Devils to Present Virtual “Face-Off Fest”

The Devils today announced a virtual fan fest called “Face-Off Fest.” It will be presented over two days (January 9 and 10) and will feature several virtual activities and purchasing opportunities to benefit Devils charities.

The event will run from Saturday, January 9 from 7:45 PM ET To 9:45 PM ET and on Sunday, January 10 from 6:30 PM ET. The event will stream from

Season ticket members will get exclusive access to an interview with Travis Zajac to be held on Saturday from 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM.

The press release put out by the Devils says that “to attend the virtual Face-Off Fest, Presented by Enterprise, fans can go to and follow coverage across Devils social channels @NJDevils and us the tag #DevilsFaceOffFest.

On Saturday, following the season ticket member-only interview with Travis Zajac, all fans will be able to share interviews and experiences with PK Subban, Nico Hischier and more according to the press release.

The entire event will be hosted by Matt Loughlin, radio voice of the Devils.

Purchases may be made of t-shirts designed by Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes with these Devils-inspired designs being sold at the above website. Also up for purchase are life-sized personalized cardboard cut-outs that will sit in section 133 of the Prudential Center with mascot NJ Devil.

The prices for these are $49.95 for Black & Red Members (season ticket holders) and $64.95 for non-season ticket members. Proceeds will benefit the newly created Devils Youth Foundation. To purchase a cutout and upload a photo to be used, please visit Please note that you need ot get everything in by January 17 (photos, payment, etc.) to be in the stands for the January 28 home game.

This initiative is great, the New York Mets and many other Major League Baseball teams did this during baseball season and it was great. It is a really good move by the Devils to get their fans engaged and also raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Some of the other highlights include being able ot bid on five current player jerseys as well as custom player paintings by Devils PA announcer Kevin Clark. These will be up for bid on January 11.

In addition, between the 18th and 24th, the Devils will auction off one-on-one virtual experiences. These include: making pizza with Kyle Palmieri with the winning bidder and up to seven of their friends. Fans who win will be sent pizza making kits and will spend an hour-long session making pizza with Palms.

Fans can also bid on an opportunity to have a 45-minute chat with Devils legend Ken Daneyko with up to five of their friends. They will also be sent cigars from Jiminez Tobacco, a custom humidor, cutter and zippo lighter. The winning bidders will smoke cigars while talking to Dano.

In other, less cancer-inducing activities, a winning fan and three of their guests will win an autographed Patrik Elias jersey. They will also get to watch (virtually) a period of a Devils game with Patty. In addition, they will receive tickets to a future, to be determined, Devils game to sit in Patty’s personal seats at The Rock.

There is also a chance to win an opportunity to play NHL21 against Jack Hughes, Ty Smith and NJ Devil with up to five of the winner’s friends. This will be a 45 minute gaming session.

Finally, fans can bid on “five Alumni-signed Devils Reverse Retro jerseys.”

As for the Face-Off Fest itself, it will begin with a scrimmage on Sunday at 6:30 PM. Here, Matt Loughlin and Chico Resch will call a scrimmage from the main Prudential Center rink with an exclusive coach message and an interactive intermission with games and analysis.

When the event opens to the general public, there will be a Rapid Fire-style Q&A with the new players acquired this season. These players will include Dmitri Kulikov, Andreas Johnsson and Ryan Murray.

There will be a “Generation to Generation” segment with Jack Hughes and Chico Resch.

A Teammate Battle where PK Subban and Hishcier will take on Nathan Bastian and Brett Seney in an as-yet-to-be-determined challenge.

More Rapid Fire, this time with the “Young Guns”: Merkley, Michael McLeod and Smith.

A kids only press conference featuring goalie Mackenzie Blackwood.

Surprise appearances by Daneyko and former Devils defenseman Colin White.

A “Hockey Hounds” segment with Will Butcher, Palmieri, Connor Carrick and their wives and dogs.

A Zamboni Tug of War.

A Q&A with defenseman Damon Severson.

And finally, post show dueling pianos.

It should be a fun set of events – albeit virtually. I have been saying for years that I wished the Devils would do something like the Blackhawks do with their fan fest. Hopefully, with interest, this kicks off something a lot bigger!

Devils Bring Vatanen Back Into Fold

The Devils announced today that an old face was coming back to the team. New Jersey signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a one-year $2,000,000 contract.

Vatanen was a member of the Devils from 2017-18 – when he was acquired in the trade that sent Adam Henrique to the Anaheim Ducks – to 2019-20 when he was sent to the Carolina Hurricanes for Janne Kuokkanen, Fredrik Claesson and a Carolina draft pick in 2020 (the pick, third-round, 84th overall, became goalie Nico Daws).

Vatanen last played 154 games with the Devils from 2017 to 2020, in which he scored 12 goals, had 56 assists and 68 total points along with 76 penalty minutes.

He has played 434 total NHL games with the Devils and the Ducks totaling 45 goals, 149 assists (194 points) and 192 penalty minutes. He has played in 40 playoff games, including with the Hurricanes during last year’s tournament.

The native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was drafted in the fourth round, 106th overall by the Ducks in 2009. The press release put out by the Devils notes that he was picked in the same draft class (and by the same team) as current Devil Kyle Palmieri.

He has represented Finland in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championship and the 2010 World Championship.

Vatanen will once again be a great asset to the Devils on the power play. That is why I like this low risk signing so much. He is familiar with the team and should adapt well to new coach Lindy Ruff’s new system. It is good to have him back!