It was a busy morning for the New Jersey Devils as they arrived at Prudential Center for the 2017-18 home opener.
Scores of fans gathered outside on Championship Plaza during a very warm and sunny October morning in to catch a glimpse of their favorite players as they walked the red carpet.
Players arrived in style in brand new INFINITI cars, and stopped to sign autographs and take pictures with fans as they made their way into the arena. For some, it was a familiar scene. Captain Andy Greene walked the Red Carpet before, but he said it also felt like the start of something new.
That's a sentiment shared by many of his Devils teammates.
"Obviously there has been a lot of change-over, winning the lottery and getting Nico," Greene said. "There's a lot of positive energy around the team and around the franchise." More from his interview below:
For others, the red carpet experience was all brand new. Fans cheered loudly as Nico Hischier's name was announced and he climbed out of his car. "This is crazy. I'm so excited," said Hischier - and he meant it about both the welcome from fans and his NHL debut.
Once players made their way inside Prudential Center and into their locker room, they'll have noticed a stall that won't be used but will remain set up. Former Devil Patrik Elias will have his jersey hang in his own stall for the entire 2017-18 NHL season, right where he was kept all last year.
Elias will have his No. 26 retired by the Devils on February 24th 2018 after an illustrious career with New Jersey.