Diehard Devils fans lined up around the building more than an hour before the start of Wednesday's 3-on-3 tournament at RWJ Barnabus Health Hockey House. They piled into stands at the Devils practice facility and community rink and brought the energy.
2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes was already impressed with the Devils fanbase, having seen videos of the draft watch party back at the end of June - when thousands of fans cheered his selection. Add in today's festivities and Hughes is over the moon that he'll get to play for this group of loyal supporters.
"I love Jersey already," he said. "It's a diehard fanbase, a lot of jerseys out there today. I think every fan was wearing a jersey pretty much, so it's a lot of fun. The fans here are awesome."
Hughes' squad won the 3-on-3 tournament. He has a message for all the fans who watched.
"I'm just really excited to play here for a lot of years… I'm really excited to get going."