Devils players and alumni hit the links for a good cause on Tuesday, teeing off at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton for their 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic.
The event brings together former Devils who develop fund raisers, participate in worthwhile community service programs and promote amateur hockey throughout the year.
Proceeds from the event help association members attend more than 300 charitable events a year, while also helping to fund the Devils’ high school scholarship program.
This year, the Association took an active role in supporting Mikey Nichols, the Monroe ice hockey player who suffered a broken neck while playing in a high school game last January. The Devils' $25,000 donation went toward a custom vehicle for Nichols' special transportation needs.
“I visited him in a rehab center about a month ago,” Alumni Association Director Bruce Driver said. “His parents were so excited and so happy that we were a part of the family. They’re actually Rangers fans, but I can tell you, the impact we had in supporting him – and it wasn’t just the money, it was people in our office keeping in contact with the family, finding out how he’s doing on a day-to-day basis, and he is getting a lot better.”
Three-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Daneyko, who's set to join the MSG broadcast booth this season, makes time for the golf classic every year.
“It’s great that the Devils Alumni Association is able to raise money and give it to some real good charitable causes along the way,” Daneyko said.
An early downpour gave way to sunny afternoon skies, reminiscences about past seasons and meet and greets with supporters.
“You get to meet some nice Devil fans that contribute to the cause, and Bruce does a nice job with the Alumni and the Devils putting this on,” said 1995 Cup champ John MacLean.
Alumni in attendance included Aaron Broten, Shawn Chambers, Jim Dowd, Randy McKay, Tommy Albelin, Chris Terreri and Chico Resch, who will be honored at Prudential Center before the Devils host Dallas on Oct. 24.
Out on the course, Jacob Josefson’s group took the top spot in the Team Scramble, followed by MacLean in second and Ryan Carter in third. Carter also took the longest drive on hole 9E.