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Zach Parise leads first day of player season ticket drops

Thursday, 09.9.2010 / 5:19 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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A surprise visit from Zach Parise turned an ordinary work day into an office celebration.

On Thursday, Parise visited Muller Insurance in Hoboken to personally deliver season tickets to longtime seat holder Roger Muller. Devils players will make more than 20 ticket drop-offs this month as part of the Frozen Over rewards program for early account renewals. 

“It turned out good,” Parise said. “It was obvious all the excitement on their faces when we walked in. Clearly they were some pretty dedicated Devils fans, they’ve been ticket holders for 20 years. It’s good that we’re able to do things in the community like this for ticket holders like that. They really appreciated it.”

Muller, an avid men’s league hockey player, has held Devils season tickets since 1990 when he sat in section 121 at the Meadowlands. Appropriately enough, he was a big fan of “Captain” Kirk Muller, who wore the No. 9 that Parise wears today.

“I was hoping you’d be coming because you’re my favorite player,” Muller told Parise, who presented him with an authentic Devils “MULLER” jersey customized with No. 1.

Muller Insurance is a family affair, having been founded in 1906 by Muller’s grandfather, John. His father, R. John Muller, has been a fixture there since 1948. Sister, Erika, joined the company in 1986.

“It’s exciting to have one of the best players on the Devils and one of the best players in the League walk in,” Muller said. “I’ve been talking to a lot of people to get more support for the Devils in Hoboken because we’re only eight miles away [from Prudential Center]. It’s convenient, there’s some really good pricing plans and it’s a lot of fun going there.”

Muller’s favorite Devils memory is the sweep of Detroit in the 1995 Stanley Cup Final, and the basement of the company’s offices features a photo montage of past and present Devils players. Muller will have his fingers crossed for a Parise goal when the Devils open the regular season against Dallas on Friday, Oct. 8.

But he has even bigger hopes for Parise down the road.

“Hopefully some day I’ll see this guy in the Hall of Fame,” Muller said. “I think he’s got another 15 years or so.”

Other players making deliveries Thursday included Jason Arnott, Matt Corrente and Dainius Zubrus.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59