As the New Jersey Devils’ preseason gets underway, here’s a complete list of their theme nights and promotions for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Most of the blurbs underneath are taken directly from the Devils’ website. (And I apologize for not being as active as normal and for lacking preseason coverage; my family is in the midst of a move and my senior year of college is kicking my butt).
Don’t forget to check out a list of games that (I think) you should circle on your calendars.
10/7 – Opening Night (vs. the Avalanche at 2PM)
There will a Devils Red Carpet, on which the players and coaches will arrive, beginning at 11AM. Fans usually get a chance to secure autographs and photos on the Carpet. Fans will also receive a commemoratory 35th Anniversary Patch to represent the team’s 35-year anniversary in New Jersey.
11/9 – First Annual WWE Night (vs. the Oilers at 7PM)
World Wrestling Entertainment will take over The Rock with an immersive wresting experience for fans all night, including special appearances by WWE personalities on the concourse, a one-of-a-kind opening video moment, musical tributes and in-game features highlighting past and current WWE Superstars. Special ticket packages will be made available and include a unique WWE-Devils t-shirt.
11/11 – Military Appreciation Night (vs. the Panthers at 7PM)
On this highly anticipated night, the Devils will honor America’s heroes with a Veterans Day game recognizing local retired and current military personnel throughout the night. The team will wear military-themed warm-up jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game to help raise funds of military charities.
11/24 – Hockey Fights Cancer (vs. the Canucks at 7PM)
Prudential Center and the Devils will support the National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association’s annual Cancer Awareness Month initiative with a variety of pregame, in-game and concourse activities throughout the evening, including HFC merchandise for purchase, to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Devils players will wear special lavender warm-up jerseys that will be auctioned off in support of the Valerie Fund.
12/8 – Third Annual Star Wars Night (vs. the Blue Jackets at 7PM)
The Force will be strong this season when the Devils Star Wars experience returns to The Rock featuring dozens of characters on the concourse, theme music and in-game graphics. Special ticket packages will be made available and include an exclusive Star Wars-Devils t-shirt.
12/29 – Martin Brodeur Commemorative Stick Giveaway Night (vs. the Sabres at 7PM)
1/13 – Glenn “Chico” Resch Commemorative Stick Giveaway Night (vs. the Flyers at 7PM)
1/25 – Rock The Rock Night (vs. the Predators at 7PM)
Presented by the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, which opens to the public on October 20, the night will celebrate all things rock, from doors open to the final horn. Special ticket packages will be made available and include a unique Devils Rock t-shirt.
2/1 – Pride Night (vs. the Flyers at 7PM)
The Devils kick off “Hockey is for Everyone” Month with the second annual Devils Pride Night. Exclusive Devils Pride t-shirts will be on sale throughout the night with a portion of proceeds benefiting LGBTQ non-profit organizations.
(On a side note: I’m really looking forward to Pride Night; the Devils did a great job last year.)
2/11 – Kyle Palmieri mini-bobblehead giveaway (vs. the Bruins at 7PM)
2/24 – Patrik Elias Jersey Retirement Ceremony (vs. the Islanders at 7PM)
3/4 – Brian Boyle mini-bobblehead giveaway (vs. the Golden Knights at 5PM)
3/24 – Marcus Johansson mini-bobblehead giveaway (vs. the Lightning at 7PM)
Keep in mind that all giveaways listed are for the first 9,000 fans in attendance at The Rock. Tickets for individual games can be purchased via newjerseydevils.com/tickets.