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DREAM Newark continues partnership with Devils with Day of Service

DREAM recognizes Devils Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer for their commitment to the community

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com

DREAM recognizes Devils

DREAM recognizes Devils

DREAM continued its partnership with the Devils, Prudential Center and The Harris Family Charitable Foundation with a day of service

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NEWARK, N.J. (August 8, 2018)- New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center Managing Partners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, were honored at DREAM Newark during a celebration at B.R.I.C.K Peshine Academy on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The day was filled with learning, reading and fun with over 140 students engaging in New Jersey Devils games and activations. Josh Harris was joined by his wife, Marjorie, in this extraordinary event that helped to foster the partnership between the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. The Harris Family Charitable Foundation recently helped fund a grant to DREAM Newark for a literacy program and provide youth access to the powerful benefits of playing baseball and softball.

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#MikeyStrong/WFAN Boomer & Carton Game Huge Success

Third Annual #MikeyStrong/Reeve Foundation Charity Game Raises Awareness for Spinal Cord Research

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS / newjerseydevils.com

The ice hockey community is truly a unique one. Among its greatest traits is its innate ability to rally, rise up and take care of its own. Unassuming, unselfish and without question, when called upon there is perhaps no greater family on earth. 

In January of 2014, Mike Nichols, a senior forward on the Monroe Township ice hockey team, suffered a debilitating neck injury when he fractured his C-5 vertebrae in a high school ice hockey game in New Jersey. Despite being unable to lace 'em up and take to the ice, his spirit, his passion and love for the game has not wavered. He is #MikeyStrong, a reluctant ambassador of the game, a voice and a symbol of hope for hundreds afflicted with spinal cord injuries. 

In the quest to find a cure, Nichols' story has transcended borders, reaching further than anyone could have imagined -- all thanks to the overwhelming support from a hockey community that continues to support him -- and his cause -- unconditionally. 

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Elias to play in Mikey Nichols Charity Hockey Game

Check out the former NHLers who will skate in the Mikey Strong Charity Game

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

WFAN and the Prudential Center will co-host the Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game on April 21 at Prudential Center. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, hosts of the top-rated "Boomer & Carton" morning show on CBS RADIO's WFAN-AM/FM and simulcast on CBS Sports Network, will host and serve as team captains for the game, in hopes of raising money to benefit spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives.

Proceeds from the game will go to the Nichols Family Trust to provide for Mike's medical needs, as well as the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Recap last year's #MikeyStrong Charity Game with @WFAN and @BoomerAndCarton! @PruCenter hosts the event on 4/21. https://t.co/iWTCY5VosS pic.twitter.com/gsw0aZmDm5

General Admission tickets cost $20 and are on-sale now with corporate sponsorship and VIP packages also available. All attendees will receive a ticket voucher from the New Jersey Devils and the first 5,000 attendees to arrive on game day will receive a voucher from the New York Yankees. Each voucher will be valid for two (2) complimentary tickets to select games during the 2017 season.

A star-studded lineup full of NHLers and more will participate in the charity game. Below is the list of former members of Jersey's Team who will participate on April 21:

Patrik Elias: Fresh off #PattysLastLap, Patrik Elias will lace up the skates once more at Prudential Center. Elias will become the fifth member in Devils history to have his number retired by the organization, exiting the game as the franchise-leader in points, goals and assists. 

Grant Marshall: Former first round pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Grant Marshall will participate in his third Mikey Strong Charity Game this season. Marshall has built a strong bond with Nichols over the years. Marshall suffered a broken neck playing hockey in 1990 and experienced temporary paralysis before making a full recovery. As an NHLer, Grant Marshall won the Stanley Cup twice, once in Dallas (1999) and New Jersey (2003). 

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Delbarton, Glen Rock, Ridge State Champions Unite

New Jersey Devils Welcome NJSIAA Champs to Prudential Center

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSports / newjerseydevils.com

NEWARK -- Teammates and friends, coaches and adopted sons. All of them brothers in arms, forever linked by glory, together again for the first time -- and quite possibly the last time.

Three weeks had passed since Delbarton, Glen Rock and Ridge skated off as NJSIAA state champions but the New Jersey Devils saw fit to unite them again under one roof capping an extraordinary weekend of celebration as part of NHL's 100th anniversary tour at Prudential Center.

All three teams received the royal treatment, tickets to the game and first-class accommodations in one the Devils' fully furnished suites as New Jersey hosted the Dallas Stars in Newark Sunday night.

