreciation" of our team on Fan Appreciation Day.

So when I heard about all these Nordiques fans coming here, I admit I felt immediate disappointment, thinking that they were just going to come in here and cause a huge distraction with a lot of pro-Nordiques chants and muddy up any good-vibe messages we wanted to give our boys before they break for the off-season.

But if what you say is true, that the Nordiques fans will be coming to cheer our team and celebrate hockey, then maybe it won't be bad afterall. ... I hope your right.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:21 PM

I've been looking forward to this game for a few months -- and especially moreso once I knew the Devils weren't going to make the playoffs. Basically I just wanted to be able to go to the last home game of the season and cheer on our players, and show them some love, even though this was not a good year. Hopefully, a lot of other Devs fans had the same thing in mind -- to really show some "appreciation" of our team on Fan Appreciation Day.


I mean I see all these posts about how we're gonna send off the boys in style, but then I hear the crowd booing at the end of Retro Night when the team had just come off the big winning streak and played well without scoring - and I really doubt a non-playoff year is going to be a lovey-dovey sendoff unless perhaps the team finishes above .500. I could easily picture them finishing under .500, losing the last game and getting booed off the ice but that's the cynic in me.

And quite honestly the only one 'I' want to cheer is Lemaire (and Parise I suppose)...I mean the rest of the team - kids exempted - wasn't exactly coming close to earning their checks the last half of last season and the first half of this year.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:18 AM

i just dont see what the big deal is. we have only had two sellouts this year so its not like this game was going to be any different. If fans are coming to the game and aren't rooting against the Devils who cares? I would rather have Nordique fans than Bruins fans
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:10 AM

What two sellouts? All the Rangers games have been sellouts, as well as Opening Night and Retro Night at least. That's five, with maybe one or two more spliced in as well. And judging by the secondary market prices this one would have been a sellout as well, with or without the 'invasion'.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:43 AM

What two sellouts? All the Rangers games have been sellouts, as well as Opening Night and Retro Night at least. That's five, with maybe one or two more spliced in as well. And judging by the secondary market prices this one would have been a sellout as well, with or without the 'invasion'.



Retro night was listed as a sellout? Seemed a little bit emptier this year than last year and have basically the same seats.

I also heard Opening Night was close to a sellout, but not quite. What was the official attendance?

Finally, we all know how the Devils are notorious with playing around with numbers when it comes to game attenance, so I am just naturally skeptical when we sell out more than a couple of games a season.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:51 AM

All teams play around with attendance numbers...go see a "sellout" in Philly. If you add 50 club seats to make it a sellout, it's no big deal...if Philly can get away with 1,000 empty seats we can get away with a few overpriced clubs being vacant.

The NYI and Pittsburgh games were sellouts a few weeks ago, and the 1PM Flyers game also was. Just off the top of my head. Sharks drew a little over 17,000.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:52 AM

What two sellouts? All the Rangers games have been sellouts, as well as Opening Night and Retro Night at least. That's five, with maybe one or two more spliced in as well. And judging by the secondary market prices this one would have been a sellout as well, with or without the 'invasion'.


I said two because i was being lenient. The only legitimate sell out i know of this year was the Thrashers game on the 15th, and the only reason i say that is because Kevin Clark announced it during a play stoppage
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:04 PM

Retro night was listed as a sellout? Seemed a little bit emptier this year than last year and have basically the same seats.

I also heard Opening Night was close to a sellout, but not quite. What was the official attendance?

Finally, we all know how the Devils are notorious with playing around with numbers when it comes to game attenance, so I am just naturally skeptical when we sell out more than a couple of games a season.

Opening night was a sellout: 17628. And every team is 'playing around" with numbers
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:19 PM

Opening night was a sellout: 17628. And every team is 'playing around" with numbers



True, but the Devils are one of the worst offenders. I have been to games were both balconies are almost entirely empty save maybe 50-100 people in them and they still announce 14-15 thousand.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:21 PM

Listed Sellouts
Three Ranger games
Opening night vs Dallas
1 Sharks game
1 Penguins game
1 Islander game
1 Red Wings game
1 Retro Night Caps

9 so far. I'm not sure if I missed any...
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:24 PM

True, but the Devils are one of the worst offenders. I have been to games were both balconies are almost entirely empty save maybe 50-100 people in them and they still announce 14-15 thousand.

