New Jersey Devils Fan Spotlight: Alex From Wayne


At Pucks and Pitchforks, we hope that everyone is enjoying the Fan Spotlight pieces about your fellow New Jersey Devils supporters. Our goal is to bring everyone a closer look at fans of our beloved hockey team. We’re a few months into this piece and the results have been very positive. It’s a great feature because we get to meet fans from all over, not just New Jersey. Last week we spotlighted Mike from Washington, D.C. and you can see all of our participants by clicking here.

This week we have Alex Knierim joining us from Wayne, NJ. She currently is working as a receptionist in a law firm and also goes to school. Alex is almost done with her early childhood education program at Passaic County Community College and may want to look into working with animals. She doesn’t play any sports, but she loves watching them – mainly hockey of course – as long as it’s not soccer or basketball.

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

A collage of Alex Knierim with various Devils – Cory Schneider, Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias.

1) What made you become a Devils’ fan?

I remember going to Continental Airlines Arena with my family when I was younger, not just to see ice hockey, but many figure skating shows as well.  You could say that I was always been a fan of “ice” sports. As I got older, I began attending more and more Devils games and slowly got hooked on ice hockey.

I wasn’t too happy when the Devils moved further away to Newark, but I started going to the Prudential Center in 2012 when a close friend of mine brought me to a game. Right then and there, I knew I had wanted to become a Season Ticket Holder. I enjoyed being a spectator, but eventually I did become a devoted fan and a Season Ticket Holder. I am currently entering my third year and have no intention of leaving anytime soon.

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

There is no denying – we are not the All-Star team that we all remember from 1995. Our lineups need to be changed. Hell, several players on our team need to be changed. But you know what? I will always love my team because I know when they actually put their skills to their skates, they do have the skills to WIN again. I for one, do not doubt the skills of our goalie, Cory Schneider.

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

Current player is Adam Henrique, NOT because the girls think he is the “hottest” player – but because he is going to be one of the future leaders of this team and that was obvious from when he first started playing.

Former player is Ken Daneyko, Mr. Devil himself because he is always so friendly to the fans and pleasant to talk to.  His retro jersey will be my next purchase.

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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?

I love being at the Rock. It is my home away from home, a place that I can just relax and enjoy the show. No matter how we play on certain nights, you will find me at every home game – I almost never miss a game. I love my section and plan on staying there as long as I can.

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

I’m sure everyone will be talking about an actual game but my story is a little different. Last year on December 20, 2014, even though we lost 4-0 against the Washington Capitals, it was my “birthday game.”  I had made a sign earlier that day that read “Win or Lose, I NEVER BOO my team!”

I was sick and tired of hearing our fan base boo our team. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people had stopped to tell me how wonderful my sign was and how true! Many applauded me and shouted “Hell Yeah!”  I had an older gentleman from the Czech Republic wearing a Czech Jagr jersey who asked if he could take a picture with me along with the poster so he could show his friends back home what a true fan I was.

We want to thank Alex for her time. If you would like to be featured, contact us on Facebook or Twitter!

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