Upcoming Alumni Hockey Games Schedule
The Devils Alumni Association was formed with the purpose of bringing together former Devils players to develop enjoyable civic activities and charitable fund-raisers, of participating in worthwhile charity/community service programs, and developing means to help promote amateur hockey.
For further information, please contact the Devils at (973) 757-6100.
Charity Golf Classic
The organization held its tenth charity golf classic Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ. Among the participants were former Devils Ken Daneyko and Scott Stevens, as well as current players and coaches.
For further information on the classic, please contact the Devils Corporate Partnerships Department at 1-800-NJ-DEVIL.
Through various rink partnerships, the Devils alumni perform one-hour on-ice clinics at local rinks. Bruce Driver and Rob Skrlac travel to local rinks and teach children various drills and techniques to better their hockey skills.
Among the association's charitable endeavors, four $2,500 scholarships are provided annually to deserving high school senior hockey players. The purpose of this program is to assist in their educations at the college or university of their choice.
Potential candidates must be nominated by their athletic director or coach and comply with the Scholarship Rules, which include the following criteria: Through the most recent grading period, the student must have attained a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading system) or equivalent grade if the student's school uses a different grading system; and the student must be accepted for admission on a full-time matriculating basis to a two or four year academic program at an accredited post-secondary collegiate educational institution.
Additionally, the applicant must show a commitment to volunteer work and community service through continued participation in a variety of projects or community organizations. Community activities should reflect that the applicant is "giving back" to society unselfishly and that the applicant is motivated to serve.
Interested student-athletes, their parents, coaches, athletic directors, and/or principals should contact the Devils office at (973) 757-6100 for an application, and a copy of the Official Rules or simply click the links below.
Scholarship Rules Scholarship Application
View the Alumni Scholars:
Charity and Community Appearances
Throughout the past year, members of the Devils Alumni Association reached out to tens of thousands of people, while attending more than 300 events. Ken Daneyko and fellow alumnus Rob Skrlac joined the Newark Bears in hosting “Let’s Play Ball for Domestic Violence Awareness Day.” Each player served as an honorary captain in a softball game between the Newark Police and Fire Departments. All proceeds were donated to Babyland Family Services Domestic Violence Shelter.
Daneyko and several other sports dignitaries came together to play in the New York Board of Trade Futures and Options for Kids Golf Outing. The Board is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to raise funds for children in need. It contributes money to hundreds of agencies that provide direct assistance to meet the needs of children in the areas of health, education and welfare.
Daneyko donned an apron to join Park Avenue Charities at their inaugural “Celebrity Chefs” Night. He competed against other sporting greats in a cooking competition while also signing autographs and posing for photos.
Daneyko joined the Women’s Sports Foundation for their annual walk to help support the Goodwill
Rescue Mission in Newark. Starting and ending at the Montclair Art Museum, this five-kilometer race generated funds for the mission’s many important programs. Approximately 500 area runners, joggers, and walkers participated at this USA Track & Field sanctioned 500-point event.
The 18th Annual WFAN Radiothon, benefiting the CJ Foundation for SIDS, Tomorrows Children’s
Fund, and the Imus Ranch, took place on consecutive dates live from the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. This year, more than $3,000,000 was pledged over the phone and through both cjsids.com and wfan.com. The event is an annual 28 1/2-hour fund-raising marathon. Ken Daneyko made an appearance on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show and was part of a Devils’ auction package which included lunch for two with Ken.
Skrlac participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Tradition of Hope Gala for ALS. The black-tie event is one of the MDA’s largest and aims to fund research seeking treatments and cures for those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Skrlac and local residents took part in the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey Memory Walk at Van Saun Park in Paramus. The event raised funds to support programs and services for the more than 350,000 New Jerseyans and their families who are affected by Alzheimer’s and related diseases.
Skrlac and N.J. Devil took part in the “National Night Out” program hosted by the cities of Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark. Organized by each local police department, “National Night Out” was created to heighten crime and drug awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Skrlac and N.J. took pictures and signed autographs.
Skrlac joined Princeton Sports Center in South Brunswick for its ice hockey tournament to benefit New Jersey Reads. NJ Reads is the state’s first nonprofit organization to sustain and expand literacy programs. Skrlac spent time with young ice hockey players promoting the importance of reading in both academics and athletics.
Skrlac joined the Somerset Patriots for their annual Youth Hockey Night. Skrlac threw out the
ceremonial first pitch and served as the Patriots’ firstbase coach for one inning. He later took time to sign autographs, pose for pictures and talk with fans at the stadium.
Driver was the featured speaker at the Fair Lawn (NJ) High School Ice Hockey Dinner. He spoke about his playing career and trying your best to achieve success in all aspects of life. He also presented awards, posed for photographs, and signed autographs.
Driver and former Devils’ forward Tom Chorske appeared at the annual Morris County Sheriff’s
CrimeStoppers fund-raising dinner. Crimestoppers is a non-profit organization operated by the Board of Commissioners and funded by contributions from the business and private sector. The funds are used to assist law enforcement in solving and reducing crimes in our communities.
Former Devils’ goaltender and FOX Sports Net New York Color Commentator Glenn “Chico” Resch represented the organization at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Team Dinner held at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. MDA’s Muscle Team is a high-profile sports dinner where professional athletes join together to put their muscle behind the search to find treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases.
Chorske, Daneyko, Driver, and Skrlac visited various area hospitals throughout the year to distribute gifts to patients of all ages. They also posed for pictures and signed autographs for the
patients during the holiday season event. Hospitals visited included Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (West Orange, NJ) and North Jersey Developmental Center (Totowa, NJ). During Veterans’ Week, the alumni also visited Veterans Hospital (Basking Ridge and East Orange, NJ).
Chorske and Devils’ Assistant Coach Tommy Albelin went on behalf of the team to the Fighting
Blindness League dinner and draft. The charity event, sponsored by the National Hockey League,
benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness in the fight against retinal degenerative diseases. Held in nine NHL cities on the eve of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, FBL gives participants the chance to “own” an imaginary NHL franchise and participate in a rotisserie-style fantasy draft of NHL players.
Albelin and Skrlac supported Operation Shoebox at its first annual Bocce Invitational Tournament.
Proceeds from the fund-raiser help the organization box and ship supplies to troops serving overseas. The event took place at Colonial Park in Franklin, NJ and the alumni participated in the tournament while volunteers enjoyed the action and helped pack boxes to send out to the military.
Former defenseman Scott Stevens joined nearly 100 Canadian celebrities to participate in A Brush of Hope to help raise money for Canadians with kidney disease. Each participating celebrity created a painting which was auctioned over E-bay. The paintings were on display throughout Canada, including Stevens’ hometown of Kitchener, Ont. The event was organized by the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Assistant Coach John MacLean played in Ice Hockey in Harlem’s annual Benefit on the Green golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club. Ice Hockey In Harlem is a non-profit community-based organization for youth that uses the sport of hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, teamwork and good character. The objective of the organization is to provide inspiration, encouragement and guidance to children, leading to better life experiences, education and career opportunities. Since 1987, Ice Hockey In Harlem has enriched the lives of more then 1,000 inner-city boys and girls.