The 2016 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) High School Ice Hockey Championships, presented by Barnabas Health, will take place today at Prudential Center with three games beginning at 4:30 p.m. This marks the 18th year that the New Jersey Devils will host the high school championships, which have featured a number of current NHL players, including Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who participated in the 2007 version as a sophomore with St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City.
The three-game schedule is set as follows: CBA vs. Delbarton in the Non-Public Final at 4:30 p.m., Glen Rock vs. Ramsey in the Public B Championship at 6:30 p.m. and Morristown vs. Randolph in the Public A Championship at 8:30 p.m. Eighty-two schools, including 60 Public and 22 in the Non-Public bracket, are participating in this year’s state tournament. Morristown (Public A), Middletown North (Public B), and Delbarton (Non-Public) all entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed in their respective brackets.
Tickets are priced at $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for students/senior citizens and are available at Prudential Center’s box office. For ticket information, please visit NewJerseyDevils.com/hschamps or call 973-757-6600.
Last season, Randolph defeated Howell, 2-1, in the Public A Championship; Middletown North defeated Ramsey, 5-4, in the Public B Final; and CBA defeated Delbarton School, 4-3, in the Non-Public School Championship. Delbarton School has tallied the most championships overall at The Rock with six consecutive wins in the Non-Public group from 2008-2013, and competing in every final ever hosted at the building. Randolph leads the Public A group with five wins, including a three-peat from 2011-2013, while Chatham has two wins in the Public B group.
In addition to Palmieri, seven NHL players have come through the ranks of the NJSIAA High School Ice Hockey Championships, including former Devils player Jim Dowd along with George Parros, John Carlson, James van Riemsdyk, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Johnny Gaudreau and Kenny Agostino.