The fourth episode of our Road to the Draft podcast series takes a closer look at the personal lives of two Devils fan favorites in Kyle Pamieri and Will Butcher. Both players are getting married this off-season and spoke about their experiences in the preparations among many other things.
"Ashley's had a lot of the actual wedding planning," Palmieri told host Matt Loughlin and co-host Amanda Stein. "I think I've been in charge with the honeymoon and a couple things surrounding the weekend that I've been in charge with planning."
Palmieri added that he got a lot of that planning work done shortly after the season.
"Had a couple weeks off after the season and got some of it done and the rest of it is just getting it together and going from there."
Will Butcher has been standing on the sidelines as well for his wedding plans, though he did make one request.
"I'm a big cake guy so I would love a wedding cake," he said. "That's the one thing I got."
Palmieri had some other big plans this off-season, including attending the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia for the first time.
"It was surreal. I'm a pretty big Tiger fan. It was incredible just to be there, the atmosphere, how engaged all the fans are. The no cell phone rule," he said. "Everything about it was a pretty awesome experience."
Video: PODCAST | Episode. 4 - Kyle Palmieri
On the Sunday, he and his buddies, which included some current Devils players as well as former Ducks teammates, got separated due to the no cell phone rule but Palmieri was able to seek out Woods on his way to the historic title.
"We were able to watch Tiger's first five or six holes, as soon as Tiger went through there we watched his shot at the par 3 16 where he almost got a hole in one. The fans were pretty excited."
They booked it for hole 18 to try and see history being made but there were so many fans there that it wasn't possible to see much of anything.
"By the time we got to 18, we looked at the green but there was no way to see anything unless I was eight feet taller," Palmieri continued. "You would have had to be there two hours earlier to see it.
"The crowds were crazy but just being there was an awesome experience."
Video: PODCAST | Episode 4 - Will Butcher
Butcher was also asked about his decision to join the New Jersey Devils, coming from college as a free agent having elected to not sign with the Colorado Avalanche, who drafted him.
"It's been awesome. I really thoroughly enjoy it here. No regrets in my decision to come here whatsoever," Butcher began.
"When I met with Ray, Coach Hynes and Tom Fitzgerald (they told me) where they wanted to take this program. I said at the beginning and still say it now, it reminded me a lot of when I was a freshman at University of Denver trying to win a National Championship. Those similarities really made me feel like this place was home and I'm really glad I chose it."
Butcher ultimately did win that National Championship with the University of Denver in his senior year.