BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - The Binghamton Devils held its first official team practice on Wednesday as the team prepares for its first preseason game in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania against the Penguins Friday night. The B-Devils meet the Penguins again on Sunday evening for its first home preseason game.
Following practice, Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky talked about what he wants his team's identity to be this season. Kowalsky wants the B-Devils to be tough to play against, a sentiment his players echoed, and Kowalsky believes playing at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena will help his team achieve that goal.
"I think there are certain aspects of this building that can play to our advantage and we certainly want to utilize them," said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "The tight corners, it's always been a good fore-checkers rink, or a tough rink to go back and retrieve pucks and break out of your own end. Just the feeling of the building, it does have the sense that the fans are right on top of you. Combined with the size of it, can certainly create a very advantageous atmosphere for us, and it's certainly something we are going to try to utilize as much as possible."
At least one Binghamton Devils is a big fan of the logo.
"Oh, I love it," said Binghamton Devils defenseman Tim Boyle. "My mom always told me I was a little devil."
After their first taste of the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, the players are excited to call the rink home.
"It's a pretty cozy feel here in this arena," said Binghamton Devils forward Blake Speers. "Obviously looking forward to seeing the fans jammed in here, kind of right on top type of you feeling."
"I think the guys are unbelievable," said Boyle. "The coaching staff is awesome and the trainers are great. I'm really excited to be here. Everyone is excited. The buzz seems to be pretty good."
The B-Devils open its inaugural regular season at home Saturday October 7 against Bridgeport.