“Painted Classic” Replicated in the NHL
The Thunder’s WE PAINT the Ice Night was wildly successful here in Stockton among the fans and of course our painters but the event which is just shy of 4-months-old continues to be replicated across the hockey community.
It started with the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs’ “pink the rink” promotion when they allowed fans to write the names of those impacted by breast cancer on their already pink ice.
Just over a month after the Thunder hosted the painting and the first regular season game to be played on fan painted ice, the Florida Everblades hosted the Gwinnett Gladiators in the second ever regular season game on fan painted ice and became the second team to take inspiration from the event that began right here in Stockton.
Now we turn to the NHL, and while the top league may not be ready for a regular season game on fan painted ice, they do recognize this as a great community and kids event! The New Jersey Devils are the first NHL club to replicate the Thunder’s painted ice promotion during their inaugural Friends & Family Paint and Skate on Friday, April 25 where fans were invited to paint on the ice at the Prudential Center.
Over 600 fans participated in the Devils’ festivities resulting in a multicolored canvas that coated the entire ice surface!
You can check out the time lapse shot of fans painting the ice below or you can check out the photos posted on NewJerseyDevils.com!
We are very proud that this promotion has garnered such positive attention for our community and cannot thank you fans enough for your receptiveness to the promotion, and of course, the best ever fan painted ice surface!