New Jersey Devils Donate 10,000 Tickets to RWJBarnabas Health Front-line Workers and Launch “Stick Taps at 7” Initiative to Applaud First Responders in Honor of National Nurses Day and Week

Devils honor front-line workers with daily acknowledgement video posts from players, alumni, management, coaches, season ticket members and corporate partners.

Devils partner with season ticket members donate additional pairs of 2020-21 home game tickets to healthcare workers in “pay it forward” program.

Newark, NJ – May 6, 2020 – In honor of National Nurses Day and Week, the New Jersey Devils have today announced the donation of 10,000 tickets for the 2020-21 season to RWJBarnabas Health front-line healthcare workers, a new “Stick Taps at 7” social media tribute campaign and a “Pay it Forward” Season Ticket Member and Plan Holder ticket donation program. To launch these new initiatives, the team has unveiled a tribute video honoring New Jersey healthcare responders and “Stick Taps” videos featuring Devils players Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac, Jack Hughes and more. The initiatives follow significant monetary and medical supply-based donations made by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) Founders Josh Harris and David Blitzer and the New Jersey Devils to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund over the past two months.

The team’s new “Stick Taps at 7,” social media campaign honors front-line heroes in New Jersey and across the country. Beginning Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. EST, Devils social media platforms will post videos of team players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff, Black and Red Members and corporate partners saluting doctors, nurses and healthcare workers with “stick taps” in appreciation.

As part of the team’s “Pay it Forward” program, the Devils have pledged to donate an additional pair of tickets to RWJBarnabas healthcare workers in conjunction with Season Ticket and Plan Members who push credits forward to the 2020-21 season. Through the team’s partnership with RWJBarnabas, healthcare providers will receive tickets from the Devils 10,000-ticket gift and “Pay it Forward” program.

These tribute initiatives, in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, follow significant donations made to RWJBarnabas Health’s Emergency Response Fund by HBSE Founders Harris and Blitzer and the New Jersey Devils in March 2020. The donations went to the purchase of critical equipment and supplies, to help combat the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including personal protective equipment (PPE), N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, eye protection, and other critically needed equipment. On March 21, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center staff compiled stocked medical supplies, including nearly 7,000 pairs of gloves, 10,000 hand sanitizer units and soap, sprays, wipes and other cleaning supplies for donation to RWJBarnabas Health’s network of 13 hospitals and 35,000 system employees across New Jersey.

“Each passing day we are filled with more gratitude for frontline healthcare workers who continue to dedicate themselves to help the residents of New Jersey, and we are humbled and honored to show our appreciation for them with these new team initiatives,” said New Jersey Devils President Jake Reynolds. “We are proud to stand alongside our partners, RWJBarnabas Health, as we salute frontline workers whose strength and resilience mirrors the determination of our New Jersey communities, our players and our Devils family.”

“We are incredibly appreciative of the Devils commitment to donate tickets to RWJBarnabas Health frontline workers and their families, as they are the selfless, dedicated heroes during this critical time,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. “Josh Harris, David Blitzer and the entire Devils organization have offered tremendous support to our entire system and I am sure our frontline staff can’t wait to cheer on the Devils when they are back on the ice.”

Media may click here to download the tribute video (password: DevilsP1), This continues the Devils commitment to the community with PSAs for COVID-19 relief efforts and future “Stick Taps” including Devils players P.K. Subban, Jack Hughes, Travis Zajac, Kyle Palmeri, Connor Carrick, and alumni Martin Brodeur and Ken Daneyko.

Individuals or organizations interested in donating funds and/or personal protective equipment (PPE) to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund please click here.

RWJBarnabas Health is the Official Healthcare Provider of the New Jersey Devils.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick, RWJUH Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH Hamilton, RWJUH Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

About the New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils are part of the 31-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they are currently in their 36th season in the Garden State. During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships: 1995, 2000 and 2003. Follow the Devils at www.newjerseydevils.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The New Jersey Devils organization is a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property.