With the recent tragedy that has taken place in Las Vegas, we collectively here @AATJ have not forgotten what has transpired out West of the New Jersey/Binghamton region. We are still trying to cope, like others, on what has been a shocking, yet very disturbing event. God bless those that were affected and their families involved.
We start off with player movements as of this past Monday, Binghamton assigned four rookies to the ECHL affiliate in Glens Falls, NY. Defensemen Tim Boyle & Desmond Bergin, along with forwards Pierre-Luc Mercier & Tim Harrison as they will start the season playing for the Adirondack Thunder.
New Jersey made quite a few moves themselves on Tuesday, as they assigned forwards Joe Blandisi, Nick Lappin and John Quenneville and defenseman Brian Straight to Binghamton. Veteran forward Brian Gibbons was also among the list but was soon recalled after Brian Boyle wasn’t cleared to play and is currently on the IR for New Jersey.
This is great news for Binghamton with the additions as fans are excited to see them along with all the players on the club. The current line-up reads;
Tuesday was meet the players day at The Floyd as the local media did their thing while getting to know the new players in town. Here are a few to mentions;
Part time boom mic operator #DevilsMediaDay pic.twitter.com/fegp76crnL— Binghamton Devils (@BingDevils) October 3, 2017
Goalie Scott Wedgewood. Played in just 10 games last season. Injured in Binghamton on 11/18/16. Says he's now a "10/10" health-wise. pic.twitter.com/uRhcQ7cmzX— Tyler Feldman (@TylerFeldman12) October 3, 2017
Media Day at the Floyd L. Maines Arena w/ the @BingDevils pic.twitter.com/wlzBRt1IC8— Cameron Lavallee (@crlavallee8) October 3, 2017
And finally this from @TylerFeldman12 @WBNG12 digging hard for results in this gem;
I made sure to ask the toughest question at @TheAHL @BingDevils media day this afternoon: "Have you been to @Wegmans?" pic.twitter.com/T4hPHpCh6s— Tyler Feldman (@TylerFeldman12) October 3, 2017
Good stuff indeed!
On a side note, I got word that the players are getting quite comfortable in their new surroundings from a source that chatted with “6-10 guys” with positive vibes, as they quote “.. love it here. Like love it. And here everyone is like, WELCOME”, and that “Binghamton is way nicer than I thought it’d be!” Good words to lean towards without any pessimism in thoughts lingering like in the past. And of course, I wouldn’t expect anything less, but it’s still good to hear regardless.
Official Opener This Saturday
With the inaugural Binghamton Devils in sight just a few days away, I asked the fans on what they felt coming in once the puck drops on the 2017-’18 season this Saturday night. Here is their responses via twitter;
Looking forward to a new fresh start with a new organization. Let's hope its a good and healthy one. #AHLAATJ— Mike Stanford (@warz0r) October 1, 2017
I honestly can't remember a time I was more excited for a season to start. This will be awesome!! #AHLAATJ— McSkatKat (@enker1700) October 1, 2017
I didn't realize how excited I was for hockey season until I started counting down the days! I expect a sold out house, Saturday! #AHLAATJ— Crazy Joe (@crazybazookajoe) October 1, 2017
From California growing up as a NJD fan since the age of 5. As a 27 year old New and closer to Binghamton this is going to be awesome! LGD!— Vinnie (@yoVinnieLangdon) October 1, 2017
Already liking what I’ve seen in practice and in tonight’s game! Excited for a new era in Binghamton hockey! #BingDevils #BDevils #AHLAATJ— Alicia S (@AliciaS20) October 2, 2017
It has been a long summer of anticipation and I can't wait to see the #BDevils in action! It's a new era of hockey in Bingo! #AHLAATJ— Emily (@EmilyRose474) October 2, 2017
All is set for the home opener, or you could call it, ‘inaugural opener’. Either way, I’m really excited and I know the Binghamton faithful is as well just by talking with them. This will have a different feel to it at the start, with the whole BSens hoopla in the past, but this just feels right. Come along for the journey into the new frontier!
One last, amazing pic, from fellow writer @CJTDevil courtesy of @HenriQuecity_
... guys ... pic.twitter.com/n4HEy8SQ7V— CJ Turtoro (@CJTDevil) October 3, 2017
See you on Saturday!