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#MikeyStrong/WFAN Boomer & Carton Game Huge Success

Third Annual #MikeyStrong/Reeve Foundation Charity Game Raises Awareness for Spinal Cord Research

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS / newjerseydevils.com

The ice hockey community is truly a unique one. Among its greatest traits is its innate ability to rally, rise up and take care of its own. Unassuming, unselfish and without question, when called upon there is perhaps no greater family on earth. 

In January of 2014, Mike Nichols, a senior forward on the Monroe Township ice hockey team, suffered a debilitating neck injury when he fractured his C-5 vertebrae in a high school ice hockey game in New Jersey. Despite being unable to lace 'em up and take to the ice, his spirit, his passion and love for the game has not wavered. He is #MikeyStrong, a reluctant ambassador of the game, a voice and a symbol of hope for hundreds afflicted with spinal cord injuries. 

In the quest to find a cure, Nichols' story has transcended borders, reaching further than anyone could have imagined -- all thanks to the overwhelming support from a hockey community that continues to support him -- and his cause -- unconditionally. 

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Devils Sign D Yaroslav Dyblenko to entry-level deal

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed defenseman Yaroslav Dyblenko to a two-year, entry-level contract. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

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Five Keys: Albany Devils 2017 Playoffs Begin April 20

The Devils will look to familiar faces and past experiences during AHL playoff run

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Many members of the New Jersey Devils have started their offseason workouts but meanwhile in Albany, the club's AHL affiliate is gearing up for another deep run in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Last season, Coach Rick Kowalsky's crew surprised the AHL before falling to the Toronto Marlies in the final minutes of Game 7 of the AHL North Division Final, earning the Albany Devils bench boss the AHL Coach of the Year Award. This year the Devils will return to the playoffs for a matchup with the Marlies in the first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. All Calder Cup Playoff games in the first round for the Albany Devils will be on The One Jersey Network. Here are the five keys to a successful playoff trip:

1.) The Cavalry Returns

The New Jersey Devils put a very high focus on getting their youngsters experience this season which should help pay dividends in Albany. Fourteen members of Albany's playoff squad will have appeared in an NHL game this season, combining for 55 points (22g-33a) in 281 games played. Miles Wood led the way with 17 points (8g-9a) in 60 games played. Steve Santini is expected to be the backbone of the blueline after 38 games in the NHL this season. 

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Elias to play in Mikey Nichols Charity Hockey Game

Check out the former NHLers who will skate in the Mikey Strong Charity Game

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

WFAN and the Prudential Center will co-host the Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game on April 21 at Prudential Center. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, hosts of the top-rated "Boomer & Carton" morning show on CBS RADIO's WFAN-AM/FM and simulcast on CBS Sports Network, will host and serve as team captains for the game, in hopes of raising money to benefit spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives.

Proceeds from the game will go to the Nichols Family Trust to provide for Mike's medical needs, as well as the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Recap last year's #MikeyStrong Charity Game with @WFAN and @BoomerAndCarton! @PruCenter hosts the event on 4/21. https://t.co/iWTCY5VosS pic.twitter.com/gsw0aZmDm5

General Admission tickets cost $20 and are on-sale now with corporate sponsorship and VIP packages also available. All attendees will receive a ticket voucher from the New Jersey Devils and the first 5,000 attendees to arrive on game day will receive a voucher from the New York Yankees. Each voucher will be valid for two (2) complimentary tickets to select games during the 2017 season.

A star-studded lineup full of NHLers and more will participate in the charity game. Below is the list of former members of Jersey's Team who will participate on April 21:

Patrik Elias: Fresh off #PattysLastLap, Patrik Elias will lace up the skates once more at Prudential Center. Elias will become the fifth member in Devils history to have his number retired by the organization, exiting the game as the franchise-leader in points, goals and assists. 

Grant Marshall: Former first round pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Grant Marshall will participate in his third Mikey Strong Charity Game this season. Marshall has built a strong bond with Nichols over the years. Marshall suffered a broken neck playing hockey in 1990 and experienced temporary paralysis before making a full recovery. As an NHLer, Grant Marshall won the Stanley Cup twice, once in Dallas (1999) and New Jersey (2003). 

