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  1. Is there about the same amount of equipment available as there was at the draft parties? The draft parties were great for getting top of the line equipment at a huge discount, but the downside was you had to deal with the lunatics who turned the whole place into a mess digging through piles of stuff to find a stick that had Kovalchuk's name printed on it. If there is about the same amount of stuff for sale at the expo, then maybe it's better for people actually looking to use the equipment to have the sale detached from the draft party.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Actually, I think most of the league's jerseys either got better or stayed the same, and we are the only one that got worse. Edmonton's jerseys are the same as what they've been wearing as their third jersey, and used as their home jersey in the playoffs. Carolina's new jerseys are similar to their original design, which I think is good. Nashville's jerseys I think are a big improvement, getting rid of the notorious Reebok vertical piping. This small change makes a big difference in my opinion. Colorado also ditching their hideous Reebok atrocities and going back to their original design is a colossal improvement. Minnesota's new jerseys look pretty good. Calgary ditching the vertical piping too. Vegas's jerseys are solid, although I think they would look a little better if they were black instead of gray. I would also have liked to see their away jersey be yellow since they are the Golden Knights, but Nashville wearing yellow at home kind of screws that up. Everyone else has the same designs they had last year.
  18. That stuff is probably more from Adidas than the Devils, but yes it is stupid either way.
  19. This nod to history stuff is laughable. (1) CHAMPIONSHIP COLLAR: I never understood the point of putting stuff on the inside of a jersey where you can only see it when it's not being worn. (2) HONORING THE ORIGINAL: It says the single stripe on the bottom honors the Newark Bulldogs, but then it shows a picture of the Bulldogs jersey which clearly has way more than one stripe. (3) RED COLLAR: Not a single person would have been able to deduce that this is a tribute to the Scouts without this image telling us. It's like they made the collar red and then threw this description in there as an attempt to keep people from being mad about it or something. (4) SLEEVE STRIPES: Again, nobody would have ever made the connection between the sleeve stripes and the Rockies, and the stripes don't even look like the stripes on the Rockies' jerseys. Yeah they're all the same width, but they are way bigger.
  20. So why would you want to make it even worse?
  21. Are you saying they need to wait longer to make sure the goalie has the puck covered, or do you mean if the goalie has the puck and wants to play it, they should give him a chance to do so before blowing the whistle? If you're saying they should wait longer to blow the whistle so that they can make sure the puck is actually covered, you would pretty much just invite the forwards to start jabbing away at a goalie that is covering the puck, especially if you eliminate the intent to blow the whistle portion of that rule.
  22. I'm a hardcore purist when it comes to hockey, so some of these ideas are definitely not popular, but here's my list... (1) Fix overtime. Eliminate the shootout. Penalty shot contests are something you do at the end of practice for fun, not something that should determine who gets a point in the standings. Also without a 3-2-1-0 point system, unless you are a very good team, you should just try to get every game finish tied, and then all you'd have to do is go .500 in the shootout and you'd finish with 123 points and probably win the Presidents Trophy without ever winning an actual hockey game. As for overtime, ice hockey is played 5 on 5 except for when there are penalties. I don't like 3 on 3 and I didn't even like 4 on 4. Five minutes of overtime is too short, especially when the teams know they can just take their chances in the shootout instead. I say do an ice cut after regulation ends (with two Zams this can easily be completed and frozen in 5 minutes), and then have a 10-minute 5-on-5 overtime. If nobody scores, the game is a tie. To be honest, I would even be okay with no overtime at all, at least that way every game is the same length. (2) Fix the standings. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss. (3) Trapezoid. They might as well have made it a rule to not make passes from behind the other team's net so that Gretzky couldn't be so good. (4) Make the consequence for shooting the puck over the glass from your defensive zone the same as icing--faceoff in your zone and you can't change lines. If it is clearly intentional, then it should be a penalty, but it's completely asinine that teams are going shorthanded for accidentally shooting the puck over the glass. This was done after the 2005 lockout as a way to artificially increase scoring. I've seen numerous times where a team goes down shorthanded from a call that could go either way, and then while killing the penalty they accidentally send the puck into the stands, and now they have to kill off a 5 on 3 when they maybe shouldn't even have been shorthanded at all. (5) Let the refs review any call they want. If they deem it to be an important decision and they feel they need to get another quick look at it to make the correct call, why are we not allowing that? People argue it will slow down the game too much. Well first of all, it is way more important that the correct call be made, and if you fix the review process so that it is the same as the NCAA where the ref just goes into the scorekeeper's box and watches the replay himself, it won't take nearly as long as wasting time with phone calls. In the NCAA, the refs have a lot more that they can review. There was a national playoff game a few years back where a puck was shot out of play and they originally ruled that it went off the attacking team, who was down by a goal with about 30 seconds left. They reviewed it and saw that the puck was sent out by the defending team. This isn't a delay of game in college, but they wanted to make sure they put such a crucial faceoff in the right spot. The review didn't take that long, they saw they got the call wrong, so they came out and had the faceoff in the zone where it should be. The attacking team won the faceoff and scored the tying goal to send it to overtime where they ended up winning. If the refs couldn't review it, their season probably ended, but instead they moved on to the Frozen Four. If getting the call correct is this important for the NCAA, it should be just as important in the league that competes for the Stanley Cup. To hell with human error being a part of the sport. The players are the ones playing the game. Let their actions be what determines the outcome--if the officials need to take a second look at such actions, then so be it. Calls should be made on what actually happened, not what the ref thinks happened. The counterargument to this is that there would be a million reviews, but that isn't the case. They would be able to use their discretion on whether or not to review a play. (6) Fix the Tampa Bay and Florida anomaly in the division alignment. (7) Add a rule that prohibits anyone else from ever making any rule changes after mine are implemented. (8) Bring back the Devils jerseys we know and love.
  23. If he didn't get injured, people wouldn't be calling it a dirty hit, and although his body was sliding towards the boards, the injury happened because he inadvertently put his face into the top of the boards when trying to get up. If his face hits that spot because of the shove, then yes it is boarding, but that's not what happened which is why this call can go either way.
  24. Fair enough, I'd say most refs do give a little more leeway in situations like that, which is why I assumed that whatever was said must have been bad enough to warrant another penalty. Of course this isn't always the case and I'm sure we're never going to find out what was actually said so at the end of the day we are both just assuming here.
  25. The reffing was fine. Zajac got knocked down but the injury happened because when he tried to pick himself back up his face hit the top of the boards. That call can go either way since both players contributed to it. The Hall hit had nothing to do with the refs "letting the game get out of hand." What did the refs do to let the game get out of hand, not call one borderline hit? Hall's hit was plain and simple a forechecker trying to get the puck from a defenseman who didn't bother to take a quick look and see if anyone was pressuring him. I highly doubt Hall went in there planning on throwing a huge hit, it just became a huge hit by virtue of Larsen not knowing that a hit was coming. As I explained above, you don't get an instigator penalty when there isn't a fight. You can make a case for Chaput getting called for roughing, but not instigating unless they also call Chaput and Hall for fighting.
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