The members of Montclair's first girls ice hockey team got a nice surprise this week.

After New Jersey Devils part-owner David Blitzer read about the team's inaugural season in Montclair Local, he invited the girls to the Devils owner's suite Sunday for their game against the St. Louis Blues, according to Evan Cutler, father of player Mia Cutler.

"It was a great reward for all their hard work trying to navigate the bureaucracy of the school system and get a new sport started at the high school," Evan cutler wrote to Montclair Local. The team is not currently formally affiliated with Montclair High School, but is coached by MHS hockey coach Connor Smith.

He shot this video of the scene that awaited the girls before they arrives.

Natalie Smith, the Montclair High School junior who founded the team, got to ride the Zamboni between periods.

"Imagine getting to cross that off your bucket list while still in high school," Cutler wrote.

Players also met with Kate Madigan, executive director of hockey management and operations with the Devils.

Members of Montclair's first girls ice hockey team met with Kate Madigan, executive director of hockey management and operations with the New Jersey Devils, at Sunday's Devils game. (COURTESY EVAN CUTLER)
Members of Montclair's first girls ice hockey team met with Kate Madigan, executive director of hockey management and operations with the New Jersey Devils, at Sunday's Devils game. (COURTESY EVAN CUTLER)
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