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.
Earlier tonight, the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the New York Yankees, hosted Hockey Night at Arm & Hammer Park. The event was co-hosted by the New Jersey Devils and the NHL Network.
As part of the festivities, “Mr. Devil” Ken Daneyko was on hand to throw out one of the ceremonial first pitches and to sign autographs. He was joined by team mascot NJ Devil and three members of the Metropolitan Riveters, champions of the NWHL. Those three players were Rebecca Russo, Kelsey Koelzer and Madison Packer.
The three players threw out first pitches as well and then all five moved to the concourse of the stadium and signed autographs.
The NHL Network auctioned off signed memorabilia including an autographed Alex Ovechkin Capitals jersey. Many of the items were donated by the various NHL teams.
Fans were encouraged to wear hockey team gear and there were representations of the obvious Devils, Rangers and Flyers, but also teams like the Bruins, Red Wings and Coyotes.
The Devils had a presence all night, with a table giving people information about season tickets and the upcoming season as well as Beach Blast.
For the record, the Thunder lost the game 9-7 to the Altoona Curve (affilitate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) after a thrilling ninth inning rally was choked off.
Following the game the Devils presented fireworks and the crowd went home happy, forgetting about the hard luck loss by Trenton.