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3/9 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Avalanche

New Jersey Devils (25-29-12) at Colorado Avalanche (18-44-3) 9PM ET • Pepsi Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com

DEVILS VS. AVALANCHE

Tonight is the second and final game between New Jersey and Colorado this season. The Devils defeated the Avalanche, 3-2, on Feb. 14 at Prudential Center. Pavel Zacha, Andy Greene (PP) and Kyle Palmieri (GWG) each scored in the contest. Cory Schneider stopped 28 of 30 shots in the victory.

This is the second contest of the club's three-game, road-trip. New Jersey lost, 0-2, Mar. 7 at CBJ and will conclude their final game of the trip on Mar. 11 at Arizona.

The Devils are 5-4-2 against the Central Division and are 10-9-5 vs. Western Conference opponents. New Jersey has not defeated Colorado at Pepsi Center since Mar. 15, 2008 (4-2) and are 0-3-2 in their last games in Colorado. The Devils are 32-30-12 all-time vs. the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise.

Taylor Hall has eight goals and four assists (12pts) in his last 11 games vs. Colorado.

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Glen Rock Wins First State Title in School History

Kinney, Cassidy, Corvelli Spark Glen Rock to NJSIAA/Devils Public B Crown

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS / newjerseydevils.com

MORRIS TOWNSHIP -- All it takes is a spark. A flicker of hope to ignite the fire that burns inside. Glen Rock will always remember its first time.

Peter Cassidy broke the ice 10:44 into the game, Eddie Corvelli scored 22 seconds later and Matthew Maselli buried another with 55 seconds left in the first period as top-seeded Glen Rock took the lead and never looked back en route to an 8-1 triumph over 10th-seeded Wall Township to lay claim to its very first state title in school history at the 42nd NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils State Championships at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

"We came out ready to play," senior captain Jake Kinney said. "To be able to call ourselves state champs is just incredible. When the horn sounded, all my teammates jumped and kept piling on. It's hard to describe. We did together. It's amazing." 

After falling short to Ramsey in last year's title bout, the Panthers were not going to be denied again.

"We were not going to be denied tonight no matter what," Glen Rock first-year coach Anthony Yelovich said. "It's a tribute to how hard these guys worked. We lost 11 seniors and two junior transfers. There were 14 new guys on this roster. This is what we talked about in April when I took the job."

Blessed with a 3-0 lead after one period of play, Cassidy notched his second of the game 10:20 into the second frame. Kinney set up Colin Morrow to make it 5-0 before connecting on his own on the power-play with 23 seconds remaining.

"A lot of different goal-scorers today. It really shows off the depth we've had all year," Kinney added. "Peter Cassidy, Matt Maselli, John LaMacchia -- that entire line. My linemates, Eddie Corvelli and Derek Kelly, an incredible game scoring from all different sides."

Glen Rock (22-3-4) went back to work in the third period and tacked on two more goals from Corvelli and Robert Fenton before Wall Township (18-7-2) finally broke through when Colin Gabudza finished the play started by Noah Lozano with 6:32 remaining in regulation.

"Those two quick goals put us in a hole, we didn't dig out of it right away then they scored that third one. That shut the door a little bit, we tried to kick it open but credit to them, they played excellent," Wall coach Mike Dianora said. "We were with them, shots were even most of the game, we just got in a hole and didn't get out." 

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Delbarton Captures Unprecedented 12th NJSIAA Title

Benemerito, Falivene score; Kobryn 20 saves to Win Back-to-Back

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS / newjerseydevils.com

MORRIS TOWNSHIP -- With all the championships, all the accolades and notoriety that come with it, it's easy to lose focus. But this Delbarton team never did.

Delbarton dug itself out of a hole in the first period with a pair of goals from James Falivene and Mark Benemerito in the second frame as the number one team in the state stormed back to defeat third-seeded Don Bosco Prep, 2-1, in the finals of the 42nd annual NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils Non-Public State Championships at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

As the final seconds slipped away and the Green Wave spilled out onto the ice in celebration, head coach Bruce Shatel stepped back underneath the rafters at Mennen Arena and took a moment to reflect on it all.

"I've had some really talented teams that have had to have been brought back in in terms of their focus, their work ethic -- I've never had to do that with these guys," Shatel said. "They knew they had to be at their best every time out."

The triumph marked Delbarton's 12th NJSIAA title -- an unprecedented number in the annals of Garden State hockey lore. It was the Morristown school's second straight and eighth in the last 10 years. It is a living, breathing dynasty and the program by which all others are measured. 