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Recap the Devils 2017 Breakup Day

Hear from the Devils for the final time before the team enters the offseason

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

All-Access: Ray Shero

Devils All-Access: Ray Shero

Julie Robenhymer sits down with Ray Shero for an All-Access interview following Devils Breakup Day 2017

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Hear from the Devils at Prudential Center for the final time in 2016-17 as the team enters the offseason.

Video: NJD Breakup Day 2017: Coach John Hynes

 Video: NJD Breakup Day 2017: Andy Greene

Video: NJD Breakup Day 2017: GM Ray Shero

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Winner announced for "Newark's Cornerstones" program

Prudential Financial, Prudential Center and New Jersey Devils announce Sister June Favata as grand prize recipient of "Newark's Cornerstones" program at last home game of the season

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com

NEWARK, N.J. - Prudential Financial, Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils have announced the winner of the "Newark's Cornerstones" program during the last home game of the Devil's season. Sister June Favata was one of the eight finalists who garnered the most votes for her community service efforts and contributions in the Brick City. Nominations for the program were accepted between October 2016 and February 2017, with the voting period taking place in March 2017. As the grand prize recipient, she received two tickets to Prudential Center events, including Devils games, for one year between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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Devils fall in season finale to Red Wings

John Moore scores lone Devils goal in 4-1 loss: Three things we learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

4/9 Postgame: DET downs NJD

4/9 Postgame: Devils fall to Wings in finale

Hear from the Devils following the club's 4-1 defeat in their season finale vs. the Detroit Red Wings

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The Devils lost their final game of the 2016-17 season, 4-1, to Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. John Moore had the lone goal. Here's what we learned: 

1) The past few games, Taylor Hall has been getting some minutes on the penalty kill, which isn't typically part of his game. Head coach John Hynes said it's been an opportunity to see if it's a potential area of growth for him. He played 1:20 on the PK on Sunday.

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4/9 Pregame Notes: Devils at Red Wings

New Jersey Devils (28-39-14) at Detroit Red Wings (32-36-13) • 5PM ET • Joe Louis Arena • MSG+2 • TOJN

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com

DEVILS VS. RED WINGS

Tonight is the New Jersey Devils final game of 2016-17. The Devils are 16-14-3 all-time in season-closing games and are 11-17-5 in final road games. Tonight also closes New Jersey's 18th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The club is 5-9-4 in first games and is 7-6-4 in second games of back-to-backs.

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PHOTOS: The Road to #PattysLastLap

Check out this photo journal of Patrik Elias' day leading up to #PattysLastLap.

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

It's been an emotional Saturday for members of the Devils Family. Tonight, the club said goodbye to one of their greats, Patrik Elias. Elias skated #PattysLastLap, a final farewell to the fans during tonight's warmups. There wasn't a dry-eye in Prudential Center when Patrik was surprised by his wife, Petra, and two daughters, Sophia and Kaila, for tonight's puck drop. Former teammate and current Islander Stephen Gionta represented the Islanders for the ceremony. It was a fitting tribute to an outstanding career for the Devils' all-time leader in goals, points and assists. Check out all the behind-the-scenes action, starting from the Elias household up to his final moments on the ice. 

 

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4/8 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Islanders

New Jersey Devils (28-38-14) vs. New York Islanders (39-29-12) 6PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG • TOJN

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com

DEVILS VS. ISLANDERS

Tonight is the fourth and final game between New Jersey and the NY Islanders this season. The Devils trail the season-series 1-2-0, but won the only game played thus far at Prudential Center (3-2, Feb. 18). The Devils were win-less at Barclays Center this season; falling, 4-6, on Feb. 19 and most recently, 1-2, on Mar. 31. New Jersey has not defeated the Islanders at Barclays Center since the club changed arenas in 2015-16 (0-5-1).

It is also New Jersey's final home game of 2016-17. The club is 21-9-3 in home-closers and is 16-14-3 overall in season-closing games. Tonight opens the Devils' 18th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils will end their 2016-17 season tomorrow at Joe Louis Arena (5PM). The club is 5-8-4 in first games and is 7-6-4 in second games of back-to-back contests. 

Tonight also marks the Devils final game against a Metropolitan Division opponent this season. The Devils are 11-15-3 vs. the Metro Division and are 18-27-7 overall against the Eastern Conference.

Travis Zajac's 34pts (12g-22a) vs. NYI is the most he has against any other opponent (tie, also vs. Phi.).

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