NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique remembers sitting in the stands at Yankee Stadium with then-teammates Krys Barch and Tom Kostopoulos in mid-April. They were there to catch a ballgame, but the conversation turned to a major what-if.
"We were saying how cool it would be to play a game in there one day," Henrique told NHL.com. "Sure enough, the next day they announced it."
Well, not officially, because the NHL didn't release the details about the Devils' participation in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series until about a month later, but the news leaked into the media while Henrique and his ex-teammates were inside the ballpark in the Bronx.
As the details of the event came to light -- Jan. 26, 2014 against the New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC) -- Henrique started to grow more and more intrigued.
"We weren't sure if they were serious or not," Henrique said. "Once we found out it was a sure thing we just said, 'It's going to be awesome.'"