A Benefit for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy “War to Restore NJ,” Hockey Night in Morristown! New Jersey Colonials Coaches V. New Jersey Devils NHL Alumni Team
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, MENNEN ARENA, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey 7:00-9:00 PM
Call it the “War to Restore NJ” “War to ReShore NJ” or “Ice Cool Duel,” but the New Jersey Colonials travel hockey club’s coaches will be taking on the on the Devils NHL Alumni Team, in a FUNdraiser, to collect donations and food items to replenish local food banks and raise funds for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The New Jersey Colonials are a travel hockey club, based at Mennen Arena, Morristown, New Jersey. New Jersey Devils Alums who have committed to play, so far, include fan favorites: Ken Daneyko, John MacLean, Sergei Brylin, Grant Marshall, Bruce Driver, Pete DeBoer, Dave Barr and others! Many of the New Jersey Colonial Coaches played for Division I & III college teams, along with teams in the USHL, European and other prominent leagues.
The New Jersey Colonials were looking for a way to help fellow New Jerseyans and Morris County residents that have had so much taken from them, in the aftermath of the storm. The Devils NHL Alumni team, along with Pete and Susan DeBoer, generously stepped forward to help meet that need! The DeBoer’s sons are Colonials players.
Colonials President, Dede McMenamy, had suggested, in her updates to coaches and managers during rink updates after the storm, that the Colonials put together an event onbehalf of the Hurricane Sandy victims. Several club members stepped forth with ideas, but the Devils NHL Alumni game seemed to be the most inclusive.
Club members have embraced the idea-even Ranger’s and Flyers Fans! Many have offered to help with the event. Ice schedules have been moved around to accommodate the game, with the assistance of Mennen’s Rink Director, Ren Fauci and Colonials Hockey Directors, Noel Rubin and Shelley Looney. Park Hockey’s Coach, Tom Levis, hopped on board, allowing the event to move his team’s high school tryout spot to another time. Others are coming forward with items to sell, turning over profits to the cause. Colonial Board members have jumped in, too, with offers of assistance and soliciting donations.
In a letter to the Colonials Members, Ms. McMenamy called upon players to come out and support this “Important Event!” Players were told they could come “judge their coaches” on all those skills and drills that coaches have been teaching them. McMenamy asked in her letter: “Can your coaches: “Lace their skates? Carry their own bags? Deke? Pass? Fore check and back check? Hit the Five Hole? Roof the puck? Clear their defensive zone? YOU BE THE JUDGE, as your coaches attempt to match their talents against the likes of Devils legends: Ken Daneyko, John MacLean, Sergei Brylin, Grant Marshall, Bruce Driver, Pete DeBoer, Dave Barr and more!”
100% of the proceeds will benefit local charities, which include: Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (founded by Colonial mom, Mary Pat Christie) and Morris County Food Banks.
Admission is: Adults: $10; Youth/child: $5 and a non-perishable food items. Suggested items to donate include: Parmalat, powdered milk, canned meats and meals, hearty and low- salt soups, tuna, peanut butter, nut butters and canned fruit.
DEDE MCMENAMY, NEW JERSEY COLONIALS (www.njcolonials.com), Ddmcmenamy@aol.com; 973-822-8447