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Devils go retro; Brodeur to wear special mask

Tuesday, 03.16.2010 / 5:15 PM / NHL Insider

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Devils go retro; Brodeur to wear special mask
The New Jersey Devils will wear their original red, white and green uniforms on St. Patrick's Day against the Pens, and Martin Brodeur will don his first NHL mask too.Devils, Brodeur go retro by wearing green
The New Jersey Devils are going green for St. Patrick's Day.

The Devils will be wearing their throwback red, white and green jerseys Wednesday when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center in the sixth and final meeting of the season against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

It will be the first time since the end of the 1991-92 season that the Devils will wear their original colors.

In addition to the retro jerseys, goalie Martin Brodeur also will be wearing a replica of the mask he donned in his first NHL game on March 26, 1992. He also had Sherwood create special red sticks, similar to the ones he used in that first game.

Brodeur is looking forward to wearing the replica mask. He feels it's going to be quite a sight for the fans in attendance. The veteran goalie is the only current Devil to have worn the red, white and green.

"It's to recognize the team history, but for our fans, you go through the years with everybody else having a third jersey and we always stayed with our two and never really moved," Brodeur told Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. "We're not really changing much, but we're just going back to what we used to wear before.

"None of these guys did it, but I think it's cool," he added. "I know a lot of people have been talking about it. I know our fans are excited about that. I asked my son, 'Are you going to come to see the game with the retro jerseys?' and he goes, 'I've been waiting for this for so long. For sure, I'm going to come.' It's just a fun thing to do."

Heck, don't be surprised if Devils coach Jacques Lemaire even gets in on the act.

"Maybe I'll wear a green toque," Lemaire quipped following his team's 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Monday. "I'll try and get a green hat."
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