Find out the enigma on New Jersey Devils forward Blake Coleman’s notorious association with pickle juice.
Forward Blake Coleman first joined the New Jersey Devils during the 2016-17 campaign and hasn’t looked back. No, that year wasn’t necessarily memorable for the 2011 third-round draft pick, nor was it for a Devils team that finished in last place for the Eastern Conference standings.
Still, No. 20 quickly transformed into a fan favorite and not just for his gritty and entertaining play on the ice.
Fans may have noticed that Coleman is typically associated with pickles and pickle juice-isms over social media and the affiliation has even made its way into the Devils’ in-game entertainment.
But, why exactly is Blake Coleman and pickle juice linked to one another?
NJ.com’s Chris Ryan first broke the story back in October of 2017, after Coleman was spotted drinking pickle juice in the penalty box during a game.
Blake Coleman: Pickle juice spokesman pic.twitter.com/YizrdFEbkV
— Chris Ryan (@ChrisRyan_NJ) October 16, 2017
The Devils and the fans ran away with the comical phenomenon.
The story even made headlines on the team’s latest official podcast when the Devils’ energizer bunny sat down with team reporter Amanda Stein and radio play-by-play host Matt Loughlin.
Ever wondered why @BColes25 obsesses over pickle juice?
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) November 25, 2019
Per the podcast’s post, Coleman began utilizing pickle juice due to “chronic cramping” which he acknowledged also runs in his family.
Coleman also mentioned his pickle juice company, P20. Seriously, a genius move by the Plano, TX native.
While the pickle juice enigma has been entertaining for the fans, so has the dynamic forward’s performance on the ice for a struggling Devils squad. In fact, Coleman has found himself in the rotation for the team’s top-six forwards over the past two seasons.
[Insert obligatory pickle reference]
— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) November 27, 2018
Believe it or not, but he’s actually ranked second on the team with seven goals this season, and he leads the Devils in hits (60) by a landslide (Wayne Simmonds, 39).
Perhaps the rest of New Jersey should consider drinking whatever pickle juice Coleman is because there’s no arguing this team needs a boost.