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#RELENTLESS Fan of the Game: George Knorr

by Gordy Stillman / New Jersey Devils
George Knorr has been a season ticket member since the beginning, collecting memorabilia extending back to the Devils' first incarnation in Kansas City. A friend of former goaltender Glenn "Chico" Resch, Knorr was on the ice in October 2014 when the Devils honored Resch, and once traded for an old blocker that belonged to the goaltender.

NAME: George Knorr

AGE: 80

SECTION: Section 216, in the front row.

HOMETOWN: Andover

CAREER: I am retired.

I HAVE BEEN A SEASON TICKET MEMBER FOR: The Devils’ entire history. Since 1982.

I HAVE BEEN A DEVILS FAN SINCE: The team moved from Colorado. I had been a hockey fan since World War II, where after my mom would send me to bed, I’d listen to hockey games on the radio. I first saw a game at the prior Madison Square Garden in the 1960s and was a fan of another team until the Devils came here and I could sign up for season tickets. With the Devils, they were closer and I didn’t have to pay any tolls to cross the tunnels and I’d get home earlier.

YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT: I have a huge collection of Devils material from early on, including the media guides from the Kansas City Scouts and the Colorado Rockies. I’m also friends with Glenn “Chico” Resch and was on the ice for his special night last season.

MY FAVORITE CURRENT PLAYER IS: It’s a tie between Cory Schneider and Joseph Blandisi. Blandisi has come with a bucket of energy and Schneider has kept us in a lot of games.

IF I COULD ASK HIM ONE THING: For Joseph Blandisi, Where do you get all that energy?

MY FAVORITE MARTY MOMENT IS: When we won that first Stanley Cup against Detroit in a 4-0 sweep. We weren’t even supposed to make the playoffs and just barely made it. We never had home ice advantage and were supposed to lose 4-0, instead we won 4-0 and proved the pundits wrong.

MY FAVORITE PIECE OF DEVILS MEMORABILIA IS: Chico Resch’s blocker. I traded him a set of old hockey gloves that had holes in the palm and wooden sticks in the glove. Another favorite, I was able to get the autograph of Herb Brooks, who led Team USA to the gold medal in 1980, through coming to events with the Devils.

I AM #RELENTLESS BECAUSE: Even if there’s a down year, I remember we have three Stanley Cups and none of the teams around us have been nearly as successful since 1982.

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