Sunday, December 18, 2005

Lakewood Devils reaction

The Devil players were not the only ones stunned.

app :

He has played for teams in Montreal, Los Angeles and Nova Scotia, has coached teams in New Jersey and California, but Larry Robinson was not familiar with this little dot on the Jersey Shore.
"Where is Lakewood?" Robinson asked.
Exit 88 or 89, he was told, right off the Garden State Parkway. If Robinson hopped in his car, he could be there in about an hour.
A few moments earlier, when the New Jersey head coach first learned the Devils are negotiating with Lakewood officials to move their American Hockey League affiliate there, Robinson warmed to the idea.
"It would be nice if they were only an hour away to be able to zip up and see them play once in a while from a selfish (standpoint)," Robinson said.
The Devils' contract with the Albany River Rats is set to expire at the end of the season, and New Jersey owner Jeff Vanderbeek is exploring the possibility of putting a minor league team in Ocean County...
"I think it's a tremendous area and I think it's a great idea," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "They've done a great job down there with their minor league baseball team."
Lamoriello has visited the site of the proposed $40-$50 million, 7,000-seat arenato be built opposite the parking lot of FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies — and loves the location.
The venue's relatively close proximity to the team's new arena in Newark would allow Lamoriello to shuttle players between the minor league team and the professional club with greater ease. It also would help the Devils grow their fan base in an area peppered with Devils, Rangers and Flyers fans.
"You build something if you're able to stay in the same state," Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said...
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