Devils/Adirondack Thunder Renew Official Partnership

In a bit of news missed by me the other day, the Devils announced on Thursday that they have renewed their relationship with the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.

According to the Devils’ press release, “2019-20 will be the third season that the Devils and the Thunder have had an official partnership.” The term “official partnership” eludes to the fact that the teams had an “informal agreement” in 2015-16 and 2016-17 when Adirondack was officially a Calgary affiliate.

The press release included some quotes from key people, including Thunder Governor Ed Moore: “(o)ur relationship is great and now that we are entering year three, we believe that it will only get stronger. With the additions and improvements that New Jersey made this offseason, we are excited to see what this year has in store for the entire organization.”

Devils assistant general manager and GM of the Binghamton Devils also added: “(g)iving players consistent ice time and exposure in all situations at the ECHL (l)evel will help them develop throughout all levels of the New Jersey Devils organization and its affiliates. We are excited to work together with the management, players and coaches for our third consecutive season in Adirondack.”

The Thunder kick off their ECHL season in Portland, Maine when they take on the Maine Mariners (the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate) on October 11. They start their home schedule in Glens Falls, New York against the Worcester Railers on October 19 at Cool Insuring Arena.

Devils to Host “Devils Down the Shore”

The Devils are going down the Shore for Labor Day weekend.

This year the Devils will host “Devils Down the Shore” at two bars at the Jersey Shore. The two bars will be The Anchor’s Bend in Asbury Park and Jenks Inlet Bar in Point Pleasant Beach. The event is free of charge at both bars.

The Devils’ website promises “a fun day of prizes, games, giveaways, and Devils player and alumni appearances.” Grant Marshall is scheduled to appear at The Anchor’s Bend while Travis Zajac, Will Butcher, Ken Daneyko and Marshall will be appearing at Jenks Inlet Bar.

Be advised that the Asbury Park event is 21+ according to the Devils’ site.

At the Devils’ website you can also enter a contest for a chance “to win access to free food & beverage, and a private meet and greet at each bar.”

This event will be replacing the “Devils Beach Bash” which was reportedly getting too expensive with not enough people coming out for the team to justify keeping it.

So, if you are a Devils fan and find yourself near Asbury or Point Pleasant Beach this Labor Day weekend, come out and enjoy some food, drinks and Devils-related events.