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
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.
you mean justification for coming here!