4 Enjoyable Information About New Jersey Devils’ Miles Wooden

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Right now Miles Wooden turns 27 years outdated. The second longest-tenured New Jersey Devils ahead made his NHL debut in the course of the 2015-16 marketing campaign and has appeared in 326 profession video games and picked up 121 factors (65 objectives, 56 assists). Sadly he missed final season after having surgical procedure on his proper hip. He tried to return again in late March and performed three video games earlier than the choice was made to close him down for the rest of the 2021-22 marketing campaign. There’s numerous pleasure about getting a wholesome Wooden again on the ice, as his presence was missed final season. Listed below are 4 enjoyable info in regards to the Devils’ winger.

1. Wooden Attended the Identical Boarding College as Two Different Devils Gamers

Wooden attended the Noble and Greenough College in Dedham, Massachusetts. The five-day boarding college is for college students in grades seven by 12 and was based as an all-boys preparatory college for Harvard College. The now co-educational college is 10 miles exterior of Boston and its record of alumni consists of three hockey gamers who suited up for New Jersey together with Wooden, Mark Fayne and the late Jimmy Hayes. Wooden by no means suited up alongside Fayne who was a member of the Edmonton Oilers when the Buffalo, NY native made his Devils debut however did play with Hayes in the course of the 2017-18 season in New Jersey.

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It was additionally throughout this time that Wooden first got here involved with future teammate Brian Boyle. Throughout an interview in 2017, he recounted the occasion and admitted the 6-foot-7 veteran wouldn’t doubtless bear in mind their assembly.

“I used to be choosing up pucks and I walked in [to the locker room] behind him,” he mentioned. “He most likely doesn’t bear in mind this story however I do. I appeared as much as this man and mentioned ‘Oh my God,’ as a result of he’s 6-5 or no matter. He sat down in my stall and I believed it was the best factor on the earth {that a} professional hockey participant is sitting in my stall.” (from ‘Miles Wooden particulars humorous encounter with new Satan Brian Boyle again in highschool’, NJ.com, 07/14/17)

2. As a Little one Wooden Wrote a Letter to Ovechkin Requesting an Autograph

The 6-foot-2 ahead finally lived out his childhood dream when he performed in opposition to this idol, Alexander Ovechkin. On the age of 11, Wooden wrote a letter to the Washington Capitals’ captain asking him to autograph his hockey card. Inside the letter, he wrote that if Ovechkin didn’t signal and return the cardboard he would examine him the primary time he bought the possibility to play in opposition to him when he made it to the NHL.

The cardboard was by no means returned, however generally issues are well worth the wait.

Quick ahead to Dec. 29, 2016, when Wooden was within the lineup at Verizon Middle getting ready to faceoff in opposition to Ovechkin and the Capitals. Throughout warmups, he recalled the second they acknowledged one another.

“After I was in warmups I appeared over at [Ovechkin] and we smiled at one another sort factor,” Wooden mentioned throughout an interview with Tom Gulitti. “That was good to see him on the market. He’s enormous in individual, in order that’s one thing I realized.”

After the sport the 2 gamers met within the hallway and Ovechkin apologized for not sending the cardboard again. All’s nicely that ends nicely although as Wooden lastly bought his autograph, and didn’t ship on his promise to examine Ovechkin in the course of the sport.

3. There Are 4 Groups Wooden Has Not Registered a Level Towards

It’s onerous to consider Wooden can be getting into his eighth season carrying the Devils’ crest. He scored his first profession purpose in opposition to the Winnipeg Jets in 2016 and earned a hat trick in opposition to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017. All through his profession, he has collected objectives and assists, however in any case this time there are nonetheless a handful of golf equipment he has but to have fun in opposition to. The Seattle Kraken are apparent as a result of he has but to go well with up in opposition to the league’s latest franchise due to final season’s damage. The different three are the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, and San Jose Sharks. He’ll get an opportunity to rectify these stats as his crew faces the Sharks on Oct. 22, the Avalanche on Oct. 28, the Stars on Jan. 27, and eventually the Kraken on Jan. 19.

4. Wooden Virtually Stopped Enjoying Hockey to Pursue Golf

Again in 2019 MSG Networks revealed a video asking ‘Which Satan Has The Finest Golf Recreation’ and after some debate, it was decided Wooden would take that title. Former head coach John Hynes, Andy Greene and Kyle Palmieri gave him the honors and the bodily ahead admitted that he virtually stopped taking part in hockey to pursue golf. If followers scroll by the winger’s Instagram account they’ll come throughout a video of a youthful Wooden out on the inexperienced. Throughout an unique interview with crew reporter Amanda Stein, he talked about how final season’s damage and restoration would have been simpler to cope with if he in reality was a golfer. 

“The toughest factor for me is that if I performed golf, it wouldn’t be an issue as a result of it’s all about me, however while you deliver a crew surroundings into that alternative, you’re not solely hurting your self, however you’re hurting the crew. That was the hardest capsule to swallow,” Wooden shared in an unique interview with NJD.TV.

Miles Wood New Jersey Devils
Miles Wooden, New Jersey Devils (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

The now 27-year-old signed a one-year contract price $3.2 million on Aug. 4 and can be an unrestricted free agent on the conclusion of the deal. Wooden should show final season’s obstacles gained’t gradual him down as he hopes to rediscover his sport over the following a number of months. He has beforehand said he likes head coach Lindy Ruff’s system and thinks it could actually profit his sport. The top coach is simply as excited to get the winger again, and through an interview with Stein, mentioned he’s actually wanting ahead to him being wholesome as a result of he’s a giant a part of the crew.


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