New Jersey Devils Fan Spotlight: Sean From River Vale


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This week we meet Sean Briscoe, 21, from River Vale, NJ. Sean loves to follow the Devils out of town and also attending as many home games as possible, making sure to keep the ticket stubs as a memento. He says he’s running out of room in his album and it’s about to break. He enjoys making games as fun as possible whether that’s dressing up or creating unique signage such as Jordin Tootoo and Thomas the Tank Engine; get it? Tootoo! He’s not a great skater, but he’s improving and loves to get out on the pond when the water freezes.

Let’s see what Sean has to share with us today:

1) What made you become a Devils’ fan?

Sean Briscoe takes a picture outside PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina home of the Hurricanes.

I have two brothers and hearing them constantly fight over which was the better team – Rangers or Devils. Of course this stuff was real nasty and I don’t know how my mother even handled both of them going at each other with the rivalry. I was too young to even get the concept at the time, but I still remember watching the games on TV. Until around 2003, I believe near Christmas time, I went to Continental Airlines Arena now known Izod Center (which closed its doors). At the time I still watched both the Rangers and Devils back and forth until 2007 when Prudential Center opened. My brother’s friend had season tickets and was going to a concert one night so he couldn’t attend the game. That night I will never forget it. I remember the Patrik Elias shootout goal and it was sick. Ever since I was hooked and kept begging my parents to buy me tickets for Christmas that year. Of course I got them and loved it even more and more.

2) What are your thoughts on the season so far?

Awful, but I knew that there would be some good change with the new coaches. I am more concerned for next season than this season. There wasn’t enough time for Scott Stevens and Adam Oates to get a chance to make the playoffs.

3) Who is your favorite current Devil? Favorite former Devil? Why?

Jordin Tootoo because after watching his documentary on Youtube and noticing a very good side of him makes me respect him a hell of a lot. I still need to read the book and I don’t have it; I’m hoping to borrow from someone randomly.

Former Devil would be Brian Gionta who was the first Devils player I met in person. I was saddened when he left to Montreal.

4) What’s your favorite part of attending Devils games? If you haven’t been able to make it out to any games, do you have any plans of doing so in the future? What are you looking forward to?

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I still keep going because I love the atmosphere and meeting people at the games. I love every minute of it because it takes my mind off the stress with classes, work, you name it. I was thinking about getting season tickets for next season but hearing all the issues of the prices being increased and problems with ownership I might not. So many people I’ve met have been so nice that they’d give up tickets to STH events like practice, meet and greet, etc. because they either cant go or don’t want to go. They’re really thoughtful enough to think about me when they want to give it up. Thanks to them!

5) What’s the most memorable game you’ve ever been at, or remember watching on television?

Too many to list (haha) but I’ll list some:

Thank you to Sean for joining us, won’t you be next? Contact us on Facebook or Twitter (@pitchforkedpuck) if you would like to be featured!

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