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BLOG: Hughes Likes What He Sees From Devils Fans

'I love Jersey already'

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

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.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Hughes Is HereJune 21, 2019 > July 10, 2019

"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."

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