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: