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RECAP: Hockey Fights Cancer Coach Abdiel Collazo's day with the Devils

Eight-year-old battling leukemia Perth Amboy native coaches the Devils for a day

by Brian Born @BrianBorn /

Coach of the Day: Abdiel Collazo

Hockey Fights Cancer NJD Coach of the Day

On Hockey Fights Cancer Night the Devils named 8-year-old Abdiel Collazo as their honorary Coach of the Day

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On Friday, Nov. 24, Abdiel Collazo was named the Devils' honorary Hockey Fights Cancer Coach for a Day prior to the club's matchup with the Vancouver Canucks. 

Collazo, 8, of Perth Amboy, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2013. He received treatment at the Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility. He has been in remission for nearly two years.
Collazo was an active participant in New Jersey's morning skate Friday, drawing up plays, meeting the team and speaking to the media alongside Devils coach John Hynes. 

Check out all the behind-the-scenes footage from Abdiel's special day as the honorary coach of the New Jersey Devils. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: The #NJDevils honorary #HockeyFightCancer coach is 8-year-old Abdiel Collazo from Perth Amboy, NJ! He���s coaching the boys up at morning skate prior to #VANvsNJD.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Vancouver���s in trouble with our new bench boss Abdiel drawing up plays! #VANvsNJD
Tweet from @NJDevils: �� @mjohansson90 is back on the ice for #NJDevils morning skate and chats with Coach Abdiel. #VANvsNJD

Tweet from @NJDevils: Someone is trying to get on Coach Abdiel���s good side by complimenting his sneakers during morning skate! #HockeyFightsCancer

Tweet from @NJDevils: �� @MilesWood44 has a reason to ��. Coach Abdiel just bumped him up in the lineup! #HockeyFightsCancer #VANvsNJD

Tweet from @NJDevils: ���His nickname is filet mignon.��� @Jimmy10Hayes is filling in Coach Abdiel on all team nicknames as he draws up a play. #HockeyFightsCancer

Tweet from @NJDevils: Coach Abdiel makes sure he gives @Jimmy10Hayes two chances to score. �� #HockeyFightsCancer

Tweet from @NJDevils: Jimmy Hayes is taking good care of the bench boss, hooking him up with a couple twigs! ���� #HockeyFightsCancer

Tweet from @NJDevils: The two coaches wrap up and their media session before headed back to the locker room to game plan some more. #HockeyFightsCancer

Tweet from @NJDevils: Coach Hynes get some help from Coach Abdiel during his media scrum prior to #HockeyFightsCancer Night.

Tweet from @amandacstein: I had the chance this morning to interview eight year old Abdeil Collazo, the #NJDevils #HockeyFightsCancer Coach for a Day. He was my toughest interview yet! ��

Tweet from @NJDevils: �� @MattLoug and @AmandaCStein are joined by #HockeyFightsCancer Coach of the Day Abdiel Collazo and give their "Players to Watch" predictions for #VANvsNJD!

Tweet from @NJDevils: Honorary Coach Abdiel reads tonight���s lineup and wishes the #NJDevils luck prior to #VANvsNJD! #HockeyFightsCancer | #BoyleStrong

Tweet from @NJDevils: Coach Abdiel already won tonight's First ������ of the game. #HockeyFightsCancer

Tweet from @NJDevils: Some things are bigger than hockey. #HockeyFightsCancer Night | #BoyleStrong

Tweet from @NJDevils: Eight-year-old Abdiel Collazo lifted the spirits & inspired the #NJDevils when he took over as honorary coach on #HockeyFightsCancer Night!

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