In honour of the 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium SeriesTM, the New Jersey Devils, Devils Youth Foundation, and the NHL® will present the Jersey Girls Hockey Club, a recreational ice hockey league for girls in New Jersey aged 5 to 12, giving them a place to play hockey with their friends.
“We are thrilled to announce the Jersey Girls Hockey Club and create an inclusive environment where young girls can practice hockey in a fun, yet developmental way,” said Jillian Frechette, Chief Marketing Officer, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. “This recreational league satisfies the need for youth hockey in the area, enables them to compete at a more competitive and organised level, and is consistent with the Devils’ dedication to promoting hockey for girls and women.”
“The Jersey Girls Hockey Club is another impactful way for the Devils Youth Foundation to provide support and grow the game we love,” said Kate Whitman Annis, Executive Director, Devils Youth Foundation. “This project reflects the Devils Youth Foundation’s mission of ensuring access to sports and creating meaningful opportunities for our youth throughout New Jersey.”
Girls who have completed the Devils’ Learn-to-Play programme are eligible to play in the recreational hockey league, which offers a secure setting for them to continue honing their hockey abilities in a welcoming team atmosphere. From March 23 to May 18, 2024, the Jersey Girls Hockey Club will play on Saturday afternoons at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House, the New Jersey Devils’ practice facility.
“Girls’ hockey is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the United States, up sixty-five percent in the last 15 years,” said Kim Davis, NHL Sr. Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs. “This Legacy project showcases the power of strategic philanthropy, focusing our efforts around the defined mission of investing in the future of women’s hockey and our growing female fanbase. We know these Jersey girls will grow up to be the future players, supporters, and leaders of our game.”
The Devils Youth Foundation has contributed to the Jersey Girls Hockey Club’s operating budget. By providing opportunities that transform lives and motivating young people in the areas it serves with the power of sports and entertainment, the Devils Youth Foundation improves the lives of young people in New Jersey.
An NHL Event’s host city’s community organisations receive support from the NHL and the local Club as part of the ongoing Legacy initiative. The League, its Clubs, and its partners have given more than $7 million to communities all around North America since its first Legacy event in 2003. Legacy projects have facilitated the rehabilitation of thousands of hospital patients, improved access to education and vocational training for at-risk adolescents and families, and increased opportunities for individuals of all ages to learn and play hockey.