Morristown, NJ -- The New Jersey Inaugural 2010 Committee announced today a special event occurring in conjunction with the celebration of Governor Chris Christie and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno's inauguration. On the evening of the 19th, the ice at the AmeriHealth Pavilion will be open to The Hockey in Newark Program for a scrimmage and clinic, with representatives of the New Jersey Devils joining the event. The Hockey in Newark Program, established in 2003, provides hockey equipment, instruction and facilities to youth in Newark as a way to encourage physical activity, teamwork and the positive benefits of organized sports. The AmeriHealth Pavilion is located within the Prudential Center, and is the practice ice of the New Jersey Devils.
The hockey scrimmage and clinic will take place between 5pm and 7pm on the ice, with a pizza party to follow. Governor Chris Christie will stop by to meet the young players.
Hockey in Newark is a non-profit organization that was conceived out of a desperate need to supply a feeder source for East Side High School's ice hockey team. As the only urban high school program in the state, the team had struggled for decades relying on the pure athleticism of its students who joined the team with absolutely no playing experience. Now, due to the program's popularity and success, a varsity and junior varsity hockey team has been established at East Side High School, its roster full of Hockey in Newark alums. Recently, a traveling team, the Newark Americans, was established. Hockey in Newark is a NHL diversity program and is sponsored by the New Jersey Devils.