So, it has been kind of a slow month so far in terms of news, but there were some things going on last week so we can talk about that here.
First, the MTV Video Music Awards were held at Prudential Center last Monday and two Devils players took part.
Blake Coleman was the NewJerseyDevils.com Red Carpet Host. He interviewed New York Jets player Brent Qvale, Lizzo, the cast of MTV show Floribama Shore, band CNCO, Diplo, Ice-T and PK Subban and Lindsey Vonn.
Now admittedly, I have no idea who most of those people are, save for Ice-T and, of course, Subban, but it was some good promotion for the team to get in on this. With the event taking place at Prudential Center, it got the Devils some notoriety. According to the Devils’ official blog, Coleman even tried to persuade some of the celebrities to become Devils fans.
Speaking of the VMAs and Subban, he was even more involved in the event. The VMAs had a strong New Jersey flavor being in Newark, as Chris Wescott reported for the Devils’ official blog. He said that Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, Redman, Wyclef Jean and Fetty Wap (all Jersey natives) performing. The Jonas Brothers, Halsey, John Travolta, Victor Cruz and the aforementioned Ice-T were also involved in the event. They all hail from the Garden State as well.
Subban was a presenter for the event and he and Vonn told the crowd that he is training hard, looking to bring the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey.
Surely, this is the kind of thing the team was looking for when they acquired PK. He brings crossover notoriety to the team and is as at ease in a setting like the VMAs as he is on the ice.
In other, more sports-related news, Martin Brodeur, in an interview with Amanda Stein of the Devils’ website, announced his new golf tournament, the MB30 Invitational. It will take place on September 3 at the Plainfield Country Club and will feature a lot of the Devils’ sponsors and other VIPs.
Marty, an avid golfer, has invited some former and current players including John Madden, who Marty said is a great golfer, Colin White, Jim McKenzie, Bobby Holik, Scott Gomez, Bobby Carpenter, Petr Sykora, Cory Schneider, Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen and John Hynes. A total of 18 Devils past and present will be there, in addition to former New York Giant Michael Strahan and even a few PGA pros.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Devils Care Foundation to raise money. Devils Care helps New Jersey youth through education and health programs.
Marty told Stein that this will be one of the first events over the year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 2000 Stanley Cup championship.
In one final note that is hockey related, former Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy has decided to call it quits, retiring from the NHL. He announced the retirement to the fans via Twitter this week. Congrats to Lovejoy on a fine NHL career and best of luck to whatever is next for him.