The best part of summer winding down is most certainly the anticipation of the next hockey season on the horizon. Just a few weeks away now you'll catch your favorite players back on the ice, tying their skates, the sound of blades hitting the ice, sticks against pucks. It's on its way.
During the summer, it's time to disconnect from the game (of course except for all that training), take part in activities you otherwise wouldn't have time for, and tend to your family and friends in a way that's more difficult during the season. So, while they've been away, we've caught up with a couple of Devils players to check in on their summers.
In today's Three Things we take a quick look into a couple of Devils' offseasons.
1. Miles' Big Catch
Step aside Tom Fitzgerald, you may have caught the free agency big fish in Dougie Hamilton, but Miles Wood had the even bigger fish.
A real fish.
Late last month Miles and some buddies were out fishing 100 miles offshore, an all-day fishing trip with some friends.
Miles told the Devils official website that just as they were about to head back from out on the water the tuna bit. And suddenly, Miles and his pals had a lot of work ahead of them.
"It took about an hour or so to reel it in," he said. "It was about 270 pounds, I think."
One of those, pics or it didn't happen kind of scenarios, so of course, Miles has the photo to prove it and the smile says it all.
"70-inch tuna," he added. But Miles also noted it wasn't the biggest fish he's ever caught, That goes to the 115-inch tuna he caught last summer.
2. Nico Outdoors
We could only all be so lucky if our offseason plans and exercise involved such incredible views like the one Nico Hischier had in late June.
Back home in his native Switzerland, Nico and some friends hiked the Swiss Prealps in the Canton of Fribourg.
It looks like Nico, his pals and brother Luca, had a good time. I'd venture to guess they didn't use the gondola that's available, opting for the workout instead. Scroll through the photos and you'll also see he met a few goat friends along the way and crushed some well-deserved fries and a burger with his friends.
3. Ty Plays Ball
Ty Smith took a trip from his offseason dwellings in Vancouver to Toronto where he caught his favorite baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, in action. It was the most exciting game of the year, with the Jays winning off a three-run homer by George Springer, in the 8th inning against the Boston Red Sox.
Smith had all the intention of documenting his outing, alongside pal Brendan Gallagher, assistant captain for the Montreal Canadiens, but as his TikTok account reflects, he got so caught up in the game all he has documented is taking an Uber with Gallagher to the game, and then sitting in the airport ready to board their plane back to Vancouver.
Plenty of new players have joined the Devils squad over the last few weeks, but behind the scenes you may or may not have noticed that a few new pups have also joined the Devils family.
Scott Wedgewood and his wife Brittany have reunited half-brothers over the weekend. The Wedgewood's have had Captain for a few years now, and on Saturday added a second member to the family with Captain's half-brother joining the Wedgewood crew.
Meet Bucky the Bernedoodle, who shares a dad with Captain. Curious about the names? Wedgewood said that they're both names from comic books. Of course, Captain America for Captain, and Bucky is named after Bucky Barnes, also from the Marvel Universe, who's alter ego is Winter Soldier, and was Steve Rogers' (Captain America's) childhood best friend from the late 1930's.
Also added into the fold is Yegor Sharangovich and wife Darya's new pup. Yegor already has the little one out on the ice and it looks like they're having a lot of fun getting to know each other.
So, let's all welcome Sharki into the Devils family!