On February 14, the Devils announced the debut of the Local Ford Classic Devils Race in partnership with Ford local stores that would take place at the Devils home game on February 19. The race features three bighead racing characters, created in the likeness of Devils legends Ken Daneyko, Chico Resch and Patrik Elias will compete in a 250-foot on-ice race during the second intermission of Devils home games.
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Throughout the week leading up to Tuesday, February 19, the Devils teased the event that would debut during 90's Night at Prudential Center.
Before Tuesday's Devils home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the mascots were unveiled before they would make their first on-ice race at the Rock.
"These beloved players have demonstrated strength, grit and power-the very same attributes our Ford vehicles represent," said John Billard, Chairman of the Tri-State Ford Dealers Association "We're proud to sponsor the Devils community on this first alumni matchup."
During Tuesday's game, when it came time for the big head characters to race on Prudential Center's main ice, it was Dano who took the first race of the year against Patty and Chico.
Devils alumni Chico Resch and Ken Daneyko were able to see their characters in person prior to the big unveil.
The Chico character is inspired by the likeness and career of legendary goaltender, beloved broadcaster and original 1982 Devil, Glenn Resch, "Chico" is a man of integrity. Not known for his speed, but his wit. The prankster of the group is also a food aficionado who may occasionally be distracted from the "Local Ford Classic Devils Race" by snacks. "Chico" stands 9'4" tall, in dramatic contrast to the 5'9" and 165-pound Resch.
The Dano character is inspired by the likeness and career of franchise's all-time leader in games played, Ken Daneyko, "Dano" spent 18 years of his NHL career as a Devil. The strength and grit he displayed throughout his career will be key attributes to success in the "Local Ford Classic Devils Race." At 9'6", "Dano" is an intimating figure on the ice - accounting for Daneyko's history as the Devils all-time leader in penalty minutes.
Although Patrik Elias couldn't be there in person, the Patty character is inspired by the likeness and career of the franchise's all-time leader in numerous offensive categories including goals, assists and points, Patrik Elias, "Patty" is the definition of bravery and competition. He overcame obstacles on and off the ice throughout his Devils career to become all-time leading scorer in Devils history. "Patty" is a steadfast believer that if you're not first - you're last. As a player, Elias stood 6'1" tall, a full 3'6" inches shorter than his character equivalent (9'7")
Each character took over 200 hours of production to create and were built locally in New Jersey at Randy Carfagno Productions LLC. The character unveils took place prior to the Devils 90's Night themed game. A fitting theme, as these characters are in honor of some of the most notable Devils faces during the 90's era. Fans can enjoy watching the big head characters on Prudential Center's main ice for the remainder of the regular season, as the Local Ford Classic Devils Race will happen during the second intermission of all remaining Devils home games.
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