He’s been all around the NHL, but he’s happy to be back.
Jim Dowd began his 16-year NHL career in New Jersey, making stops along the way in Vancouver, Long Island, Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota, Montreal, Chicago, Colorado, and Philadelphia.
But he's right at home in the Garden State, which is where it all began for the Brick native. He won a high school state title with Brick Township before capturing the Stanley Cup as a Devil in 1995.
Now an active member of the Devils’ Alumni Association, Dowd participated in his first Jersey Tour visit at Hoboken Bar and Grill on Thursday.
“This is great getting out into the public like this,” Dowd said. “Guys like Bruce Driver, Kenny Daneyko, Grant Marshall, Jeff Vanderbeek, the owner – it’s great. I played for 10 teams. When you do this, you create new fans and it’s good for the brand. The fans love this kind of stuff and it’s nothing but a positive thing.”
Dowd’s Shoot for the Stars Foundation will be holding its 13th annual Shore High School All-Star Ice Hockey Game this Sunday, Aug. 8. The event features the best high school players from Monmouth and Ocean counties and will take place at the Red Bank Armory Ice Complex at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Past MVPs have included Middletown native and current NHLer James van Riemsdyk.
A 50/50 prize raffle will be held for NHL signed memorabilia, and auction items will include a Zach Parise
Proceeds from the event are donated to the Brick Stars “Special Need” Challengers Ice Hockey program, which is offered to players in Monmouth and Ocean counties age 5-17 with mental challenges.
For more information on the event, including details on how to pledge your support, please call 732-701-9215 or visit the foundation’s site at jdsftsf.com