Rendering Courtesy of NJ Devils

They may not win the Stanley Cup this season, but the New Jersey Devils are bringing a championship hockey facility to the City of Hoboken.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the Hoboken Recreation Department announced this morning that a partnership with the New Jersey Devils, to rehabilitate the City’s “Johnny Ray McDonald, Jr. ‘Diddle’ Hockey Rink” and create new recreation programs have been agreed upon.  The revitalization of the popular outdoor facility at the Multi-Service Center will come at no cost to taxpayers.   The Devils have committed up to $230,000 for improvements to the rink and new equipment.

The proposed improvements to the rink include:

  • Removal and disposal of the old boarding system
  • Patching and leveling of the rink surface

  • Installation of a dasher board curb footing and a new dasher board
  • New rink flooring

The announcement comes as great news for the city’s youth hockey players.  “This partnership between the New Jersey Devils and the City of Hoboken is yet another example of our efforts to coordinate with community stakeholders to bolster our recreation offerings and improve our public spaces,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I want to offer my sincere thanks to the entire Recreation Division for working with the Devils organization to make this possible. I look forward to these renovations and eventually cutting the ribbon on the new rink!”

“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Hoboken to help renovate their outdoor roller hockey rink and assist in the development of programming for future hockey clinics,” said Jillian Frechette, Chief Marketing Officer, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. “The Devils remain committed to serving our community and growing the game of hockey, and together with the City of Hoboken, we hope that these refurbishments to the rink and new programming will provide a fun space for fans of all ages to play the game they love.”

The project is funded by the NHL/NHLPA Industry Growth Fund.  The donation also includes up to $10,000 to engage part-time coaches and staff to assist the Division of Recreation develop programming at the rink for ball hockey clinics, girls’ hockey initiatives, adult leagues, and game play for children and adults.

 

 

 

 

 

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