NHL Players Ring NYSE Bell to Signal Start of Trading Day: 2013-14 Season
Added by Tim Purcell on September 8, 2013.
This past Friday, the National Hockey League, along with a cast of star-studded players, was given the honor to ring the bell to begin the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange, in New York City. The ringing of the bell on Wall Street didn’t just symbolize the start of the day inside the NYSE; it was also a sign of a brand new 82 game schedule, set to begin October 1st, when the Chicago Blackhawks are set to defend their Stanley Cup championship against the high-powered Washington Capitals. A group of seven NHLers, including Islanders newly named captain John Tavares, and Devils newly named assistant captain Andy Greene, took to the floor to discuss the regular season rapidly approaching.
Greene, recently given the “A” on his red and black sweater, is hoping that this is not a temporary letter. ”I don’t know if its official or not, but if this happens, it would be a tremendous honor being the assistant captain for the Devils,” Greene said. Recently worn by former Devil Ilya Kovalchuk, Greene hopes to continue playing the way he knows he can, and to grow as a leader on the ice, and in the locker room. With the significant amount of changes this summer, Greene understands it may take some adjusting time for the new members of the Devils.
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This past offseason, the Devils lost hometown favorite David Clarkson to free agency when he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and superstar Kovalchuk when he shocked the hockey world and announced his retirement from the NHL to play in Russia. Devils President and General Manger Lou Lamoriello did not waste any time, immediately signing top-quality veterans Jaromir Jagr, Ryan Clowe and Michael Ryder to help fill the voids left behind.
Bringing in new talent does lead to adjustment periods, and Greene believes they will have no trouble getting to know the Devils system. “When you get new guys, there’s always a transition period, but hopefully they can come and fit right in, and we can start off the season the right way,” Greene said.
This season, the NHL is hosting six outdoor games, including three in the New York A area at Yankee Stadium. The Devils will play host to their rivals the New York Rangers on January 26, followed by Islanders vs Rangers three days later. ”We all grew up playing outdoors and playing on ponds, it will be nice getting back to the roots. I think playing the Rangers in Yankee Stadium will make it that more special,” Greene said.