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Special Delivery

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils
A surprise visit from Zach Parise turned an ordinary work day into an office celebration.

On Thursday, Parise visited Muller Insurance in Hoboken to personally deliver season tickets to longtime seat holder Roger Muller. Devils players will make more than 20 ticket drop-offs this month as part of the Frozen Over rewards program for early account renewals. 

“It turned out good,” Parise said. “It was obvious all the excitement on their faces when we walked in. Clearly they were some pretty dedicated Devils fans, they’ve been ticket holders for 20 years. It’s good that we’re able to do things in the community like this for ticket holders like that. They really appreciated it.”

Muller, an avid men’s league hockey player, has held Devils season tickets since 1990 when he sat in section 121 at the Meadowlands. Appropriately enough, he was a big fan of “Captain” Kirk Muller, who wore the No. 9 that Parise wears today.

“I was hoping you’d be coming because you’re my favorite player,” Muller told Parise, who presented him with an authentic Devils “MULLER” jersey customized with No. 1.

Muller Insurance is a family affair, having been founded in 1906 by Muller’s grandfather, John. His father, R. John Muller, has been a fixture there since 1948. Sister, Erika, joined the company in 1986.

“It’s exciting to have one of the best players on the Devils and one of the best players in the League walk in,” Muller said. “I’ve been talking to a lot of people to get more support for the Devils in Hoboken because we’re only eight miles away [from Prudential Center]. It’s convenient, there’s some really good pricing plans and it’s a lot of fun going there.”

Muller’s favorite Devils memory is the sweep of Detroit in the 1995 Stanley Cup Final, and the basement of the company’s offices features a photo montage of past and present Devils players. Muller will have his fingers crossed for a Parise goal when the Devils open the regular season against Dallas on Friday, Oct. 8.

But he has even bigger hopes for Parise down the road.

“Hopefully some day I’ll see this guy in the Hall of Fame,” Muller said. “I think he’s got another 15 years or so.”

Other players making deliveries Thursday included Jason Arnott, Matt Corrente and Dainius Zubrus.
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