NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Devils right wing Damien Brunner was very excited to take part in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
Just don’t ask him about the Yankees, because he can’t tell you the first thing about them.
The 27-year-old Swiss walked into a baseball stadium for the first time on Saturday, according to NJ.com, and he was given retired Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte’s former locker.
No, Brunner has never heard of the Yankees legend.
He’s also never heard of future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.
“No,” Brunner said when asked if he’s heard of the Yankees’ captain, according to the website. “…No. The only baseball I know is (Justin) Verlander … because of the Tigers last year.”
That would make sense, as Brunner spent his rookie season playing for the Red Wings.
“We don’t watch football, we don’t watch baseball,” Brunner told NJ.com. “We watch basketball and soccer.”
Fair enough. Understandable. But what does the Devil think of America’s game?
“There’s probably not that much action as hockey, but obviously they fill the arenas pretty good,” the forward told the website. “I don’t want to say anything against it.”
Unsurprisingly, Brunner was very impressed with the stadium and the setup. He also was a big fan of the Yankees’ clubhouse.
“Awesome,” the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder told NJ.com. “Especially the big screen. To the (fans) who do not have the best view to the ice, at least they’ll see it on the big screen. It’s an experience to be here and get the feeling around the game. Some seats are actually not the best to watch a hockey game, but we’ll see.
“This dressing room takes it to a whole different level. Our dressing room at the Prudential Center is obviously first class and everything, and we feel like it’s home, but this is just three times as big. It’s fun being here and seeing how they spend their days at the arena. It’s great. I love it.”
In his first season with the Devils, Brunner has nine goals and seven assists in 34 games played.
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