We are on the verge of losing the puck in the 2021-22 NHL season. The Devils’ season kicks off Friday, Oct. 15 in Newark against the Chicago Blackhawks.
As Garden State fans anticipate opening night, the Devils have officially released their themed night schedule.
For longtime Devils fans, perhaps the game you’ve been looking forward to the most is the night they honor Travis Zajac’s career and recognize his 1,000th game with the team.
With their new motto, “Hockey is for everyone,” the Devils have been at the forefront of inclusion in the sport, and this year is no different. They will host Disability Night, Pride Night, Black History Celebration and Gender Equality Night.
See the full list provided by The Devils below. If any of these games catches your eye, you can purchase tickets here.
Home opening presented by Prudential
Fans in attendance will receive a PixMob bracelet courtesy of Prudential. If you arrive early, you can catch a special pre-game show featuring a giveaway item.
Video games night
Video game and in-bowl esports features will take place throughout the evening.
Hockey fights cancer
The annual Devils Hockey Fights Cancer Party, in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, will help raise funds to fight cancer.
People with Disabilities
The Devils will partner with local organizations to celebrate and honor local sledge hockey players and specials during the game.
“Star Wars” night
The first 9,000 fans will receive a Star wars winter hat. There will also be people dressed as Star wars characters in the lobby, accompanied by a musical theme and appropriate game presentation elements. I do not know anything about it Star wars so draw your own conclusions.
Celebrate the pride and the LGBTQ + community in New Jersey. Fans will have the opportunity to get involved and support the cause with fundraising activities and more. I’m sure there will be some very colorful (and trendy!) Products available as well.
Celebrating Black History
Celebrate Black History Month with special in-game features, exclusive content and fundraising activities.
Youth Hockey Day
Presented by RWJBarnabas Health, the entire game will be dedicated to young hockey players. And the icing on the cake: the first 9,000 fans present will receive a Jack Hughes Bobblehead.
Gender equality night
The Devils will highlight the importance of gender inclusion in the sport of hockey and within the organization, building on initiatives led by the NHL.
Recognition of the 1000th game of Zajac
Right after signing his one-day deal with the Devils before retiring, Travis Zajac will be honored for his NHL career and for having played over 1,000 NHL games as a Devil (1,024 per be exact).
St. Patrick’s Day celebration
The Devils and Ducks will play the entire Guinness game drunk. I laugh. But The Rock WILL BE decked out in green, and the first 9,000 fans in attendance will receive a Mackenzie Blackwood bobblehead courtesy of Investors Bank.
Military Appreciation Night
Presented by Prudential, the first 9,000 fans in attendance will receive a military-inspired hat and there will be tributes during the game and causes to donate to.
This weekend’s two games will all be Nickelodeon all the time. There will be tons of games and activities in the lobby. There will be exclusive activities for all ages. We do not yet know if there will be Slime.
‘Top Gun’ evening
The first 9,000 fans present will receive a Top Gun Bobblehead courtesy of MSG Networks. There will also be a “Top Gun in-game takeover “in anticipation of the release of Top Gun 2.
Fan Appreciation Night
This one is all about you, the fan. There will be in-game prizes, activities and more to celebrate the end of the 2021-22 regular season. Presented by M & M’s