Subban to Host New Show; Harris and Blitzer Give to RWJBarnabas

Some quick news bits to get to today, one new, one older.

Amanda Stein wrote on the Devils’ official blog today that PK Subban will be hosting a NHL trivia show during the pause in the NHL season.

Stein said that the show will be called “NHL Hat Trick Trivia Hosted by PK Subban” and will debut on April 11 on Sportsnet in Canada at noon, at 12:30 PM on the NHL’s Facebook page, YouTube and Instagram TV. The show will air on television in the United States on NHL Network on Tuesday 9:30 PM and NBCSN on Wednesday at 6 PM the following week.

The show will air weekly “with special guest appearances” including “fellow NHL players and a range of celebrities.”

There will also be “two contestants answering three hockey trivia questions with Subban” giving them “a chance to win NHL prizes.”

The first episode, according to Stein, will see Subban’s guest host be (all-too brief) former Devil Patrick Maroon. The contestants vying for prizes “will be a St. Louis police officer and a New Jersey paramedic” which is a nice touch because both Subban and Maroon have history with the Devils. In addition, Maroon grew up in St. Louis, won a Stanley Cup with the Blues and had family on his mother’s side in East Rutherford, New Jersey as a kid.

The show will be hosted from Subban’s home in Los Angeles.

In other (slightly older and more serious) news, it was announced on March 31 that Devils Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer will be donating money and supplies to RWJBaranabas Health here in New Jersey to aid in the fight against COIVD-19.

Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (the Devils’ ownership group) said in a press release on the matter that they are “dedicated to supporting their communities through the pillars of education, medical, food, and wages.”

Prudential Center, according to the press release, “recently donated the supplies they had on hand, including hand sanitizer, gloves, anti bacterial soap, disinfecting wipes, and disinfecting sprays. There are ongoing talks on how else the organization and Prudential Center can help the Newark and greater New Jersey community at this time.”

RWJBarnabas Health sent out a tweet where they thanked Harris and Blitzer “for [their] generous donation to” the hospital network. The donation went to the Emergency Response Fund according to the tweet.

Devils Partner with DREAM Newark for Day of Service

The Devils organization celebrated a day of service on August 7 with DREAM Newark according to a press release put out on the team’s official site.

DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI according to the press release) “continued its partnership with the New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center and The Harris Family Charitable Foundation with a day of service and celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Newark.”

DREAM was recognizing Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer “for their commitment to the community.” The day featured activities which showed how sports and education can positively influence kids. According to the press release, a press conference, media availability and youth enrichment activities were held.

The release also said that DREAM Newark is run by Harris and Blitzer and that the two are long time supporters of the DREAM initiative.

It also said that The Harris Family Charitable Foundation helped to “fund a grant to DREAM Network for a literacy program, as well as to provide youth access to the powerful benefits of playing baseball and softball.” Both Harris and Blitzer “have contributed significantly to supporting DREAM’s infrastructure and ability to reach thousands of youth in our area each year.”

In other hockey news, we would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fans of hockey legend Stan Mikita. The Hockey Hall of Famer and Chicago Blackhawk great passed away earlier today at the age of 78. Mr. Mikita played his entire 22-year NHL career with the Blackhawks, retiring in 1980. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983. He was also named one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players in 2017 during the league’s centennial celebrations.

After immigrating to Canada with his aunt and uncle (leaving behind his mother and father) following the communist takeover of his native Czechoslovakia in 1948 when he was just eight years old, Mikita (born Stanislav Gvoth – he later took his aunt and uncle’s last name) settled in St. Catharines, Ontario.

In St. Catharines, he quickly took to the game of hockey. He was signed by the Blackhawks when he was just 13 years old and played for the Hawks’ Ontario Hockey Association affiliate, the St. Catharines Teepees. He was called up to Chicago at 19 years old in 1958-59, beginning a career that would see him win the Hart Trophy twice (1967 and 1968), the Art Ross Trophy four times (1964, 1965, 1967 and 1968), the Lady Byng Trophy twice (1967 and 1968) and the Stanley Cup in 1961. He was also an eight time all-star.

He is the Blackhawks’ all-time leader in games played (1,394), assists (926) and points (1,467). His number 21 was retired by the Blackhawks.

For a younger generation, he will be remembered for his appearance in the movie Wayne’s World in 1992. The movie took place in the Chicago area and featured a donut shop named after him as a parody of the real-life Tim Horton’s donut chain.

Once again, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Mikita in this tough time.