Devils Owners Receive Big Praise
It was a special for the New Jersey Devils and the surrounding community when, according to the Star-Ledger, Josh Harris and David Blitzer have been named the most influential people in New Jersey Sports.
According to Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi: “They top the list because of what they’re planning to do with the team, from transforming the fan experience to investing in new ways to improve hockey operations, and how they hope that their investment has a lasting impact on the growth of the franchise’s home city itself”.
In my radio show for Double G Sports I’ve touched on many times on how the Devils are very involved with the community from schools to parks and everything in between. This in addition to the transactions they made in the offseason has really made the Devils a major icon in New Jersey and in the NHL.
According to the Devils press release “The Devils’ front office claimed three of the 25 spots on the list: President and GM Lou Lamoriello moved up one spot this year to fifth, while Devils/Prudential Center/Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil was 13th”.
This is terrific news for the Devils because it shows the team in such a positive light and after narrowly missing the playoffs last year they’ve shown that it didn’t get them down, but instead gave them the ambition to improve on and off of the ice.
When you can be the most influential in a state filled with sports speaks volume for what you can do in such a little amount of time (around a year since Harris and Blitzer purchased the team) and how you can make it into a special experience. For the Devils I am sure there will be much more of this to come going forward.