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#RELENTLESS Fan of the Game: Samuel Pereira

by Gordy Stillman / New Jersey Devils
Samuel Pereira may be a freshman in college, but he says due to credits he earned in high school, he's technically a junior. Pereira became a fan of the Devils after watching them compete in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.

NAME: Samuel Pereira

AGE: 18

SECTION: 3

HOMETOWN: Ovar, Portugal, but I’ve lived in the Ironbound for the last 15 years.

CAREER: I’m a college student.

TWITTER HANDLE: @SamuelP17122809

I HAVE BEEN A SEASON TICKET MEMBER FOR: Three years.

I HAVE BEEN A DEVILS FAN SINCE: 2012. I was attending a festival in my neighborhood and walked into a bar that was playing the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. I started watching and went “Wow! I’ve never wanted to be a fan, and now here I am watching the Devils in the finals. I should reconsider.” Playoff Hockey is something special.

BEFORE EVERY DEVILS GAME, I MAKE SURE: I always wear my Adam Henriquejersey, which is covered in player signatures and my team hat. I also always get chicken fingers and fries before the game, and park in the lot across the street from the arena.

YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT: I used to be very quiet and reserved, and the Devils have inspired me to be more outgoing and energetic.

MY FAVORITE CURRENT PLAYER IS: Adam Henrique. I learned he had Portuguese heritage, and that connection made him a fast favorite.

IF I COULD ASK HIM ONE THING: Could I spend a day with you, or get a VIP tour around the arena and locker room with you?

MY FAVORITE MARTY MOMENT IS: I remember watching a game against Pittsburgh, where after Evgeni Malkin hit the post, it bounced off Martin Brodeur, hit the other post, and then he swatted it away. That memory always sticks out. Once I saw that save I thought he was absolutely legendary.

MY FAVORITE PIECE OF DEVILS MEMORABILIA IS: My jersey. It is filled with signatures of current and former players with the Devils organization, here or in Albany, plus one of my friends that plays for Newark East Side High School and Hockey in Newark.

MY FAVORITE PART OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON: Getting to see the New Jersey Devils play during the holidays. It’s always fun and exciting.

I AM #RELENTLESS BECAUSE: I come from a hardworking family and pursue my schoolwork with passion.

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