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WHO THE DEVIL | Mackenzie Blackwood

Get to know Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood

by Caela McLoughlin / Special to NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils earned their first victory of the 2019-20 season on Thursday against their Hudson River rivals, the New York Rangers. It was a big night for the Devils, especially for netminder Mackenzie Blackwood earning his first victory of the season after stopping 29 of 31 shots he faced. On Saturday, he followed it up with his third career shutout, stopping all 25 shots he faced versus the Vancouver Canucks.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 of 31 saves tonight in the first #NJDevils win of the season. We needed that bad. Everyone showed up to play today. pic.twitter.com/uC7zXknl76

On Thursday against the Rangers, Blackwood made some huge saves.

Tweet from @NJDevils: WHAT A SAVE BY BLACKWOOD! pic.twitter.com/17Rpczj0NT

Tweet from @NJDevils: BLACKWD#NYRvsNJD | #WeAreTheOnes pic.twitter.com/oYaXRSAORq

He even earned the first star of the game.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Tonights #1 with 29 saves in the win! pic.twitter.com/VI8Ygvvf9y

As much as we love seeing this netminder shine on the ice, we also love learning more about him behind the scenes. Here are a few fun facts about Mackenzie that fans might not know.

Blackwood's favorite movie is Happy Gilmore, which is fitting since his favorite sport to play outside of hockey is golf. His favorite show to binge-watch is Game of Thrones and his favorite holiday to celebrate is Christmas. When it comes to the best Halloween costume, this Devils goalie says it's got to be a pumpkin.

During the season, this netminder looks forward to visiting Vancouver because he says they have the best sushi - which is his favorite food. If there's one thing he says he can't live without in this world, it would be good food. Before hitting the ice for a game, Blackwood's pregame ritual includes taking a cold shower, and if he had his choice of pregame music, he'd choose rock music. His style of pregame music must have impacted his decision if he had to pick a walkout song, because he says he'd go with Hells Bells by ACDC. 

When it comes to hobbies, Blackwood loves fishing and playing sports. In fact, one of his favorite things he did during this past off-season was go fishing with friends in Canada this past summer after celebrating the #1 Draft Pick with Devils fans at the Draft Festival in Newark.

Instagram from @macblackwood29: Great week up north with the boys! #chartreuse

If he wasn't a professional hockey player, Blackwood would want to own a fishing lodge and if he could be any animal, he says he'd choose an eagle so that he can fly. When it comes to hobbies outside of golfing and fishing, he loves water sports, basketball and spike ball. However, it's water sports and snowboarding that he has a hidden talent for that fans might not know about. 

To follow Blackwood on social media, fans can find him on Instagram at @macblackwood29. To follow the Devils on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, fans can follow the team at @NJDevils.

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