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#RELENTLESS Fan of the Game: John Podesta

by Gordy Stillman / New Jersey Devils
Season ticket member John Podesta always wears the Colorado Rockies jersey he got at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He traveled to Toronto with his youth team in 2006.

NAME: John Podesta

AGE: 26

SECTION: 14

HOMETOWN: Wood-Ridge

CAREER: Licensed Funeral Director

I HAVE BEEN A SEASON TICKET MEMBER FOR: One year

I HAVE BEEN A DEVILS FAN SINCE: I was little. My first memory is of watching Martin Brodeur when I was seven years old. When I was eight years old I started playing hockey as a forward. I soon switched to goalie. I played travel, high school and college, copying his style.

BEFORE EVERY DEVILS GAME, I MAKE SURE: I always wear my Colorado Rockies Jersey, which the franchise wore before moving to New Jersey.

YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT: I once ran into Chico Resch at a game. He signed my jersey.

MY FAVORITE CURRENT PLAYER IS: Cory Schneider

IF I COULD ASK HIM ONE THING: What do you do to prepare for a game?

MY FAVORITE MARTY MOMENT IS: In the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals, Marty made a sprawling save and the puck rebounded to the point. Daryl Sutter was there and took a shot, Marty was already in a two-pad stack, threw his leg up and just knifed it out of the air. I don’t know how he stopped it, but his acrobatic moves were crazy.

MY FAVORITE PIECE OF DEVILS MEMORABILIA IS: My jersey. With my travel team, we were up in Toronto for two weeks in 2006, and on an off day I went to the Hall of Fame. I walked into the store and said “score!” I’ve had it ever since.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT THANKSGIVING: Being with my family.

I AM #RELENTLESS BECAUSE: Win, lose or tie, I’m a Devils fan till I die. (Even though we can’t tie anymore.)

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