Occasionally, I'll get press releases from the New Jersey Devils. Today is such a day as I have received the official notice that the New Jersey Devils will have a 1995 Stanley Cup Red-White Alumni Game on March 7, 2015 at 3 PM EST. The game will take place at the AmeriHealth Pavilion and will feature a lot of the players and personnel from the Devils' first Stanley Cup Winning team. The headliners are Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, and Claude Lemieux. You know who those players are. I'm sure for those three alone - or even just Brodeur - this event should prove to be a hot ticket. The press release has a list of other coaches and players scheduled to be there:
Coaches and players scheduled to participate include: Jacques Lemaire, Jacques Caron, Tommy Albelin, Sergei Brylin, Bob Carpenter, Shawn Chambers, Tom Chorske, Danton Cole, Ken Daneyko, Jim Dowd, Bruce Driver, Bill Guerin, Bobby Holik, John MacLean, Chris McAlpine, Randy McKay, Mike Peluso, Brian Rolston and Chris Terreri.
That's a significant portion of the 1995 roster. There are some omissions. Off the top of my head, the only real absences are Scott Niedermayer, Neal Broten, Stephane Richer, and Valeri Zelepukin. (I'm sure you'll tell me who else I'm sorely forgetting.) But that's still a list loaded with names those who remember the 1995 team would definitely know. And even some players and coaches who were still active until a few years ago. So, how does one get to attend? Well, that's where an issue arises. From the release itself:
$50 General Admission tickets will go on sale to Devils Season Ticket Members during an exclusive presale window on Thursday, February 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. Any remaining tickets will be made available to the public at noon through newjerseydevils.com/95cup. All tickets include a commemorative t-shirt from Old Time Hockey.
There are also VIP packages available at $995 and $1,995 with some significant perks for all of you big-spenders. Proceeds will benefit the Devils Alumni Association, which does numerous initiatives and outreach events.
However, I have to question the set-up. My first reaction was "$50 for an alumni game," but after about ten seconds of thought, this is an alumni game that does include several beloved players in the organization. I can easily see a game featuring Brodeur, Stevens, Daneyko, MacLean, Lemieux, and Holik among others drawing that much attention. So that's where the question comes in: This game is going to take place at the Devils practice rink, which really only houses a couple hundred people. A game like this may be able to draw much more than that, and in turn, could bring more money to the Alumni Association. Especially on a Saturday afternoon. Wouldn't the Prudential Center itself be a better venue?
Alas, they wouldn't be able to use it on March 7 as the arena is booked for a concert that evening. Still, the 20th anniversary isn't going to end in March. Couldn't they have this, say, after the regular season ended when the arena's time is more free? Or maybe I'm over stating how popular such an event will be and the AmeriHealth Pavilion will just be fine? In any case, if you're a season ticket holder (like me), then don't delay in getting a ticket tomorrow if you're at all interested.
Would you go to such an event? How do you feel about it? Please leave your answers and other thoughts about the 1995 Stanley Cup Red-White Alumni Game in the comments.