|The Geico Gecko, N.J. Devil and Mr. Sawdust, from Alstede Farms, pause for a moment and pose for a photo. The mascots welcomed kids to the game, took photos and made sure children were having a good time. Photo by Courtney Gfroerer
The New Jersey Devils hosted a Kids Day at Prudential Center Saturday during their game against the Carolina Hurricanes as part of Hockey Weekend Across America. Children in attendance received Devils wallets and were treated to activities in the Little Devils zone for fun before the game.
N.J. Devil brought friends along, enlisting the help of the Geico Gecko and Alstede Farms’ Mr. Sawdust to help entertain and welcome kids to the game. The mascots also took photos with kids between periods, and helped with the t-shirt toss late in the game, allowing N.J. to spread the fun.
Kids wearing their youth hockey jerseys were featured on the scoreboard throughout the game, and fans had the chance to get a special edition game program with a cover designed by a 12-year-old fan from Allentown, PA, featuring Cory Schneider making a save.
|A special edition for Kids Day, the Devils' game program featured a cover drawn by a fan. The illustration was provided by a 12-year-old Devils fan from Allentown, PA. Photo by Courtney Gfroerer |
By the Little Devils space, kids crowded the area, taking the chance to get their faces painted, spin a prize wheel, play NHL ‘15 on Xbox Ones and more. One lucky kid who signed up for a free “rookie” Little Devils membership was upgraded in-game to an “All-Star” membership, which includes a Devils cap, game program, birthday card and access to special invite-only events.
Kids Day was part of the Devils’ celebration of Hockey Weekend Across America. HWAA is a USA Hockey initiative that includes Try Hockey For Free programs—there were 12 in New Jersey— as well as other celebrations of hockey around the country. During its national NHL game broadcast on Sunday, NBC will feature stories on the impact of hockey in the United States, as well as mark the 35th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, when Team USA beat Team USSR in the medal round at the 1980 Winter Olympics.