Jack Robilotti wasn’t thrilled.
A diehard New York Rangers fan, the Manhattan native as a 12-year-old was surrounded by the colors and logos of his favorite team’s fiercest rivals as he played for the New Jersey Devils youth club in a game at the New York Islanders home arena, Nassau Coliseum.
“Looking back on it, it’s funny,” the defenseman, now 18, chuckled. “But when I was a kid, I was a little mad to be doing that.”
Robilotti’s anger eventually subsided. His talent, though, remained.