Devils Host Black History Celebration Feb. 28 | RELEASE
NEWARK, NJ – (February 25, 2022) – The New Jersey Devils will host their annual Black History Month game on Monday, February 28, 2022, when they face the Vancouver Canucks for a puck drop at 7:30 p.m. HE at Prudential Center. For the first time in Devils history, the team will wear Black History Month-themed warm-up jerseys, which were created in conjunction with the Devils defenseman. PK Subban.
The warm-up jersey crest was created to honor and celebrate all Black players and coaches throughout Devils history and will feature the phrase “A Movement, Not A Moment”. One shoulder will feature a Willie O’Ree patch and on the other shoulder there will be a Hockey Is For Everyone patch. Each player’s shirt will bear the number 22 on the back to honor Willie O’Ree, and their respective shirt number on the shoulders. In the jersey issues, there will be a story highlighting O’Ree’s impact on the game and some of the other key figures in black hockey he opened the door to. The jerseys will be available for auction beginning Monday February 28 and ending Monday March 7, 2022 and will benefit the Devils Youth Foundation and the PK Subban Foundation. Fans can bid on jerseys at newjerseydevils.com/hockeyisforeveryone
“It’s a very special time with the Devils making this Black History Month jersey and I’m so glad the organization and the League gave us the opportunity to put this together,” said Subban. “When players are celebrated now, it comes back to the shoulders of those who came before us, like Willie O’Ree. These moments reflect progress and change. The game will get to a place where it’s not just about the black players. , black individuals who work in sport, have to speak up. The real sign of change is when black players and individuals have no say and we will get there.”
Each player will wear a helmet sticker during play that will feature the “Celebrating Black History” branding. A limited number of t-shirts, based on the design of the warm-up jersey crest, will be available for sale on the Devils Youth Foundation website. Proceeds from the sale of t-shirts will also benefit the Devils Youth Foundation and PK Subban Foundation. Fans can view the t-shirts at devilsyouthfoundation.org.
Fans can get involved throughout February and throughout the season by interacting with Devils social media and viewing exclusive content to celebrate Black History Month. There will be a lengthy panel session titled “A Conversation with NHL’s PK Subban and Jeff Scott,” which will feature Subban and Jeff Scott, NHL Vice President of Community Development and Growth. They come together for an insightful and powerful conversation about black hockey history, jersey design, game development opportunities and more. The trailer for the play is available HERE.
The Devils’ social handles will include infographics on the history of black hockey, podcasts with Devils alumni – Claude Vilgrain, the organization’s first black player and Bryce Salvador, the club’s first black captain and current broadcaster MSG Networks, as well as a replay of the interview the Devils previously did with documentary producer Willie O’Ree Bryant McBride and more.
A video highlighting Razu, the company selected for this year’s Buy Black program presented by Prudential Financial, will be shared on the MSG broadcast during the pre-game show and on Devils social media. . Some of the black-owned businesses that will be featured in the next Jersey Shop Program will be activated in the lobby, including SW3AT Sauna Studio, Bro-Ritos and Tia Planta. They will be featured alongside this year’s Buy Black recipient, Razu, and last year’s Flow’s Tasty Treats recipient. Fans can learn more about the Devils’ Buy Black program by visiting newjerseydevils.com/buyblack.
Before the game, Devils national anthem singer Arlette will perform the national anthem while Hillside JROTC will present the Color Guard. Devils junior captain Caleb Elias, 13, of Newark, NJ, who is a goaltender with the Hockey in New Jersey program, will also take to the ice before the face-off. Attendees will see facts about the Month of Black History that highlight notable hockey figures displayed in the Upper Lobby of the New Jersey Lottery. Other game presentation elements include special Black History Month LEDs, logo and screensavers on the jumbotron, and Black History Month facts highlighting the players and the Devils Black alumni. Proceeds from tonight’s 50-50 raffle will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Newark.
The Devils’ Black History Month celebration will continue through March when the NHL Black Hockey History Tour presented by American Legacy visits Newark on Saturday, March 12, 2022. The NHL and American Legacy feature a mobile museum that celebrates Black hockey accomplishments. The museum showcases today’s stars while looking back at the trailblazers and trailblazers who helped shape the history of the NHL. Admission for those wishing to visit the tour is free. Fans will have the opportunity to visit the tour on Championship Plaza before the Devils’ home game against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. ET that evening.
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