Have a Devil-ish Good Time in New Jersey This Hockey Season
Ready for some hot times on the ice this season in
the Garden State? Head down to Newark and take in a Devils game! If you're going down to watch the Devils, here's what you
need to know before you depart!
The fans who trek to Newark and get their New Jersey Devils parking
passes will end up seeing some of the best hockey out there - mainly among opponents from the Devils' own Metropolitan Division.
This branch of the NHL boasts some of the league's most memorable, successful and marketable franchises. The Devils will face
off against their long-time area rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, along with other perennial contenders,
like the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Metropolitan Division also features up-and-coming squads, like
the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders.
This current Devils team
is young, very talented and just a few seasons off of a Stanley Cup Finals berth. Garden Staters headed out to get their New
Jersey Devils parking passes are guaranteed to see an exciting, dynamic team - starting right up at the top with centers Jacob
Josefson and Travis Zajac and wingers Ryan Carter, Ryane Clowe and Steve Bernier. Right in the mix with these youngsters are
some extraordinarily talented veterans, including the legendary Jaromir Jagr and the Devils' fearsome long-time scorer, Patrik
Elias. There is a lot of talent on defense, too, as the Devils have Bryce Salvador, Anton Volchenkov and Eric Gelinas to back
up the play. Of course, in goal, New Jersey features the still-great Martin Brodeur, with former Canuck Cory Schneider there
to step in whenever the great Brodeur finally decides to hang 'em up.
Like a lot of great teams in
the NHL, the Devils began elsewhere. They started their life as the Kansas City Scouts, then played as the Colorado Rockies
(yeah, like the baseball team) before finding their way to the land of Tony Soprano and Bruce Springsteen in 1982. Once they
got to Jersey, they eventually established themselves as a steady contender through the leadership of GM Lou Lamoriello, who
built the franchise into a perennial contender. By the 1990s, they were one of the best teams in the league. Their 1994 season
famously ended in heartbreak against their archrival New York Rangers, but one year later, those who had bought New Jersey
Devils parking passes saw their team win their first Stanley Cup in a four-game sweep over the Detroit Red Wings. They would
win another cup in 1999 and a third in 2003, while losing a seven-game series to the Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals in
2001. After that, the Devils fell back to the pack until a surprising 2011-2012 team went back to the Finals, losing in six
games to the Los Angeles Kings.
New Jersey's greatest player is undoubtedly the great Martin
Brodeur, the Devils' backstop for over 20 marvelous seasons. Brodeur is one of the greatest players in the history of the
league, and one of its most brilliant goaltenders. The team has boasted great defensemen throughout its history, like the
great Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, and a stable of talented forwards, including John MacLean, Jason Arnott, Patrik
Elias, Brendan Shanahan, Petr Sykora and Scott Gomez.
Finally, here's some trivia for you Devil-goers.
What "Seinfeld" character was a famous Devils fan? What city do the Devils play their home games in? What coach's famous garbage-can
kicking tirade propelled the Devils to a Stanley Cup victory? Who is the team's all-time leading scorer?
Puddy, Newark, Larry Robinson, Patrick Elias