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The first episode of the Devils Official Podcast to kick off the 2019-20 season is rookie Jesper Boqvist, the 2017 second-round pick who made the team out of camp.
Boqvist was asked in the podcast about how he broke the news that he made the team to his parents, noting he was more nervous breaking that news than he should have been, in his opinion.
"I just called them right after and they were really happy for me and all that," said Boqvist. "So it was it was a dream come true. They've helped me since I started and gave up much to help us play. So it was a lot of work for them but I'm here now (in the NHL)."
Jesper's brother, Adam, is a defenseman in the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Adam was drafted eighth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft.
"We are like best friends," said Jesper. "We talk pretty much every day and help each other out like he was here (in North America) last year when I wasn't and so I can be as prepared as I can when I got here."
When asked what they talk about, Jesper surprisingly said essentially everything except hockey.
"It's actually more about other stuff for than hockey. Of course. It's a lot of hockey to but maybe 60% is other stuff like life, I guess."
Boqvist also talked about settling into New Jersey, rooming with teammate Jesper Bratt and growing up in Sweden.