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Devils Sign Nine-Year Old Santino Anastasia to One-Day Contract

(Photo by Catalina Fragoso - Double G Media)

(Photo by Catalina Fragoso – Double G Media)


The New Jersey Devils signed nine-year old Santino Anastasia to a one-day contract as part of their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Friday, October 28.

Anastasia, from Kinnelon, New Jersey, is a Devils fan being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After signing his one-day contract with the team, he was given a tour of the locker room and showed off his new stick to the rest of the players around the room.

In addition to the photo opportunities with the team and autograph sessions, Anastasia will participate in the pregame warmups as the Devils prepare to battle the Chicago Blackhawks. The Devils will also be wearing special lavender jerseys during the pregame skate as part of their Hockey Fights Cancer efforts.

Before the game, he will also drop the ceremonial first puck.

In talking about the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer week, Devils head coach, John Hynes said, “It is an opportunity for us in sports where you have an opportunity on a public stage to support great causes. Hockey Fights Cancer is something that is a great cause and helps with a deadly disease. It is nice to be part of it, and it is our job as players and coaches in the league to be able help people in need.”

Hynes added that Anastasia could help the team out by stepping into the lineup. The coach told,, “He definitely has a lot of character, so you can make all kind of room for those guys.”

The special warm-up jerseys will be auctioned off after the game and the players’ wives and girlfriends will be on the concourse, as soon as the doors open, selling the Mystery Pucks and T-shirts. Proceeds from the sales will benefit; The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at The Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

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