The focus of this Learn to Play Program is to teach beginner hockey players the fundamentals of skating. The program is designed for children ages 3-10, although it may be appropriate for other ages. No prior skating or hockey experience is necessary. As participants’ skating skill progresses, appropriate drills will introduce the players to fundamental hockey skills.
Squirt Minor & Squirt Major
Marco Escalona joined Devils Youth for the 2022- 2023 season. Prior to that he spent 17 years coaching Tier1 AAA hockey where he made playoffs with various age groups and programs. Simultaneously, he was a head goaltending instructor for various companies, assisting in goalie development and seeing his students reach various levels of hockey. Currently he is a co-owner of Mayhem Hockey. Mayhem hockey has had a lot of success in its young history, winning summer tournaments while continuing to build out its program. Additionally, Marco is part of the Atlantic District player development staff.
Marco is a fair and demanding coach. He believes in players who are open to learning and willing to push themselves will grow on and off the ice.
Matt Gillen comes to Devils Youth from the New Jersey Rockets where he was the Head Coach of their 2012 Academy Team. Matt is an experienced power skating coach who has worked at both the youth and high school levels, and he serves as an Eastern Scout for the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL. Matt grew up playing youth hockey in New Jersey and played high school hockey Bayonne High School hockey team. He played Junior A hockey with the Hartford Jr Wolfpack and the New York Bobcats before attending William Paterson University, where he helped capture three consecutive Super East Championships and competed at the ACHA National Championships. After college, Matt received an invitation to training camp for the Elmira Jackals and played with the Cape Cod Bluefins.
Matt’s attributes his success as a coach to his focus on development, hard work, and creating a culture of growth on and off the ice. He believes players who trust the process will eventually find success, and that hard work is its own reward. Matt values team cohesion and comradery and knows that teams perform better when everyone believes in and supports each other.
D.J. Book has over 35 years of playing, officiating and coaching experience. He grew up playing youth hockey in Pittsburgh and later in South Jersey, serving as Captain and Assistant Captain on multiple teams. D.J. served as an Assistant Captain on the Shawnee High School Varsity hockey team that won the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League Championship in 1997. He went on to play hockey for Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA for two seasons before attending Union College and later graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a College Hockey East All-Star. D.J. worked for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins as well as ESPN Radio and later assisted coach Jay Varady, former Union College Varsity Captain and current Assistant Coach of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, with the Pittsburgh Hornets Youth Hockey Program.
D.J.’s coaching philosophy centers around positivity, focus, teamwork, commitment, intensity and discipline. His practices focus on skill work, power skating, battling, aggressiveness and moving the puck. D.J. strongly believes in challenging his players with both short and long-term goals in an effort to assist them in reaching their utmost potential, both as a person and an athlete/hockey player.
During his eight seasons with the Devils Youth Hockey Club, Chris Dunn has worked with teams at every level from Mite Development through Midget AAA. Prior to joining the Devils Youth organization, Chris served as a board member of the Chatham Youth Hockey program. As the son of a teacher/coach at the Kent School, Chris spent his childhood immersed in the world of youth sports. He was a member of the varsity Football, Hockey, and Baseball teams at Kent from 1994-1998, before going on to play 4 years of college hockey at Skidmore College where he served as team Captain for 3 of those years as both a forward and as a defenseman, earning All-League Honors his Junior/Senior years.
Coach Dunn’s coaching style is one that emphasizes the importance of hard work, accountability, strong team play in all 3 zones of the rink, and a love for the game of hockey.
16 & Under AA and Girls 10U
John DiNorcia has been the Program Director of the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club since 1998. One of the most well-respected professionals in the sport, John has earned numerous awards and appointments. He currently serves as the Director of Player Development for the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association, and he has expanded the program to serve over a thousand Atlantic District players at six age levels each year. Prior to taking on a leadership role in the Player Development Program, John served as the Atlantic District Coach-in-Chief, which is a USA Hockey-appointed position. He was the first to receive the AAHA Coach of the Year Award and was a National Finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Award. A former high school English teacher, John has an M.Ed. from Kean University.
John helped to put New Jersey hockey on the map, earning gold, silver, and bronze medals at the USA Hockey National Championships and winning the Silver Sticks International Tournament and the Quebc Peewee International Tournament. Before USA Hockey went to a mixed-team format for their National Development Camps, he was on the staff of the only Atlantic District team to win gold at the USA Hockey Junior Olympic Festival.
As a coach, John understands that successful teams are more than the sum of their parts. He emphasizes teamwork, accountability, and discipline and teaches his athletes to leverage their strengths while working to improve all areas of their game. John understands that hockey is not a sprint, but a marathon and he is unwilling to cut corners and sacrifice long-term development in pursuit of short-term gains. He relates to his players as people first and hockey players second and differentiates his approach both on and off the ice. John takes great pride in the number of former players who have gone on to have careers in hockey as players, scouts, broadcasters, and especially as youth hockey coaches.
Adam Diglio is the longest tenured coach at NJ Devils Youth, starting with the club in 1988. Adam has had many roles within the organization, including: Coach, Level Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, Tryout Director and Associate Coaching Director. Prior to coaching, Adam played D1 college hockey at Canisius College in Buffalo NY and served as Team Captain. He also played First Division Pro in Italy and Minor Pro in Cincinnati for the Cyclones of the ECHL. Adam has a BS in Business Management, a MS in Organizational Development with his thesis focusing on youth sports organizations. He also has two advanced certificates from Cornell University in Executive Leadership.
As a coach, Adam won many medals at many youth championships over the years. He has led teams to the USA Hockey National Championships five different times. Countless number of Adam’s former players can be found at the highest levels of hockey, including The US National Team, Canadian Major Junior, Division One College, Minor Pro and the NHL.
Adam’s coaching style is described as one of positive reinforcement with personal responsibility. He is noted for practices that mix skill, team concepts and fun.
Bantam AA and Girls 19U
Rob Massimi believes that every successful team starts with a strong culture of mutual responsibility, commitment, and maximum effort, and he supplements his rigorous on-ice training with team-building activities, off-ice training, and video analysis.
Prior to joining the Devils Youth coaching staff, Rob worked with the Ramapo Saints organization as a goaltending coach and team coach for boys and girls teams at all age levels. As a head coach, he was able to turn a 1-win Peewee team into the second place team in the NJYHL while retaining over 80% of his players. Rob currently works as a goaltending coach for Zero Klub Hockey, Sentinel Goalie Consultants, and the Atlantic District Boys Player Development Program.
Rob grew up in New Jersey, playing at the Harvey School, Northern Highlands Regional High School, and Saint Joseph Regional High School. He was awarded the MVP of the Planet Hockey tournament in Sweden and named to the First Team All-League and Most Valuable Defenseman at the Harvey School.
Rob’s enthusiasm, passion for the game, collaborative attitude, work ethic, and commitment to excellence will be an asset to the Devils Youth organization and his players.
The New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club is committed to creating an atmosphere fosters player self-confidence, develops high self-esteem, and builds strong character. We provide the most qualified professional staff available and follow a curriculum that is built upon the most up-to-date coaching methods and research in the field of child development. We offer a complete range of ice hockey programs from the beginners level to the highly competitive AAA USA Hockey-sanctioned level to programs for players with disabilities. All of our programs, regardless of level, are structured to provide players with the latitude for personal growth that enables each participant to reach his or her maximum potential as an individual and help to prepare him or her to succeed in life's competitive environment. The cornerstone and driving principle of this organization is our Commitment to Youth.
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Summer Camp Schedule
Tuesdays starting April 25th We look forward to introducing your child to our favorite sport, and can't wait to see you at the rink.
The focus of the Learn to Play Program is to teach beginner hockey players the fundamentals of skating. The program is designed for children ages 4-9, although it may be appropriate for other ages. No prior skating or hockey experience is necessary. As participants’ skating skill progresses, appropriate drills will introduce the players to fundamental hockey skills.
NJDYHC Helmet & Glove Promo! Deadline - 5/15/2023
Give back to the youth of our organization, and earn community service hours - by being an on-ice coach to our beginner players. How it works: Starting, Monday April 24 till June 15 1. Slots that are available - Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday - all sessions at codey arena Monday - 6-7 pm - sma 2 - Mites / LTP Tuesday - 5:30-6:30 pm - sma 2 - Try Hockey for Free Wednesday - 6-7 pm - sma 2 - Girls 8u/Girls10u/Girls 12u 2. Sign up in the available time slot https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MZAmum9urI9mAkXwjh4J-OSxai8QICkOADH1h_OrnvE/edit#gid=0 3. Show up 5-10 mins before the schedule slot, check in with Darren or Lead on Ice Coach - Learn what your tasks are for your group for that session. What should Players should bring ? helmet / gloves / stick - Game Jersey / Devils Youth Practice jersey to wear / warmup pants- NO Shorts 4. Earn Community Service Hours! HAVE FUN – LOTS AND LOTS OF FUN!! Any questions, please email Thank you! Darren
REVISED ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY – 6/01/2022
We are a non-profit organization and would love your donation! Funds received support our NJDYHC Sled Hockey Program, our Tuition Assistance Program, and other programs that support youth hockey in our community.
Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain
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