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#RELENTLESS Fan of the Game: Donna Byrne

by Gordy Stillman / New Jersey Devils
Donna Byrne became a fan in the early years of the New Jersey Devils, attending games with her dad. While her husband plays hockey, Byrne said she was the one to teach her sons to skate.
NAME: Donna Byrne

AGE: 55

SECTION: I’m a Flex Member, but my husband and I usually sit in Section 127.
We sit in the same seats almost every time.

HOMETOWN: Hillsborough

CAREER: I am an office manager

I HAVE BEEN A SEASON TICKET MEMBER FOR: One year. We started out buying individual games, then did a hat trick, then a half season membership for a couple of years, and now we’re Flex Members.

I HAVE BEEN A DEVILS FAN SINCE: I was a kid. As long as I can remember, I’ve been a Devils fan. My dad got me involved in hockey and he took us to games. The most exciting thing for me was when they won the Stanley Cup. The last time they won, I actually got to go to the bar where they’d hang out, up in West Orange. My husband plays hockey and a guy on his hockey team’s brother owns the bar. They had the cup there and we got to go and go right to the front of the line. I got my picture taken with Pat Burns. It sits right in my office.

BEFORE EVERY DEVILS GAME, I MAKE SURE: I always wear my Patrik Elias jersey.

YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT: My husband and two boys all play hockey, but I’m the one that taught my sons how to skate. I was the shortest and they would have on snowpants, and it was easy for me to hold them up.

MY FAVORITE CURRENT PLAYER IS: Patrik Elias. He’s someone I’ve always been rooting for.

IF I COULD ASK HIM ONE THING: What are your pre-game rituals?

MY FAVORITE MARTY MOMENT IS: When he scored. They had the goals on the highlights during his retirement celebration, and I remember thinking they were cool.

MY FAVORITE PIECE OF DEVILS MEMORABILIA IS: My picture with Pat Burns. I love that picture. He was taking pictures and now I have a picture with him and the cup. People ask me “is that your husband?” you can tell they don’t know hockey.

I AM #RELENTLESS BECAUSE: I never give up. My kids will vouch for that.

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