Devils rock first Draft Party in Newark

Friday, 06.20.2008 / 10:02 PM / Features
By Anthony Oliva
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Devils rock first Draft Party in Newark
Before he announced New Jersey's pick, Devils President, CEO, and General Manager Lou Lamoriello thanked all the fans in attendance at Prudential Center.
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newjerseydevils.com – Prudential Center was abuzz during the 2008 Devils’ Draft Party, the first time the summer event was held in Newark.  More than 4,000 fans flocked to the arena, some as early as 9:30 am, eagerly anticipating the merchandise and equipment fire sale, always a popular feature of the Draft Party.

While many of the fans and hockey enthusiasts in attendance scoured the arena floor for an elusive bargain, throngs more waited in the concourse outside the Fire Lounge for an autograph or photo from Hall of Famer Scott Stevens, current Devils Sergei Brylin, Andy Greene, John Madden, and Rod Pelley, as well as assistant coach and all-time leading scorer in Devils history, John MacLean.  Devil Alumni Bruce Driver, Grant Marshall and Rob Skrlac appeared at the autograph tables later in the evening and mingled with the Devils Legionnaires.

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The Draft Party, hosted by Devils radio personalities Matt Loughlin and Sherry Ross, featured an array of fan-friendly activities, including air hockey, bubble hockey, and the latest NHL game on 3 X-Box consoles.  The Devils grassroots team even cordoned off a section of the floor to create a street hockey rink.  Kids chased orange pucks and balls across the arena, trying to score on each other, and occasionally, NJ Devil and his two guests, Devil Dawg and Scorch, mascots from Lowell and Trenton, respectively.  Eventually, Greene and Pelley got in on the action themselves, and showed the kids a few pointers.

Several fortunate members of the Devils Legion got to walk away winners at the end of the night, with seven signed sticks up for grabs in a raffle.  Devils mainstays Madden, Martin Brodeur, and Patrik Elias, along with captain Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each left their John Hancock on a stick for a lucky fan to take home.  Two grand prizes featured the signatures of the entire 2007-08 roster.

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Throughout the night, emcees Loughlin and Ross interviewed the various Devils personalities.  They discussed draft day experiences with Stevens and Pelley. Madden shared his thoughts on going undrafted, and still “living a dream” by playing collegiate hockey.  Marshall explained that his fondness for New Jersey and the organization led him to become the latest addition to the Devils Alumni.  The event was capped off by a phone interview conducted by Matt Loughlin with the newest Devil, Swedish forward Mattias Tedenby, chosen 24th overall.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51