New Jersey Devils Players Bring Holiday Smiles to Hospitalized Kids


Spending the holidays in the hospital with a sick child is incredibly difficult. As moms, all we want is to see our babies smiling. So when New Jersey Devils players take time off the ice to bring a little warmth to a child who is suffering, it’s SO heartwarming — a true bright spot for the little fan and his or her family. During the holidays, Devils players and alumni visit patients at each RWJBarnabas Health hospital across New Jersey, bringing along autographs, encouraging words and of course, some cool Devils swag.

It’s a chance for the kids to forget about their medical battles and get a little one-on-one time with athletes they look up to. We tagged along with Devils players John Hayden, Jesper Bratt, Jesper Boqvist as they made their way through Children’s Specialized Hospital, visiting with patients and spreading some much needed holiday cheer. Watching these players walk up to the door and seeing these kids with an ear-to-ear smile is enough to melt the ice.

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A fan and patient at Children’s Specialized Hospital gets a photo with Devils players

This post is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health, which strives for the highest level of care for every #NJMOM and her kids.



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Marisa is a mom to two sweet boys and a little lady (all under 4!) as well as one precious girl in heaven and her heart. A true Jersey girl, Marisa loves raising her family here and embracing all that being a #NJMOM has to offer. Whether it's summer days on Spring Lake beach or down on LBI, or heading out to sample some of the state's best eats (Montclair and Jersey City are favs), family days out and about together are her favorite way to spend a weekend. A former news anchor turned on-air lifestyle host and expert, you might also catch her on TV or in the kitchen cooking up something delish for the littles.