"It feels great, continuing the tradition," Benemerito said. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy. A lot of people doubted us but we kept working all year and proved everyone wrong."

"It's an unbelievable feeling to win a state championship going out my senior season," Delbarton goaltender Troy Kobryn, who also backstopped his team to a state title in 2015-16, said. "They're a great team but we showed we're better."

Delbarton finished 27-1-2. Benemerito and Kobryn join Andrew Bosland, Danny Colon, Michael Gordon, Jalen Kaplan, Hunter Macy, Jack Malone and Nick Siffringer as two-time state champions.

"I've been a part of 10," Shatel, 383-46-35 all-time in a coaching career that began in 2001-02, said. "27 wins with the schedule we played? I scratch my head, truly." 

But it was Don Bosco Prep which seized the initiative just 1:38 into the game when Tyler Neilsen finished the play started by John Campomenosi. 

"My eyes were closed to be honest," Neilsen said. "I got spun and tried to put it on net with a couple of guys driving. It was a great play by Campo to get it deep and get a look to the middle. I'm so proud of everybody out there."

 

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Ridge Edges Watchung 2-1 in NJSIAA/Devils State Final

First State Title Since 2008 for Somerset County School

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS / newjerseydevils.com

MORRIS TOWNSHIP -- Ridge knows how hard it is just to get there. Once there, it knows both heartache as well as jubilation and was determined to bring this one home. 

Connor Villa broke the ice 2:30 into the second period and John Vilade doubled it 7:46 later as the second-seeded Ridge Red Devils held off a relentless 13th-seeded Watchung Hills squad en route to a 2-1 triumph at the 42nd annual NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils High School Hockey State Championships at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.  

After falling short in 2004 and 2009, the Somerset County school was solid from the drop of the puck, getting 18 saves from goaltender Chris Ambrozy, to even its record in the finals and capture its second state title in school history and first in nine years before 1,984 in attendance Sunday night. 

"It's indescribable. I don't know. It still doesn't feel real yet," an overwhelmed Vilade said after helping his Basking Ridge team to its first state championship since in 2008. "We put in so much hard work it's just amazing. This was our season from the beginning."

"We had a chip on our shoulder the whole time," Villa said. "A great group of guys and we wanted to end it the right way."

After a hard-hitting, scoreless first period, Villa made no mistake putting Ridge (23-6-1) on the board first to start the second.

"Brett (Carey) saw me circling in the neutral zone looking for some space. He saw a gap in the defense and made a great pass. I just skated right through them and put it home," Villa described his goal. "We talked about breakouts, where space was open in the neutral zone, came out and just executed."

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Delbarton, Ridge, Watchung Book Trip to State Finals

13th-Seeded Watchung Hills Pulls Fourth Upset in the NJSIAA/Devils State Tourney

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS / newjerseydevils.com

WEST ORANGE -- The field is set for the 2017 NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils State Tournament as the Delbarton Green Wave, Ridge Red Devils and never-say-die 13th-seeded Watchung Hills Warriors booked their ticket to the finals with victories in the semifinals at Codey Arena in West Orange last night. Here's a recap of all three bouts:

Public A

Semifinals

13-Watchung Hills 6, 9-Princeton 3: No one expected them to be here and that suits Watchung Hills just fine.

Matt Piro turned in his second hat trick of the season at the most opportune time, Zach Lindewirth scored twice and Daniel Lee added a goal and an assist while goaltender Ryan McHugh stood tall with 31 saves as 13th-seeded Watchung Hills continued to let its play do its talking as it fashioned yet another upset with a 6-3 triumph over ninth-seeded Princeton in the semifinals of the Public A State Tournament at Codey Arena Thursday night.

Trailing 3-2 late in the second period, Lee's goal with 34 seconds left in the middle frame proved crucial for Watchung Hills, tying the game up at 3-3 heading into the second intermission and setting up a third period for all the marbles.

"We got a good forecheck and jumped on 'em quick," Piro said. Zach -- he's such a great shooter. My job is to get in front of the net and create traffic. Zach made a nice play to catch the puck right before the blue line, turned, made a move past one player and luckily enough it went off my foot and went in."

Piro's second goal of the game marked the second of four unanswered goals for Watchung Hills, which added a pair of empty-net goals over the final 1:08 in what was an otherwise tight game throughout the contest.

