Newark, NJ – Glenn Hefferan of Ridgewood, NJ, was today named recipient of the 2012 Service to New Jersey Hockey Award. The award is named for the late Dr. John J. McMullen, who brought professional ice hockey to the Garden State in 1982. It has been presented annually since 1984 by the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils to an individual or individuals who have supported amateur hockey throughout the state.
Hefferan, 47, has served on the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association Board over the past 25 years. He has been president of the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League for 20 seasons, after being elected to that post in the spring of 1991. Hefferan has served on the USA Hockey Marketing and Junior Councils, as well as various committees since 1994.
He was a member of USA Hockey’s Board of Directors for nine years, 1997-2006. In 2003, Hefferan was a driving force behind the formation of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League, a 20-and-under college development league; and in 1999, helped create the Atlantic Women's Hockey League, now known as the Mid-Atlantic Women's Hockey Association. He served as Team Leader for the 1996 USA Hockey Domestic Junior Team that took the Silver Medal at the Viking Cup in Camrose, Alta.
Hefferan was head coach of Hudson Catholic High School Hockey from 1988 to 1990, while also spending time as co-director of youth hockey’s Jersey City Capitals from the mid to late 1980's.
Glenn and his wife, Mary, reside in Ridgewood, NJ with their daughter, Janet, and son, David.