Devils and Prudential Center to Recognize Juneteenth

According to a post on Facebook put out by the Devils at about 5 PM today, the organization will be closing the offices of both the club and the Prudential Center tomorrow, Friday, June 19, in recognition of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is an unofficial American holiday (except in Texas where it is an official state holiday), celebrating the official emancipation of the last slaves in the Confederacy following the American Civil War.

On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas proclaiming slaves in Texas to be free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had actually freed all slaves almost three years before, due to Texas’ remote location at the time, enforcement of the Proclamation was difficult for Union forces.

Celebrations of the holiday go back to 1866 and are usually celebrated in most major cities nationwide today.

The Devils and Prudential Center are recognizing it as a permanent company holiday in order for players and staff “to reflect, learn and celebrate Juneteenth as we collectively work toward racial equality.”

There is currently a movement among citizens to get the holiday recognized as a federal holiday in the United States at large.

Devils Players Participating in Toys for Tots Drive

If you are in the Point Pleasant, New Jersey area on Thursday, December 10, stop by the All-American Ford car dealership on 3306 Bridge Avenue to help out a good cause and score an autograph from members of the New Jersey Devils.

All-American Auto Group will be hosting their annual Toys for Tots drive and this year three Devils players will be lending their services to the festivities. Travis Zajac, Damon Severson and Mike Cammalleri will be on hand to sign autographs for people who donate an unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots. You can receive an autograph for each unwrapped toy you donate.

The All-American Ford website also says that there will also be pictures with Santa, giveaways, prizes, raffles and more.

No registration is needed; the event takes place at the dealership from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. You can contact the dealership at 732-892-4200 or visit for more information.

So if you are in the area, stop by and help give to a good cause!