NEWARK, N.J. (November 9, 2015) – Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils will honor our nation’s service members during the team’s annual Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday, November 10 – Veterans Day eve – when the Devils hosts the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m.
All active and retired military personnel will receive 50% off all tickets for the November 10 game and, starting Tuesday, 20% off of select ticket levels for the remainder of the season, based on availability. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit NewJerseyDevils.com/Military.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance Tuesday night will receive a Devils camo hat. More than 200 of the same hats have been sent to Devils fans oversees through Defending the Blue Line, an organization that helps military families cover the cost of hockey gear, fees, camps and other hockey-related activities. All proceeds from the night’s fundraising will benefit Defending the Blue Line’s ongoing initiatives.
Throughout the game, the Devils will recognize and celebrate the stories of a number of current and retired military personnel:
• Lily Hutchins, 11, from Flanders and Sean Pedersen, 12, from Readington, who are both part Defending the Blue Line programs, will join NJ Devil on the ice for pre-game player introductions;
• Word War II veteran is August “Gus” Alfred Steidl, from Oakland, NJ and the recipient of the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation, will be honored as Hero of the Game;
• 30 veterans from the VA Hospital in Lyons will be special guests of the Devils;
• United States Coast Guard veteran Kristine Rommel will perform the National Anthem;
• The New York Joint Services Honor Guard will serve as Color Guard for the evening’s anthem, representing each branch of the nation’s military.
To help raise funds, Devils players will wear camo warm-up jerseys before the game that will be signed and auctioned online at NewJerseyDevils.com/Military beginning November 10 at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of special Military Appreciation Night pucks, which will be used by the team during pregame warm-ups, will be signed by each player and included in the auction.
A 10% discount will be available for current and retired military personnel at all Devils Den Team Store locations in the arena with appropriate military identification. Devils camo jerseys and t-shirts will be available for purchase during the game and fans will have the opportunity to donate $1 to Defending the Blue Line with each purchase. Fans will have the same opportunity with each concessions purchase throughout the arena. In addition, proceeds from the night’s 50/50 raffle will benefit Defending the Blue Line.
About Defending the Blue Line
Our mission at Defending The Blue Line (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free hockey equipment (courtesy of the National Hockey League Player Association’s Goals and Dreams Foundation, Easton, and Graf Canada), access to some of the finest summer hockey camps at no cost, and grants to help with local association fees. In addition, we provide unique experiences for military families including attending National Hockey League, minor league affiliate, and collegiate hockey games.
Defending The Blue Line® was established and incorporated by a group of active duty soldiers in the spring of 2009 with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nation’s military heroes. We have been designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the IRS. Tax ID# 27-0711063. DTBL is governed by a board of directors that is comprised of senior military officials, hockey executives, hockey legends and other notable figures. We accept no public funding for our charitable program. DTBL operates solely from private and corporate donations and has been able to give back an astonishing 85% of our revenues to military families.
About the New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils are part of the 30-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they are currently in their 34th season in the Garden State. During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships: 1995, 2000 and 2003. Follow the Devils at http://www.newjerseydevils.com, on Facebook and @NHLDevils on Twitter.
About Prudential Center
Prudential Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. Ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and welcomes 1.75 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com and Facebook, and follow @PruCenter on Twitter.