Just because a seat is empty doesn't mean that ticket isn't sold or bought. Question is why do they announce 5,000 during blizzard games when there were way more tickets sold than that.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:45 PM

Just because a seat is empty doesn't mean that ticket isn't sold or bought. Question is why do they announce 5,000 during blizzard games when there were way more tickets sold than that.



If that is the case, then how come the Devils have many games where it is "sold out" but no fans are there to fill the seats? When I see a sellout at other teams arenas, there is literally only standing room left. I knew a lot of our fans were terrible, but now they are really sh!tty.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 02:00 PM

If that is the case, then how come the Devils have many games where it is "sold out" but no fans are there to fill the seats? When I see a sellout at other teams arenas, there is literally only standing room left. I knew a lot of our fans were terrible, but now they are really sh!tty.

Because they choose not to go. It's like that everywhere except in certain markets.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 03:29 PM

Hi guys,

We will see each other at the game, I am among the ±2000 fans who will make the trip down to Newark for the game on April 10th.

First of all, let me ensure you that our main goal is simply to let Bettman know once more that we are crazy about hockey, and that if close to 2000 fans can drive 600 miles to watch one impact-less game, imagine how quick we could fill our brand new arena and purchase lots of NHL goods. Our mayor officially announced the construction of a 400M arena that will open in 2015 and a well know Canadian businessman Pierre-Karl Peladeau, owner of a multibillion multinational telecom company, did not hide his excitement to become a NHL team owner. His intentions are crystal clear.

You also need to know that as we did in Long Island, we will cheer for the home team and we will take every opportunity to make noise. It is a party after all right? You certainly know already but a few Quebecers play for your team. We will be cheering for them and for every other Devils. It is sad that your team will not do the playoffs this year, but in another way, that is better for us because as one of you mentioned, we will not take away tickets that would be sold to Devils fans...

On the other hand, you would not see that here... Imagine how simple it was for "Le Reve Sportif" to purchase 2000 tickets for a single game only 2 months prior to the game. That is abnormal. In Montreal or Toronto, or in every other hockey markets in Canada, you cannot get ticket that easily because there is an actual demand for them. It seems more and more obvious for us that a team must come back to us after a little break. We have more citizens, our economy is better, the USD and Canadian dollar are even, and there is a real government/city/citizen belief in this project.

Finally, I need to say that when you see people wearing the Nordiques shirt, it does not mean it is the Nordiques Nation although we encourage everyone to wear that beautiful fleurdelisé shirt. We only had 3 official trips since the foundation a few months ago: Long Island, Montreal, and now Newark.

We are peaceful but loud people. We just want to have a good time and again, show everybody at the NHL offices that we can be the best crowd.

Vincent, former and future Nordiques fan
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 05:19 PM

I mean I see all these posts about how we're gonna send off the boys in style, but then I hear the crowd booing at the end of Retro Night when the team had just come off the big winning streak and played well without scoring - and I really doubt a non-playoff year is going to be a lovey-dovey sendoff unless perhaps the team finishes above .500. I could easily picture them finishing under .500, losing the last game and getting booed off the ice but that's the cynic in me.

And quite honestly the only one 'I' want to cheer is Lemaire (and Parise I suppose)...I mean the rest of the team - kids exempted - wasn't exactly coming close to earning their checks the last half of last season and the first half of this year.

I'm not sure what to tell you other than I can't control what our other fans do. All I know is that I will be cheering that night as I always do.


Hi guys,

We will see each other at the game, I am among the ±2000 fans who will make the trip down to Newark for the game on April 10th.

