Darcy Zajac & The AHL Albany Devils Gear Up To Bring More Hockey To Boardwalk Hall

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Isn’t this hockey frenzy going on around Atlantic City lately just absolutely wonderful? We were already stoked before the big Operation Hat Trick news broke because The AHL Albany Devils were already scheduled to play their first of four regular season games at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, November 25th!

The Devils will face off against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, and will come back for games two and three in January against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Adirondack Phantons. The final game of the season to be played at Boardwalk Hall will take place on February February 24th against the Hershey Bears.

We caught up with Devils’ Center Darcy Zajac earlier in the week to hear his thoughts on this AHL season and playing at Boardwalk Hall. Take a look.

Darcy Zajac

TAC: You completed your first full AHL season last year. What is the most memorable moment from the season for you?

Darcy Zajac: I guess the high point for us was when we went to Norfolk. They are a great team and we were struggling all year and we went into their building and came out of it with two wins. It just showed that as a team we could compete with the best. I think that was a good high point.

TAC: What do you think you are bringing to the team this season?

Darcy Zajac: I hope to bring some energy, solid two-way play, competitiveness for my teammates and standing up for them when someone needs to kind of step in.

TAC: What are you most looking forward to about playing four of your home games at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this year?

Darcy Zajac: We have a good fan base there. There’s a lot of energy in the building. It’s a different atmosphere for us, so it brings a little more excitement for the players. It’s always a fun time out there.

TAC: Will you have any time for fun at all while you’re in town? What will you do?

Darcy Zajac: Usually we get in pretty late in the evening, like 3, 4 in the morning, but if there’s time, I’m sure some of the guys will get out there and have a little fun, but I’m not exactly sure how much time we’ll have. Some of the guys like to go gambling or go to a couple nice restaurants and see what the city’s all about.

TAC: What do you like best about being part of such a major organization like The Devils?

Darcy Zajac: It’s just the history. The history of winning and the history of competing. You know if you put the time in and you work hard and you keep at it, that you can be a successful player and have a successful team in the organization over the years.

TAC: How has the fan response been with your team this year in particular as more people are getting their hockey fix with the AHL as the NHL lockout is still currently in effect?

Darcy Zajac: The crowds have been big here. There’s a lot more New Jersey fans that we’ve talked to and have come down to support us and support some of the guys that play for New Jersey, so overall, it’s been good and its brought a little more excitement to our home games.

TAC: Your older brother plays for the NHL New Jersey Devils and your younger one is your teammate. Is it hard to constantly be compared to your brothers?

Darcy Zajac: We all have a different style of game. We all have different styles of play and unfortunately none of us have really played together yet, so it’s tough to really compare us. Travis has been in the NHL and Kelly’s been hurt this season, so we haven’t really got onto the ice all three at once. That would be special though.

TAC: What was it like growing up with three hockey players in the house?

Darcy Zajac: There are actually four of us. I have a younger brother that plays college hockey. It was always go, go, go. My parents were never home. Someone was at the rink or someone needed to get to the rink. It was a lot of fun, ya know? Times were tough for my parents, but we all managed and for the love of the game we played it, and we still are.

TAC: What hockey player did you look up to most growing up?

Darcy Zajac: I didn’t really have a favorite player growing up. My parents always pushed me, and obviously I looked up to Trav and how he accomplished so much at such a young age and did something special. Other than that I just try to go out there and be myself wholeheartedly game in and game out.

TAC: What are your short term and long term career goals?

Darcy Zajac: Short term obviously would be keep playing in the AHL with the long term goal making it one day to the NHL. Especially with no NHL right now and maybe not one coming back, we have the potential of being a good team, and winning a championship would be a great goal and a great memory to have.

 

Good luck with that, Darcy! See you on Sunday. Stick around for a hockey-filled holiday weekend at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City! Get your tickets here!

 

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