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 in the last week or so.
First ever Ryan Carter jersey I have ever seen at The Rock! Man, he has been a great addition. When he first came to NJ last year, he didn’t wow anyone, but I said to my friend, “He’s got size and he’s actually a good skater.” He was a huge upgrade to the prior goons on the bottom lines. He turned out to be more than probably any of us thought he could be. How many big goals did he have in the playoffs last year? Everyone remembers the big goals in Game Five and Game Six against the Rangers but one that might get lost in the shuffle is his tally in Game One against the Panthers. That put the Devils up 3-0; they had to hold onto that game by a 3-2 mark. Turned out to be a biggie.
Patrik Sundstrom! He was actually a pretty nice find for the Devils in the late 80s and early 90s. Lou Lamoriello came to the Devils in April of 1987. Sundstrom was traded to NJ in September of that year, as one of his first moves. He played five seasons with NJ. In four of them, he had at least 15 goals. including 27 and 28 in back-to-back seasons. In that first year, he was a key cog in the Devils making the playoffs for the first time in their history. He was even better come playoff time. He recorded 20 points in 18 postseason games as the team went all the way to Game Seven of the Conference Finals against the Bruins. In fact, he was pretty vital in getting them INTO their first postseason. Sundstrom assisted on the game-tying goal on the final day of the 1987-88 regular season against the Blackhawks. Everyone remembers John MacLean’s OT winner to clinch the playoff berth. I think most everybody knows that the original shot was taken by defenseman Joe Cirella. But guess who made that touch pass over to Cirella? Sundstrom. He was only around for a few years, but what a solid Devil!
Don’t care that it’s an Albany jersey. Rob. Frickin’. Skrlac. He played eight games for the Devils in 2003-04. A lot of the diehards know he scored one goal. It was a game-winner against the Thrashers on December 18, 2003. If I remember, Chico freaked out about it. Mostly though, he was known for his fights in his short time with the big club. Here’s one of them.
Oh nooooooooooo. This poor kid! He went out and spent money on that nameplate and now he’s gone!! That really sucks. Thankfully, he did tell me it used to be a Parise jersey, so it’s not like he went out and forked up $200 for a Bobby Butler jersey. It’s too bad they couldn’t make him fit. If this was an 82-game season, I bet he would have hung around longer. However, impatience wins over in a short season. Best of luck to him Smashville. We’ll always have Pittsburgh, Bobby. Always.
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