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Hockey In Newark Program Receives a Home

Ironbound Recreation Center to reopen December 1st

Friday, 11.30.2012 / 3:48 PM / Community
By Anthony Smith  - NJ Youth Hockey Central
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Hockey In Newark Program Receives a Home
With over 200 Newark children skating in the program, Newark Councilman Augusto Amador has stepped up to help get the Ironbound Recreation Center renovated. By being a strong proponent of providing funding to the program, Amador was able to secure funding to help the program have a home.
The Ironbound Recreation Center in Newark has been renovated to provide the city’s youth hockey players with a home (Photo/Facebook/Hockey In Newark).
Since 2003, the Hockey In Newark program has enlightened Newark children about the game of hockey, with more and more children signing up to play each year.

Now with over 200 Newark children skating in the program, Newark Councilman Augusto Amador has stepped up to help get the Ironbound Recreation Center renovated. By being a strong proponent of providing funding to the program, Amador was able to secure funding to help the program have a home.

The Ironbound Arena underwent extensive renovations, and is scheduled to reopen December 1st (Photo/Facebook/Hockey In Newark).
“We were able to get the City of Newark to sign an agreement with Hockey In Newark for the utilization of the hockey rink, for the [recreation] center. This is a first for the city,” Amador says.

 “It was a very pleasant surprise for me, to recognize that the program was going to be as successful as it is now,” Amador continues. “We began with about 40 to 50 kids about four to five years ago. Now, not only the entire community if aware of the program, but also the city of Newark is aware of the program, and it’s gone beyond not only the city of Newark, but into the state of New Jersey.”

The rink was first scheduled to reopen on October 13th, but was rescheduled due to a problem with the rink’s ice-making system. It was then scheduled to be reopened on November 3rd, but damage from Hurricane Sandy forced an additional postponement. In the meantime, Devils Chairman and Managing Partner Jeff Vanderbeek offered his help, allowing the program to use the ice at Prudential Center to gear up for the upcoming season.

“We’re very committed to this program,” Vanderbeek tells the Star-Ledger, adding that “It’s also making sure for [children] that there’s something they can do with their idle time.”

“I felt terrific [getting involved with Hockey In Newark] because it makes available another avenue for the community to use to play sports, specifically hockey.” - Augusto Amador
Having the rink to utilize on a regular basis provides a home for the kids in the program.

“We mentioned how we play our homes games at AmeriHealth Pavilion, it’s state of the art, it’s gorgeous,” says Dennis Ruppe, co-founder of the Hockey In Newark program, “but our kids look forward to playing games down at the Ironbound, because that’s home to them. Even though AmeriHealth Pavilion is a beautiful facility, The Ironbound is home to them; it’s the place they run to every day after school.”

Keith Veltre, Ruppe’s partner in founding the program, believes the Ironbound rink has become more than just a rink to those involved with the team, but rather a home. “One of our players was named Essex County Player of the Week, and they asked what is his favorite rink, and he puts the Ironbound Recreation Center, which is telling,” Veltre explains. “This is a home away from home for these kids. It’s even a home away from home for the coaches.”

Part of becoming such a strong supporter of the program was what Councilman Amador saw in hockey, and what in can provide to children.

“Hockey has become an outlet for kids to dream higher, and really become serious about their own lives, and hockey is a big part of it.”

The Ironbound Recreation Center will now be officially reopened on December 1st at 10 am.

For more, head to NJ Youth Hockey Central.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51