There were so many things that we were looking forward to in 2021. We thought that by now, the coronavirus pandemic would be in the rearview mirror and things would start to get back to "normal."

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As we know by now, that's not true. One of the things that I miss is no hockey in the Southern Tier. As you probably know by now, the Binghamton Devil's home games will be played in Newark, New Jersey instead of Binghamton.

The AHL season is set to begin on February 5th and there are many things that we'll miss including Chuck-a-Puck, Devil Dawg, and Paul letting the officials on the ice know how he feels about the job they are doing.

We can add another thing that we'll miss and it won't be coming back next year either. The Devils posted on Facebook that one of the biggest Binghamton superfans out there, Edwin "Fast Eddy" Jones, sadly has passed away.

He would delight us by dancing to "The Twist" during the game. If the crowd needed a pick-me-up, it was Fast Eddie to the rescue with his smooth moves.

The camera would find him doing his thing and the arena would light up and we knew good things were coming for the Binghamton Whalers/Rangers/Senators/Devils. He has been a part of Binghamton hockey for as long as I can remember.

We would feel cheated if we didn't see him on the big screen during the game. He would be at every game and I would make sure to say "hello" to him at pretty much every game.

He was 53 and is no longer hurting. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20th at the DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Ave. in Binghamton. Funeral services will be private and he'll be interred in Kattelville Cemetery.

The sad part is that we won't be able to say goodbye to "Fast Eddie" at the Visions Federal Credit Union Veterans Memorial Arena this season. As they say, "there's always next year" but as we know, that isn't true for everything or everyone.

RIP Eddie, you'll be missed.

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