First of all, let me ensure you that our main goal is simply to let Bettman know once more that we are crazy about hockey, and that if close to 2000 fans can drive 600 miles to watch one impact-less game, imagine how quick we could fill our brand new arena and purchase lots of NHL goods. Our mayor officially announced the construction of a 400M arena that will open in 2015 and a well know Canadian businessman Pierre-Karl Peladeau, owner of a multibillion multinational telecom company, did not hide his excitement to become a NHL team owner. His intentions are crystal clear.

You also need to know that as we did in Long Island, we will cheer for the home team and we will take every opportunity to make noise. It is a party after all right? You certainly know already but a few Quebecers play for your team. We will be cheering for them and for every other Devils. It is sad that your team will not do the playoffs this year, but in another way, that is better for us because as one of you mentioned, we will not take away tickets that would be sold to Devils fans...

On the other hand, you would not see that here... Imagine how simple it was for "Le Reve Sportif" to purchase 2000 tickets for a single game only 2 months prior to the game. That is abnormal. In Montreal or Toronto, or in every other hockey markets in Canada, you cannot get ticket that easily because there is an actual demand for them. It seems more and more obvious for us that a team must come back to us after a little break. We have more citizens, our economy is better, the USD and Canadian dollar are even, and there is a real government/city/citizen belief in this project.

Finally, I need to say that when you see people wearing the Nordiques shirt, it does not mean it is the Nordiques Nation although we encourage everyone to wear that beautiful fleurdelisé shirt. We only had 3 official trips since the foundation a few months ago: Long Island, Montreal, and now Newark.

We are peaceful but loud people. We just want to have a good time and again, show everybody at the NHL offices that we can be the best crowd.

Vincent, former and future Nordiques fan

Nice post.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 05:21 PM

Hi guys,

We will see each other at the game, I am among the ±2000 fans who will make the trip down to Newark for the game on April 10th.

First of all, let me ensure you that our main goal is simply to let Bettman know once more that we are crazy about hockey, and that if close to 2000 fans can drive 600 miles to watch one impact-less game, imagine how quick we could fill our brand new arena and purchase lots of NHL goods. Our mayor officially announced the construction of a 400M arena that will open in 2015 and a well know Canadian businessman Pierre-Karl Peladeau, owner of a multibillion multinational telecom company, did not hide his excitement to become a NHL team owner. His intentions are crystal clear.

You also need to know that as we did in Long Island, we will cheer for the home team and we will take every opportunity to make noise. It is a party after all right? You certainly know already but a few Quebecers play for your team. We will be cheering for them and for every other Devils. It is sad that your team will not do the playoffs this year, but in another way, that is better for us because as one of you mentioned, we will not take away tickets that would be sold to Devils fans...

On the other hand, you would not see that here... Imagine how simple it was for "Le Reve Sportif" to purchase 2000 tickets for a single game only 2 months prior to the game. That is abnormal. In Montreal or Toronto, or in every other hockey markets in Canada, you cannot get ticket that easily because there is an actual demand for them. It seems more and more obvious for us that a team must come back to us after a little break. We have more citizens, our economy is better, the USD and Canadian dollar are even, and there is a real government/city/citizen belief in this project.

Finally, I need to say that when you see people wearing the Nordiques shirt, it does not mean it is the Nordiques Nation although we encourage everyone to wear that beautiful fleurdelisé shirt. We only had 3 official trips since the foundation a few months ago: Long Island, Montreal, and now Newark.

We are peaceful but loud people. We just want to have a good time and again, show everybody at the NHL offices that we can be the best crowd.

Vincent, former and future Nordiques fan



Hi,

I hate to tell you this but this isn't going to go over with our fans the same way as the Islanders fans. You went to a game on Long Island with your fans being 2000 of the 10000 there. That means there was 5000+ additional empty seats. A Sunday game in NJ will sell out either way and the 2000 of you among our 15000+ fans is a bad situation no matter who you root for. We don't like to be compared to the Isles, Phoenix or Atlanta and we shouldn't be. This is a stable franchise with a young fan base! Our ticket prices can't even be compared to these other teams. Sure we have weeknight deals with significant savings but even those prices are more expensive than a lower level ticket in phoenix. Your presence says there's something wrong in Newark and i don't expect devils fans to welcome this! I hope you truly are peaceful and friendly but I also hope any banners you bring say nothing more than "let's go devils" or I assure you there will be problems.

