{Game, Dream} On

In exactly one hour, the doors to the Meadowlands (sorry, the Continental Airlines Arena) open for the first NHL game of the Devils' season. It's the first night of "real" hockey after nearly sixteen months of hiatus. Game on. It's about time.

I am celebrating by donning one of my "formal" Devils t-shirts. What makes a t-shirt formal? No, not one of those silly tuxedo t-shirts. This is one I can wear to the rink. I can wear it to Dunkies. It doesn't have holes or stains, and it hasn't shrunk from too many washings to become an unintentional belly shirt. The only thing formal about it is that it sports the tail and horns of our home town hockey heads.

On the left coast, sporting #57 in a purple, black and white LA Kings uniform, will be George Parros, making his NHL debut tonight. Parros is a Jersey boy, having played in the Morris County rec league, with the NJ Devils Youth Hockey Club (where yours truly is the head manager) and four years at Princeton University. He was drafted 222nd overall by the Kings, and wasn't given much of a chance of playing in the bigs. But he works hard -- the same school of hard work (literally) that helped fellow ex-Tiger Jeff Halpern land a spot with the Caps.

For the 17 boys on my team, and the 900 or so who play Morris County rec hockey, it's a chance to be proud as one of their own makes the big time. I'll be watching, because for every Sidney Crosby story, there are hundreds of George Parros stories waiting to be told. Everyone may want to be the next Crosby, but it's more likely you'll be the next George Parros if you want to play in the NHL. Either way, it's nice to dream on.

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But Red Wings will win it all in the end:-) It is so great that hockey is back. Jeff Vagg

Posted by Jeff Vagg on October 05, 2005 at 01:52 PM EDT #

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