Devils to celebrate Pride Night against Oilers on Thursday

In an effort to promote pride, diversity & inclusion, the New Jersey Devils will host their annual Pride Night on Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center.

The club’s second “Hockey Is For Everyone” game of the season will feature custom-designed jerseys, honorees and in-game features to reflect the Devils’ longstanding commitment to social issues.

As has been the case with other themed nights, the players have the option to wear the specially designed jerseys upon arrival to the Prudential Center. Those jerseys will be auctioned between Dec. 21-28, with proceeds benefiting Hyacinth, a local health care service provider.

Fans will be able to place their bids here.

Additional funds raised through that night’s 50/50 will benefit Out Montclair, a nonprofit organization created to raise awareness and provide support and solidarity for the LGBTQIA+ community of Montclair.

The jerseys for the Devils’ Pride Night were custom designed by a local artist, Kathryn Kennedy, from Kearny. Inspired by traditional collage art, Kennedy said she worked in an abstract style to create the crest of the jersey, which represents “coming out” within the LGBTQIA+ community.

“I like to work in abstracts,” she said. “This design is supposed to represent coming out, this notion of breaking the barrier to be able to live freely and openly.

“I strayed from using an easily identifiable border, as well as having groups of circles break away from the larger clusters/logo, to further the idea of breaking the barrier. I overlapped the groups of circles and used colors from the pride flag to continue to symbolize hope and an interconnected community.

“These theme nights let people who are a part of their respective communities know that they’re seen, heard and welcome. It’s a huge honor to be involved with the Devils’ Pride Night, and my hope is that I’ve created something that helps others feel accepted and appreciated.”

Fans can visit the Newark Winter Village at Mulberry Commons Park featuring Devils Alumni, carnival games and food trucks leading up to the game. Heated igloos are also available for rent for one-hour blocks. (Reservations here.)

In honor of the Devils’ Pride Night, there will be multiple game-experience events, including:

  • The national anthem will be sung by Max DeFrancesco, a longtime guest singer of the New Jersey Devils representing the LGBTQIA+ community;
  • The Devils will honor Patrolwoman Dana Page, member of LGTBQIA+ community, and police officer for Long Branch Police Department, as Hero of the Game.;
  • DJ BPN will be performing pregame and at the 1st and 2nd intermissions. DJ BPN, who grew up in New Jersey, is a member and proud supporter of the LGBT community;
  • In-bowl graphics, LED rings, IPTV loops and studio assets will feature the Pride look and feel, which will also be reflected on the Devils’ social media channels throughout the evening.