The New Jersey Devils stunned their fans Friday with an announcement that the organization would be rebranding itself as the New Jersey Angels.
A new logo, featuring angels wings adorning the familiar "NJ," was unveiled on twitter at @NewJerseyAngels and at newjerseyangelshockey.com, complete with a halo hugging the top of the J. Alternate captain Adam Henrique was shown in a jersey with the new team colors of gray, gold and white, along with a link to new merchandise.
Of course, if Devils fans stopped to catch their breath and look at the calendar, they would have realized the whole thing was an elaborate and well-executed April Fools' Day prank.
The hoax went as far up the ladder as Devils president Hugh Weber, who tweeted, "New direction, new future, new identity. Changing for the best. Introducing the @NewJerseyAngels! #AngelsAreReal newjerseyangelshockey.com".
Henrique posted the picture of him in the Angels' new uniform on his Twitter feed and wrote, "Can't wait to rock these sick @NewJerseyAngels sweaters! #AngelsAreReal".
On newjerseyangelshockey.com, a press release said Weber "believes that a more welcoming team name will highlight community initiatives and open the door to new fans." On a link for tickets, fans were urged to "See the New Jersey Devils for the last time April 5-9 during Fan Appreciation Week."