On Saturday, June 29, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, the NHL Foundation donated 30 trees to the Devils Care Foundation and the city of Newark. This donation showcases the leagues commitment in supporting the local environments around the NHL. An event such as this happens each year through their NHL Green initiative.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo opened the ceremony. Chairman/Managing Partner Jeff Vanderbeek, Ken Daneyko and Matt Laughlin thanked the league and the Mayor for their ongoing support to this initiative.
Stephanie Greenwood, the Sustainability Director of the City of Newark, spoke further about the initiative in Newark.
“These trees are going to make a huge impact on this block. Trees are really beneficial for the health of the city, especially the respiratory health of young people in the city. It’s fantastic to have partners like the NHL and the Devils to help make a contribution to our downtown area. This fall and into next year we hope to put 2,000 new street trees in the ground.”
The trees were planted at the South Tower of the Prudential Center at the corner of Lafayette and Mulberry. Over 100 trees have now been planted around Prudential Center.
As the saying goes, the cream always rises to the top and as a Devils General newbie I was thrilled to take part in an event, that included the crème de la crème of the NJ Devils top brass. Last week, I had the privilege of joining Prudential Center’s PR extraordinaire, Kerry Graue and esteemed Devils General, @SpeakoftheDevs, Carlos Figueiredo for a press conference announcing the Albany Devils returning to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
My alarm clock was set to the unspeakable hour of 5:30 a.m. which gave me enough time to get ready to meet the group at the Prudential Center at 7:15 am. Yes, that was AM. Armed with containers of caffeine we made the trip down to Atlantic City to Boardwalk Hall. Once inside the building I was struck by the 137 foot-high barrel vault ceiling. Built in 1929 it was touted as an architectural marvel at the time. Today, it is simply just an awesome place to watch hockey. Read the rest of this entry