New Jersey Devils Fan Spotlight: Mike From Washington, D.C.


Our goal with New Jersey Devils Fan Spotlight is to connect fans of Jersey’s Team from all over the world. Our newest contributor to the site is Nick Varney who is from England. Fans can be from all over, not just from New Jersey. Last week, our featured fan Jenn Murawski just happened to be from NJ. You can see all our fans who have been featured by clicking here. Now this week, we have Mike Farris who lives in Washington, D.C.

Mike Farris stands at center ice with his daughter Natalie.

Mike, 30, is one of the biggest Devils fans around and always drives up to attend games at The Rock. He can usually be found with his 3-year-old daughter Natalie and he also has a 1-year-old son Cameron. Mike spent four years in the United States Army and then two more years in the reserves, so we want to thank him for his service. He has the nickname Prime (@NJDPrime on Twitter) because of his love for Transformers and that stuck with him ever since he was a kid.

Let’s see what Mike has to share with us:

1) What made you become a Devils’ fan?

Growing up in NJ, they were the only team who truly embraced being “Jersey’s team.” That resonated with me as a kid. I loved that they were this underdog team who had never made the playoffs in their existence. I started watching at the end of the 1988 season and after they made it for the 1st time, I really felt connected to them and never looked back.

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

Definitely had its ups and downs. One minute we look like we can beat any contender in this league and the next we look like we would lose to an AHL team. Very frustrating. Jaromir Jagr broke some more records so we got to see some history, but the rest has been pretty frustrating. Watching Cory Schneider do what he has done with what little he has in front of him is amazing.

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

Mike Cammalleri has taken over as my favorite. Always liked him before he was here. His snipes from the right circle are really fun to watch. And the fact that he WANTED to come to NJ.

Former Devil is Scott Stevens. Of course I loved his crushing hits but it was more of his attitude. The way he carried himself, you just knew not to mess with him. And the second you thought he wouldn’t charge into the zone with the puck he’d come up with some clutch goal to win a game or tie it.

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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?

Living four hours away makes it tough to get to The Rock as much as I would like. I come up on the weekends a lot so it’s almost like a mini vacation where I get to come see my friends in NJ and watch my team too. I may be in the minority here but I really feel like the new owners are actually doing a lot to make the building better. Some of the things I’ve heard that they have in store renovation-wise for the future sound really interesting

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

Been at was easily 2012 ECF Game 6. Just the rush of emotion when Adam Henrique potted that goal. Complete strangers picking you up in hugs. It felt like a giant party in Newark that night.

Most memorable watching on television was the 2000 Cup Final Game 6. I was only 11 when we won the Cup in 1995 so even though I remember it, it didn’t really click to me how big of a deal that was to win the Cup. By 2000, I knew better and wanted another one to prove that we weren’t some one year short season fluke. And the Patrik EliasJason Arnott play with Gary Thorn’s call just made it perfect. I’ll never forget that game.

We want to thank Mike for his time and as always, if you want to be featured just contact us on Facebook or Twitter!

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