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.
It’s only May, but I already miss being at The Prudential Center with my friends, watching my favorite team take the ice. Silly as it sounds, thinking of hockey got me thinking of my game day rituals, which got me thinking about my favorite food and treats inside the Prudential Center. It also reminded me of some of the great places that surround The Rock that my friends and I would meet prior to or after games and hang out.
On game days, it’s hard for me to resist the BBQ pulled pork sandwich, which comes with fresh, home made chips, cole slaw and a pickle. It’s my absolute favorite thing to treat myself to at Prudential Center. As for places to hang out, I’ve occasionally met friends at the Edison Ale House, located just behind Championship Plaza. The last time I was there, I enjoyed a plate of their Chili Cheese Fries, which I definitely recommend sharing with a friend! The portion was gigantic (and delicious).
To spice things up and show the great variety surrounding our home arena, I asked my fellow Generals to share their favorite treats and meeting places, too. I’ve learned about a few new places from them that I think I have to go visit. This is what they had to say:
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“I’m late / I’m late / For a very important date. / No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”. / I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” Lately, I cannot seem to get the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland out of my head. Every day I rush; to get here-to get there. Well, that was the case until I had in my hands two lower level tickets to the first Devils vs Rangers game since the infamous call of, “Henrique!!! It’s Over.”
I made it a priority to arrive at the Prudential Center early and arrived around 4:00 p.m., yep, even got there before the Devil Dancers. To my surprise the parking lot was already half-full, and the party seemed to have already started without me. In a parked car were Ranger fans relishing in libations of the hoppy kind (little did they know they would be drowning their sorrows later). First, on my pre-game itinerary was to hit the Devils Den and enjoy shopping without the crowds. I was able to check out each section of the store at my own pace and happily paid for my items without wait.
For the fifth time in franchise history the New Jersey Devils will be playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. I was fortunate enough to be at Game 7 of 2003 when the Devils won their most recent championship. I stood next to my Dad as the seconds ticked down and Gary Bettman walked out, grabbed Lord Stanley’s Cup and handed it off to Scott Stevens. If you ask me what my best Devils’ memory is, well without a doubt, it’s that game. Now, when you ask my father, he’s often quick to say watching me watching the Devils win the Cup. That always resonated with me.
On Saturday November 5, the New Jersey Devils took part in “Try Hockey for Free Day” hosted by USA Hockey. The mission of the day was to let children ages four to nine to put on the pads and learn how to play hockey. Over 430 rinks across the United States took part in the initiative.
The event was held at the AmeriHealth Pavillion in Newark, right next to Prudential Center. Devils alumni Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver and Grant Marshall were on hand to teach kids the necessities in order to play hockey like a pro.
Also at the event was Willie O’Ree, the league’s first African-American player. O’Ree is now the ambassador of “Hockey is for Everyone.” He stated that he was pleased with the outcome of inner-city youth coming to the rink to try and play a sport that they don’t usually have the opportunity to play.
This event further shows the Devils involvement in New Jersey Youth Hockey. Last month, the Devils announced that they would be hosting Youth Hockey stats on their website.
Here are some highlights from the day: