By Jeff O’Connor
This will be a recurring feature throughout the regular season (and hopefully postseason as well). One of the great things about New Jersey Devils fans is that they get very creative with their jerseys. Whether it’s a personalized one or an old-school Devils player, NJ fans sport some great threads at the Prudential Center. Let’s take a look at some of the ones we saw during Friday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
A classic phrase amongst Devils fans. This was a phrase often uttered about Devils GM Lou Lamoriello in the late 90s and early 2000s. Every decision he made; signings, trades or simply letting players walk turned into gold. Unfortunately, he hasn’t looked as genius over the last decade or so with players like Brian Rafalski, Zach Parise and others walking out the door, while others he signed to big deals ended up under producing (Rolston, Tallinder, etc.). However, he redeemed himself in my eyes last season with what turned out to be brilliant acquisitions in Marek Zidlicky, Ryan Carter and Steve Bernier.
I think most Devils fans would agree with me that one of the best things about a home game is the on-ice Score-O contest between the second and third period. Pictured above is Ryan Spatz of Manalapan, NJ. He won the contest in 2010. I still love the way they used to run the contest over at Continental Airlines Arena. Several contestants shot a pair of times from center ice; if you make it through the designated hole in the net, you got to come back for the final home game of the regular season. All those entrants competed in a timed session where you had to score as many times as you could from the blue line into an open net for 30 seconds. They would narrow it down to two people, who then duked it out to win the car (of whoever sponsored it that year). That’s one thing I always looked forward to during the last home game of the season. Ahh…part of me still misses East Rutherford.
Woah! Barry Tallackson?!? That folks…is a dedicated fan. That guy only played 20 games in four seasons for the Devils, from 2005-2009. Quick side note…Barry is only 29-years old. Really? Granted, it wasn’t just an ordinary Tallackson jersey. It was one of the ones the Devils, I believe, auctioned off from Ken Daneyko’s jersey retirement ceremony. So it had the small, white number “3″ on both of the shoulders, as well as the black “JM” patch on the chest for late Devils owner Dr. John J. McMullen. Well done, sir.
Ok, there is so much type on this one it was hard to get all of it into the picture I took. Yes…in case you can’t make it out…that reads “Lithuanian Love Machine”. Wow. Clearly, this young lady has a passion for forward Dainuis Zubrus. I could see someone wearing a customized jersey like “Hot Henrique” or something like that, since he is quite often adored by the female fans. And of all Devils to choose, I figured most female Devils fans would be more apt to like younger Devils (i.e. Josefson, Tedenby) or some of the bigger stars (Brodeur, Kovalchuk). She is also dedicated considering Zubes is married and has two kids. Well, three if you count Stefan Matteau. And a jersey taking up two lines of text? We’ve seen other fans, like the 233 Crazies, who have three numbers on the back of their jersey, to represent what section they sit in. I can’t recall seeing that many characters on a jersey before Friday. Extremely unique threads from this woman. I think I’m going to deem my section of 116, “Henrique’s Heartthrobs”.
Jerseys At The Rock is a regular feature on DevilsInsiders.com. See a quirky/funny/great jersey at The Rock (or anywhere)? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature it (as well as credit you) on our site!