Martin Brodeur may still be a free agent, but on the New Jersey Devils’ opening night, the Devils’ legend covered the ice.
In a stunning 3D display on-ice display, some of the former Devils goaltender and legendary NHL keeper’s career highlights were included in an eye-popping opening video. For their home opener, the Devils revealed a state-of-the-art on-ice projection system that is the first of its kind in the NHL. Though you’ve seen on-ice projection in the Quebec League and even just across the border in Montreal, the Devils system is the first permanent fixture in the pros.
The light show, which highlighted the entire history of the team to the tune of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, was breathtaking. In just three short minutes, the video outlined the Devils first victory, three Stanley Cups, and other big moments in the franchise’s history.
Chills. The entire video is made more incredible by the chorus of “Let’s Go Devils!” as the lights go down.
Sure, the Devils have failed to qualify for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons; it doesn’t mean they’re not going to continue to innovate. And while it may not be on the ice, the Devils have surely put time and effort into making sure fans get their money’s worth when they stroll into Prudential Center.
Complete with 12 HD projectors, the system is able to provide the Devils’ game operations staff with the forced-perspective 3D that fans see. The Devils have said the process took the team roughly three months to complete.
You can take a look at the background of the system and how it came to be below: