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Devils owner opens Prudential Center to high school team post-Sandy

Nov 16, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

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New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek is helping a team in need.

According to NJ.com, Vanderbeek is lending out the Prudential Center ice to the East Side High School hockey team after their regular rink was rendered unusable in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

“It essentially saved our season,” said East Side teacher Keith Veltre.

Here’s more, from NJ.com’s David Giambusso:

The Red Raiders’ regular rink at the Ironbound Recreation Center is still not back on line after Hurricane Sandy.

“They haven’t been able to get the ice down,” said Keith Veltre, who with fellow teacher Dennis Ruppe, founded Hockey in Newark — a Devils-sponsored program that teaches the game to Newark students…

…Vanderbeek said he took a lot of pride in the program which has already helped send a few Newark students to college.

“We’re very committed to this program,” he said adding he hopes it will one day foster an NHL first-round draft pick.

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