The New Jersey Devils showed they are serious in their bid to toughen up for a potential playoff push by inviting several rough customers to the Prudential Center on Wednesday.

Former WWE heavyweight champion CM Punk joined fellow UFC brawlers Corey Anderson, Chris Wade and Jessica Eye along with the retired Forrest Griffin in taking some of the Devils through the paces. Chris Provino, who is UFC manager of athlete development, was also on hand.

"Do I have everybody's attention now?" - @CMPunk pic.twitter.com/MrvjDqLoEc

— Devils Insiders (@DevilsInsiders) January 20, 2016

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Wade, who is a Long Island native, was quick to share his excitement with a post on social media.

Very excited to have the opportunity to be training today with the New Jersey Devils! I'm a huge hockey fan so I'm really looking forward to the experience. Our gear looks sickk too! @njdevils @ufc #NHL #hockey #islandstrong #12

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Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, has yet to make his UFC debut after making an abrupt departure from the WWE in 2014. The Chicago-born fighter admitted he had difficulty coming to grips with skating with another NHL team outside of his beloved Blackhawks.

Tell fifteen year old me that in the future, I'll skate with the @NJDevils on the same day a comic from @Marvel written by me drops... #yup

— Coach (@CMPunk) January 21, 2016

Defenseman Damon Severson was quick to get Punk on the ice while forwards Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri broke bread with the tough contingent.

Cool moment today having @ForrestGriffin drop the puck for @CMPunk and myself. Great meeting you guys! pic.twitter.com/cf9HecVq4j

— Damon Severson (@dseves7) January 20, 2016

New Jersey (23-19-5) has been one of the surprise stories of the NHL this season as it finds itself in the conversation for an elusive postseason berth. The Devils have missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons.

Great to have dinner tonight with @ForrestGriffin @CMPunk @CWadeMMA @CoreyA_MMA @jessicaevileye @kylepalmieri pic.twitter.com/2jZON7PNTp

-- Adam Henrique (@AdamHenrique) January 21, 2016

The Prudential Center is not only the home of the NHL team but also the venue for UFC on FOX 18 on Jan. 30.

That's all for today's workouts! @UFC @ForrestGriffin @CMPunk @Weatherford5 @jessicaevileye @CWadeMMA @CoreyA_MMA pic.twitter.com/FCHwQRpVaB

— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) January 20, 2016