We all know you all are trying to tell the NHL something and I do hope you get a team in the future but there are better ways to do it then trying to take over another teams home game. This is Jersey's team not Quebecs team, let's keep it that way!

Bill, current and future Devils fan

I'm not sure what to tell you other than I can't control what our other fans do. All I know is that I will be cheering that night as I always do.



Nice post.



you mean justification for coming here!
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:31 PM

Hi,

I hate to tell you this but this isn't going to go over with our fans the same way as the Islanders fans. You went to a game on Long Island with your fans being 2000 of the 10000 there. That means there was 5000+ additional empty seats. A Sunday game in NJ will sell out either way and the 2000 of you among our 15000+ fans is a bad situation no matter who you root for. We don't like to be compared to the Isles, Phoenix or Atlanta and we shouldn't be. This is a stable franchise with a young fan base! Our ticket prices can't even be compared to these other teams. Sure we have weeknight deals with significant savings but even those prices are more expensive than a lower level ticket in phoenix. Your presence says there's something wrong in Newark and i don't expect devils fans to welcome this! I hope you truly are peaceful and friendly but I also hope any banners you bring say nothing more than "let's go devils" or I assure you there will be problems.

We all know you all are trying to tell the NHL something and I do hope you get a team in the future but there are better ways to do it then trying to take over another teams home game. This is Jersey's team not Quebecs team, let's keep it that way!

Bill, current and future Devils fan

You are arguing for no reason. I don't see this at all as them trying to take over or invade our arena. If that was their intention they wouldn't be rooting for the home team. Also I doubt they are going to run into any problems either way because our fans just do not care. We let RANGERS fans take over our arena on a regular basis and nobody says boo to them, everyone just sits there in silent embarassment. The Nordiques were never our rivals so I have no idea why some people of you people are being so protective and combative about this.

Edited by devilsfan26, 29 March 2011 - 07:31 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:44 PM

Hi,

I hate to tell you this but this isn't going to go over with our fans the same way as the Islanders fans. You went to a game on Long Island with your fans being 2000 of the 10000 there. That means there was 5000+ additional empty seats. A Sunday game in NJ will sell out either way and the 2000 of you among our 15000+ fans is a bad situation no matter who you root for. We don't like to be compared to the Isles, Phoenix or Atlanta and we shouldn't be. This is a stable franchise with a young fan base! Our ticket prices can't even be compared to these other teams. Sure we have weeknight deals with significant savings but even those prices are more expensive than a lower level ticket in phoenix. Your presence says there's something wrong in Newark and i don't expect devils fans to welcome this! I hope you truly are peaceful and friendly but I also hope any banners you bring say nothing more than "let's go devils" or I assure you there will be problems.

We all know you all are trying to tell the NHL something and I do hope you get a team in the future but there are better ways to do it then trying to take over another teams home game. This is Jersey's team not Quebecs team, let's keep it that way!

Bill, current and future Devils fan




you mean justification for coming here!


Absolutely terrific post mate. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Adam, current and future Devils fan.
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:42 AM

Two things:

1) this thing has been coming for a long time, you're just realizing it now.
2) they've sold out 9 games this season, I would guess it'll end at 10 barring a big run-in of Habs fans Saturday.

actually, their attendance hasn't been that bad this year, throwing out the two snow games where they play games with the numbers. 14998 thus far. considering the lack of STH's this year and areas where Quebecois can buy entire sections well in advance, combined with the mindnumbing suck of the first half, it could have been alot worse. I'm sure they still bled money pretty hard, though.
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:47 AM

The ticket availability is limited for that game so we weren't able to do it.


It's limited because the Devils sold the sections you guys use, to the Quebec people, at least a couple of months ago.
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