Devils Team Up With N.J. State Interscholastic Athletic Assoc. & N.J. Youth Hockey League
newjerseydevils.com Set as First NHL Team to Fully Host Statistics for High School Hockey & Youth Hockey Presented by AmeriHealth New Jersey
Newark, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils have partnered with the State’s Interscholastic Athletic Association and New Jersey Youth Hockey League to create New Jersey Youth Hockey Central. Jersey’s Team will be the first National Hockey League club to host high school and youth hockey entirely on its website. Scores, stats, and standings for more than 300 high school and youth hockey teams and their 6,000 players will be featured. Statistics for ice hockey – the fastest-growing sport among youngsters in the state – will be available this fall on newjerseydevils.com. The website will be presented by AmeriHealth New Jersey.
"The New Jersey Devils are all about promoting hockey in New Jersey,” said Devils’ Chairman/Managing Partner Jeff Vanderbeek. “From the hundreds of high school and youth team jerseys displayed at Prudential Center, to annually hosting the state high school hockey championships at the Rock, we are Jersey's Team. We are proud to extend our commitment to youth hockey by partnering with the NJSIAA and NJYHL by being the first NHL team to feature their respective scores, stats and standings."
The Devils will provide NJSIAA and NJYHL teams with full access through http://www.newjerseydevils.com/njyouth to LeagueStat – an easy-to-use and intuitive online scoring and statistical tracking system to provide statistical information, including standings, scores, team statistics and individual statistics. It operates entirely within a web browser without any additional plugins or special software to install – all fans need is a laptop and internet connection.
The New Jersey Devils Mission Control Devils Army generals will be out in the community helping further the initiative. These Devils Army generals will provide the team’s social media platforms with additional coverage about all youth and high school ice hockey programs participating in New Jersey Youth Hockey Central. The Devils Army generals will be selecting a correspondent each month from each county in the state. The honoree will be given a pair of tickets to an upcoming New Jersey Devils game.
“It is a great opportunity for our student athletes to be featured on the website of an NHL team,” said NJSIAA Assistant Director Jack DuBois. “Along with hosting the state tournament, our long-term relationship with the Devils has taken high school sports to a new level.”
“For years, the Devils have supported New Jersey youth hockey through on- and off-ice clinics, sponsorships, promotions, and by displaying jerseys on Prudential Center’s concourse,” said NJYHL President Frank McGady. ”Using newjerseydevils.com as a platform for the league’s statistical database for our more than 350 teams and 7,000 players will further strengthen our relationship.”
“The launch of this website is undoubtedly very exciting for all of the kids who participate in youth hockey across the state,” said AmeriHealth New Jersey President and CEO Judith L. Roman. “This initiative promotes active lifestyles among children and AmeriHealth New Jersey is proud to be a part of it.”
Team rosters are added to the New Jersey Youth Hockey Central scoring system on the New Jersey Devils website at the start of the season, and are available for the team for all games throughout the year. Game statistics will be entered by team or league representatives into the scoring system either in real-time or post game. Leagues will have access to the full set of reports offered by the Devils, as well as all administrative and management tools.
The New Jersey Devils are a member of the 30-team National Hockey League. Established in 1982, the Devils are currently celebrating their 30th Anniversary season in the Garden State. During that time, the club has won the league’s championship on three occasions, lifting the Stanley Cup, the most famous trophy in team sports in 1995, 2000, and 2003. In 2007-08, “Jersey’s Team” moved into its new home, Newark’s Prudential Center.
Prudential Center opened in October, 2007 and is the first new arena built in the New Jersey, New York Metropolitan area in more than 25 years. The Rock is home to the three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball, the NBA’s NETS Basketball, and in 2011 the WNBA’s New York Liberty, the NBA Draft and the NCAA East Regional Finals. Prudential Center is slated to host over 200 concerts and events in the coming year from a number of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.
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