"We all know it -- we're not supposed to be here," Piro said. "We don't have a winning program like Ridge, Bridgewater, but we're creating our own history right now. Most of us have never experienced anything like this. Each game is the biggest of our career and we just keep doing it."

Watchung Hills (12-6-7) is heading back to the state finals for the first time since 2008. It is seeking its first championship in school history.

"Pretty emotional obviously -- first time we've been here since '08," Lindewirth said. "It was our best team game we've played so far. I think we needed that. This was definitely the best team we've seen so far. But we were prepared, watched film on them and shut them down pretty good."   

Nick Ashcroft, Tooker Callaway and Rocco Salvato scored for Princeton (15-4-4), which pulled two upsets, including the take down of top-seed Morris Knolls, before finally bowing out.

"Zach, Ryan and Matt -- those are the players you lean on. You have your leadership and they play hard every night," Watchung Hills coach Anthony Criscitello said. "They know they can trust in each other, go out and work hard and they'll be successful. Hopefully we can take one home on Sunday that would be nice."

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Don Bosco, Glen Rock, Wall Book Trip to State Finals

First State-Finals Appearance in School History for Wall Township

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS / newjerseydevils.com

WEST ORANGE -- Win or go home. Don Bosco Prep and Glen Rock booked a return engagement while Wall Township will make its first state-finals appearance in school history as each prevailed in the semifinals of the 2017 NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils State Tournament at Codey Arena in West Orange. Here's a recap of each one of Wednesday's bouts. The semifinals resume today at Codey Arena. 

Public B

Semifinals

10-Wall Township 7, 3-Middletown South 3: There's a first time for everything.

Shane Haviland scored four goals, Zach Tarantino picked up two goals and three assists while goaltender Logan Beattie stood tall with 34 saves as Wall Township booked its first-ever state final with an upset of epic proportions as the 10th-seeded Crimson Knights skated past third-seeded Middletown South, 7-3, in the semifinals of the Public B Tournament.

"It's going to be awesome. I can't believe it," Haviland said after the triumph. "Tremendous feeling right now I can't put into words."

Haviland and Tarantino each scored in the first to stake Wall to a 2-1 lead after one. The dynamic duo did it again in the second frame to put their Monmouth County school up 4-2 after two before Haviland connected two more times in the third, including an empty-netter, to ensure its first state-finals appearance.

"It's for the 16 years of kids we've had in this organization to get to the state finals," Wall coach Mike Dianora said. "It's about all those kids, all those assistant coaches, all those years. These guys did it but we're all one."

Gavin Gulash scored twice and D.J. McKay also hit for Middletown South (19-5-1). Wall Township improves to 18-6-2 and advances to take on Glen Rock in the state final set for March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

"Maybe we just have the heart," Haviland said. "This team is a band of brothers and we don't want it to end."   

1-Glen Rock 4, 13-Middletown North 1: Glen Rock still has some unfinished business.

After making its first state-finals appearance in program history last season, top-seeded Glen Rock is back for more after Jake Kinney scored three goals and Ryan McAuley made 20 saves in a 4-1 triumph over 13th-seeded Middletown North in the semifinals of the Public B Tournament.
Glen Rock fell to Ramsey in the 2016 state finals. But in 2017, the Bergen County school is determined to write a new chapter to its legacy.

"You can't look at the seed of your opponent because this time of year there are only quality teams left," senior Jake Kinney said. "Last year didn't end the way we wanted to. This year, we're hoping to make some history." 

Kinney put Glen Rock on the board 3:34 into the game but Middletown North battled back and tied it up at 1-1 just 35 seconds later on a goal from Brad Heuer. Two goals from Kinney and Matthew Maselli 26 seconds apart over the final minute of the first period, however, was the turning point which sent Glen Rock into the intermission with a 3-1 lead. 

Kinney completed the hat trick on the power play 1:07 into the second frame.

"This is what Jake has been doing all year for us," Glen Rock coach Anthony Yelovich said. "He's one the greatest players in the state and this is kind of becoming a reoccurring theme. In the beginning of this game we needed someone to step up for us and he was the one who put us on his back."

It was a Cinderella season for Middletown North (13-8-5), which defeated Chatham, Point Pleasant Boro and Wayne Hills before finally getting bounced. Glen Rock, meanwhile. improves to 21-3-4 and will prepare for Wall Township in the state finals on Monday. 

"We're not content. We still have another goal in mind," Yelovich added.

"We'll be ready come Monday," Maselli said.

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