A Draft of Dreams in the Garden State

By Dawn Miller
2013 NHL Draft: A Garden of Dreams in Jersey
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Typically, attending professional sports drafts are of interest to the athletes involved and their immediate family. Yet, people actually lined up a couple of days in advance for the opportunity to observe the recent NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. Amazing really when you consider that there isn’t a whole lot of action involved just a lot of sitting, waiting and talking.

Yet, for New Jersey Devils fans and hockey enthusiasts in the tri-state area, this summer’s NHL draft brings forth an air of excitement because it will be taking place in the Garden State. The draft will be held on Sunday, June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Even Martin Brodeur, the Devils’ future Hall of Fame goaltender will be there. Of course, his interest is of a more personal nature. His eldest son, Anthony, has an outside chance of being chosen.

“I’ll be here,” Brodeur said in an interview in The Star Ledger. “My son is really excited. I know it’s a long shot for him to get drafted. But if he does, it would be awesome.”

The younger Brodeur is currently completing his senior year at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota where he is a goaltender just like dad. In case you were wondering, Shattuck is the hockey high school which has helped develop some top draft picks such as Zach Parise, Jonathan Towes and yes even Sidney Crosby spent a year in its famed hallways.

For the rest of us who have future wannabe draft picks who dream of someday pulling on an NHL sweater and would love the opportunity to attend, there are a limited number of free tickets which will be available to the general public via a lottery. You must fill out an entry form by Friday, June 7 and winners will be notified via e-mail by June 21.

According to the Prudential Center website, only season ticket holders are guaranteed tickets to the event. If you are a Devil season ticket holder, you should call 1-800-NJDevil to snag yours.


Dawn Miller is a New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter, ‘Like’ her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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