Devils Announce Theme Nights for 2019-20

The Devils today announced theme nights for the 2019-20 regular season. There are some old returning favorites and some new ones in the mix.

October 4 is opening night against the Winnipeg Jets. Fans in attendance will receive a light up bracelet (similar to the ones Flyers fans threw on the ice during the playoffs a few seasons ago, I would imagine). Let’s just hope things go well for the Devils here.

On Monday, October 14, the Devils will host the Florida Panthers in a 1 PM matinee. This will be Kids Day, a promotion done a few times last season that will return.

The Rangers come into Prudential Center on Thursday, October 17 that will be Thursday Night Hockey. Not really sure what differentiates Thursday night from the other four days of the week that they play hockey, but there you go.

Friday, November 15 is Military Appreciation Night. The first 9,000 fans in attendance will receive a camouflage Devils hat.

Saturday, November 23 sees the Detroit Red Wings come to town and the Devils hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night. The league-wide initiative continues for the 21st season.

On Friday, December 6, the Chicago Blackhawks will be the opponent as the Devils host their Star Wars Night. The first 9,000 fans will get a Jack Hughes Jedi bobblehead. The bobbleheads are always popular giveaways and this one should be no different.

Tuesday, January 7 is Retro Night against the Islanders. Most likely, the Devils’ red, white and green jerseys will be making an appearance.

Another Thursday Night Hockey comes to us on January 30 against the Nashville Predators.

Saturday, February 1 is a good one, as the Dallas Stars come to Newark to help the Devils celebrate 2000 Cup Night. The first 9,000 fans will be given a replica championship ring based on that of the 2000 champs. The Stars were, of course, the team the Devils defeated to take home the Stanley Cup twenty years prior in 2000.

Sunday, February 16 is WWE Night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The first 9,000 fans will receive a PK Subban “Subbanator” bobblehead. PK’s pro wrestling-style alter ego will be on display as a bobblehead that should be another big giveaway.

Yet another Thursday Night Hockey game comes to us on February 20 against the San Jose Sharks.

The Washington Capitals come to town on Saturday, February 22 at 1 PM in what is another Kids Day.

Video Games will be celebrated on Friday, March 5 when the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues come into Prudential Center. This seems like a good night to celebrate PK Subban’s close connection to the EA Sports NHL series, but also all video games both modern and retro.

Two more Thursday Night Hockey games come on March 12 against the Carolina Hurricanes and on March 19 against the Calgary Flames.

Another Kids Day will take place on Saturday, March 28 at 2 PM against the Flyers.

And finally, Thursday, April 2 will be Fan Appreciation Night against the Buffalo Sabres. Hopefully, the Devils will be looking at playoff hockey to really show appreciation to those who support them.

Devils to Honor Youth Hockey Tonight Versus Caps

The Devils put out a press release yesterday announcing that they “will host the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA)” tonight – January 18 – against the Washington Capitals.

The press release mentions that the program will get “in-game recognition and promotion of the organization, appearances on Devils media outlets, a special ticket offer for all AAHA members and a donation of the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle.”

They will also be honoring the “three winners of the 2018 Dr. John J. McMullen Service to New Jersey Hockey Award.” The three recipients are James Plunkett, Richard Foster and Dan May.

Plunkett “was the First Coach-in-Chief of the AAHA, served as AAHA Executive Vice President for five years, and started as a coach, referee and official.” He is a former coach of 1995 Stanley Cup champion and Brick, New Jersey-native Jim Dowd in his youth hockey career. According to the press release, “Plunkett still serves as Director Emeritus for the AAHA, with nearly 50 years of service.”

Foster “served as Vice President of Rules and Regulations for the AAHA for 20 years, Director Emeritus for 20 years and Commissioner of the AMHL’s Junior Programs for 25 years.” He, like Plunkett, is considered a “builder” and the release says that he was “a benefactor to Junior hockey during the 1980s and 90s, helping to support various programs.” He “has over 50 years of continued service to hockey.”

May, a coach at all levels for 40 years, including time at Bergen Catholic high school. He has been the “AYHL Vice President for the past 15 years, sat on the AAHA Board for 15 years and has positively impacted the lives of thousands of players, quietly, and with great integrity.” He currently serves as President of the New Jersey Avalanche and is a “former hockey Director of the NJ Devils Youth – helping many top players to collegiate, NHL and Minor Pro levels.”

The three men “will be joined by their family and friends in club suites at the game, participate in an in-game presentation during the first period, second TV timeout in front of the Dr. McMullen Ring of Honor Tribute Wall on the upper concourse and have a $1,000 scholarship endowed in each recipient’s name for a deserving hockey-playing student-athlete.”

The award is being resurrected this year and has been given “to an individual or individuals who have supported amateur hockey throughout the state.” The press release names former winners including Glenn “Chico” Resch, Bruce Driver, Max McNab, Dr. McMullen himself, Lou Lamoriello, and media members Glenn Hefferan and Mike Morreale as well as a host of “influential youth hockey coaches and officials.”

The Devils also said that they will acknowledge the New Jersey Devils Peewee Quebec Team during the national anthem. The team will be participants in the 59th Annual Peewee Quebec International Tournament. This is a very famous tournament featuring some of the best players in that age group in the world. The press release mentions that Ben Lovejoy, John Moore, Mirco Mueller, Kyle Palmieri, Steven Santini, Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha are the current Devils who have had the honor of participating in this tournament.

In an unrelated note, I would just like to mention that my hometown, Wall, New Jersey’s recreation department is running a bus trip to the Devils-Flyers game on Thursday, February 1 at Prudential Center. They are calling it the “Night With the New Jersey Devils.” The ad in the Coast Star newspaper said that the bus leaves at 4 PM for the 7 PM game from the Municipal Complex and to contact Liz Cellini at ecellini@townshipofwall.com to purchase tickets or if you have questions. For anyone living in the Wall Township area, this might be a cool thing to take advantage of, especially if you have not been to Prudential Center yet or just want to take in a good divisional rivalry game.