The inaugural Asbury Park Press All-Star Hockey Classic is set for Aug. 23, when 42 of the top skaters from Monmouth and Ocean Counties will head to Middletown Ice World to compete in a charitable game that aims to raise funds and support for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen of Red Bank and Toms River.
Presented by Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management, and sponsored by Avon Pond, Beacon Awards & Signs of Middletown, and the New Jersey Devils, this collection of Shore Conference hockey star power will have the puck dropped at 4 p.m. and are sure to provide fans in attendance an incredible display of skill.
Before this group of home grown talent hits the ice get to know the goaltenders fronting the squad of Class A North and B North all-stars below.
2015 Highlights: Cernero helped lead the Colts to the program’s second consecutive state championship in 2015 with a 4-3 overtime victory over Delbarton. The First Team All-Shore selection also posted a .911 save percentage to go with a 1.71 goals against average.
The rivalry: “We love playing in these kinds of games because we get the chance to compete against a lot of our friends,” Cernero said. “I’m looking forward to playing against the other team (Class A Central and A South) because I’m good friends with a lot of the Red Bank Catholic and St. John Vianney guys, but I’ve never had the opportunity to play them during the high school season.”
2015 Highlights: Dovenero led the Shore Conference in wins (21) and save-percentage (.924) while leading the Rebels to a state finals appearance for first time in program history. The Second Team All-Shore also led all local net minders with six shutouts.
Bonding with team and community: “I’m looking forward to playing with some of my high school and travel teammates,” Dovenero said. “You go through so much together and spend so much time with theses guys during a season, and now some of them are moving away. It’ll be nice to have one last game together.”
“We’ll also have the chance to give back to our community by doing what we love. It’s a great feeling to help out your community when you can.”
School: Ocean Township
2015 Highlights: Reu split time with teammate Brian Harlow, but in 11 games proved to be one of the top goalies in the conference, as the Second Team All-B North selection recorded a save percentage of .920 and a 1.81 goals against average.
Competitive nature: “This game is going to have a great environment,” Reu said. “It’s going to a friendly game, but I expect that we’ll going hard out there against each other. We all know each other. We all want to get the win. And I’ll personally have the opportunity to play against a lot of my travel teammates (form the Jersey Shore Whalers)…and I’m looking forward to shutting down as many of them as I can.”
The Details: Presented by Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management, and sponsored by Avon Pond, Beacon Awards & Signs, and the New Jersey Devils, the Asbury Park Press invites fans to join the festivities starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 for this fundraising all-star event.
Tickets for the inaugural APP All-Star Hockey Classic, which will have the puck dropped at 4 p.m., are $10 and will be available at Middletown Ice World on the day of the event, which will feature a free autograph session by former NHL players like Grant Marshall of the New Jersey Devils and Nicholas Fotiu of the New York Rangers.
The event will help raise money and awareness for the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community-based nonprofit program operated by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which has dining locations in Red Bank and Toms River.
The JBJ Soul Kitchen will be the beneficiary of a charity raffle held on site with 100 percent of proceeds going to the program. Raffle items will include autographed memorabilia from NHL, NFL, and MLB greats — including a signed Devils team stick, and autographed Ken Daneyko and Grant Marshall jerseys — among other prizes.
A portion of funds raised by ticket and program sales will also be donated to the JBJ Soul Kitchen.
The JBJ Soul Kitchen was established in 2011 by Garden State rocker and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi, and founded on the idea that no one should be without a hot and nutritious meal, regardless of their financial situation. With that notion in mind, the JBJ Soul Kitchen’s menu has no prices, instead asking its customer to pay a minimum donation, or to volunteer their time in exchange for a meal.
Stay with the Press and APP.com in the upcoming weeks for more information. If you are interested in getting involved in the inaugural Asbury Park Press Hockey Classic, contact hockey beat writer Chris Rotolo at email@example.com.