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Earlier tonight I attended the annual Devils Booster Club Awards Banquet (it didn’t hurt that the venue was exactly a 3 minute car ride from my house, either). A little earlier than normal like last year (thanks to the hectic season ending schedule), but always a fun night with the team. Now let’s get on with the awards, shall we?
First, the Bowlathon awards (from way back in December):
Players High Score: Scott Parse (167; sadly Keith Kinkaid was informed that he could not rig another perfect game to get the trophy)
Players Best Effort (otherwise known as lowest score): Eric Gelinas (we’ll say below 100)
Next, the Acknowledgment of Achievements:
Goal Scoring Leader: Joe Whitney (21)
Assist Leader: Matt Anderson (25)
Game Winning Goal Leader: Joe Whitney (4)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: Jacob Josefson (2)
Power Play Goal Leader: Joe Whitney (4)
First AHL Goal: Harri Pesonen, Corbin McPherson, Raman Hrabarenka, Kelly Zajac
Wendy’s Chili Goals (to explain: if the Devils score 3 goals during a home game, everyone gets a free cup of Wendy’s Chili the next day): Matt Anderson, Chad Wiseman, Tim Sestito, Jacob Josefson, Eric Gelinas; Joe Whitney & Mike Sislo crowned co-Chili Champions for having 2 apiece
Third Star of the Year: Jeff Frazee
Second Star of the Year: Keith Kinkaid
First Star of the Year: Joe Whitney
(determined by how many times a player earned a star of the game)
Booster Club-voted Awards:
Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Anderson
Defensive Player of the Year: Dan Kelly
Most Electrifying Player: Darcy Zajac
Unsung Hero: Harri Pesonen
Fan Favorite: Keith Kinkaid
Most Improved Player: Corbin McPherson
John Cunniff Memorial Award: Chris McKelvie
As for a few highlights:
Sunday was my annual excursion to the Prudential Center to see the parent Devils play Winnipeg. As a season ticket holder here, one of our perks is a free ticket to a selected NJ game (since the big club owns the AHL club, they can do that). This was my third time at The Rock, and this year I did something different: instead of taking a bus the Booster Club provided, I decided to make the drive myself and take the train to Newark, as quite a few others do. Since I do it when I go to Yankee games, why not try it for a Devils game? Now to review my day as a “callup” so to speak:
-Fun game to play while you’re driving down Route 17 towards Route 3 and the Meadowlands: how many Dunkin Donuts can you pass? We lost count after 10.
-My first experience on NJ Transit. Similar to the Metro North in New York City but with double decker cars. Pretty fair price (8 dollar round trip from Secaucus Junction to Newark Penn) considering the alternative ($20 to park 2 blocks from the arena and get stuck in postgame traffic…um I’ll pass).
-For those who have never been to downtown Newark…one word to describe it? Ghetto. Just walk one block or so away from The Rock and you’ll turn right back around.
-Pregame meal? Good luck finding a table at a restaurant without having to wait at least an hour. Thank God for the Dinosaur BBQ takeout counter. Didn’t suck having a pregame picnic at Championship Plaza.
As far as the actual game:
-The two referees from the game? Both former AHL refs, Francis Charron and Mike Leggo. Saw them both during the River Rats days. And they’re apparently still just as bad as back in the day.
-Number of Zajac brothers I’ve seen score this season? 3. Now to get to Colorado and complete the family hat trick (plus 1).
-So is Krys Barch just there for the occasional entertainment if the first period is boring? Just wondering. At least Cam is getting actual ice time down here.
-You know it was a long day for the parent club when the postgame fireworks show outside seemed to get more applause…and those that came down from Albany were wishing they went to Atlantic City instead.
Despite the loss, I had a great time. Just being in and around a major league enviroment is always fun for me. Especially when you look out onto the ice and see players you’ve met, supported, and befriended over the years as they were getting their careers started.
And now for a few more photos…