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					Dear Youth Hockey Families, Players and Coaches,

My name is Jon Sorg and I am the Practice Rink Manager and Director of Youth Hockey
Operations at Prudential Center, home to the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils. I am
writing to tell you about our upcoming youth Tier I hockey tournaments; the inaugural “NJ Rockz
Invitational,” and our second annual “Tournament of Champions,” hosted here at Prudential
Center in the upcoming weeks of summer 2009.

At Prudential Center, we are extremely committed to youth hockey and development and we
expect our Tier I tournaments to be a great success. The “NJ Rockz Invitational,” will be held
over two weekends; July 17-July 19, 2009 for Mites, Bantams, and U19 divisions and July 24-July
26, 2009 for Squirts, Peewees, and U16 divisions. The second annual “Tournament of
Champions,” will be held August 13-August 16, 2009 for Mites, Squirts, Peewees, Bantams, U16,
and U19 divisions. Both Tournaments expect as many as thirty-five Tier I teams to participate
and will have a strong New Jersey base with numerous local teams in addition to drawing teams
from around the country. Tournament games for the Jersey Rockz Invitational will be played in
the practice arena, and the Tournament of Champions we will use both Prudential Center’s main
arena, where the New Jersey Devils play their home games, as well as in the arena’s adjacent
full-size practice facility.

The practice rink at Prudential Center is a mirror image to the main rink. From the lighting to
refrigeration, to the boards and glass, everything is consistent with the main sheet of ice
creating an identical environment for both practice and game play. The practice facility also
features four locker rooms with adjoining showers, concessions and all the amenities of a state-
of-the art hockey facility. With games being played in both the main and practice arenas at
once, players will be able to have a memorable hockey experience they will never forget.

Here at Prudential Center, we wish to continue exposing more and more youth to the sport of
hockey as well as the community in upcoming skating programs and events. We would like to
extend an invitation to you for our Inaugural NJ Rockz Invitational and 2 nd Annual Tournament of
Champions. If interested in learning more about the upcoming opportunities, please see the
attached information and do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you so much for your time and I
look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at Prudential Center soon.

Jon Sorg
General Manager of Prudential Center Practice Facility
Director of Youth Hockey Operations
(973) 757-6223
               Home of the National Hockey League’s

                           New Jersey Devils
                                         Presents the
                               2nd ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

                                  August 13 – 16, 2009
                                         Newark, New Jersey

U18, U16, Bantam, Peewee, Squirt, Mite
Each team guaranteed one game on Prudential Center Main Ice
Mites & Squirts - 3 periods/12 minutes each
Peewee & Bantam - 3 periods/ 15 minutes each
U16                - 3 periods/ 15 minutes each
U18                - 3 periods/ 15 minutes each
Overtime will be played in Semi-Final and Final rounds
Tournament Champions awarded Championship Trophy
Individual Trophy for all Finalists
Application and Fee:
$1,250 per Team
Mail Application To:
Devils Arena Entertainment LLC
165 Mulberry St
Newark, NJ 07102
Attn: Youth Hockey
Checks payable to: Devils Arena Entertainment LLC

For more information, please contact:
Jon Sorg
Phone: 973-757-6223    Email:
                    Home of the National Hockey League’s

                             New Jersey Devils
                                         Presents the
General Information
•Tournament    games will begin on Friday no earlier than 6:00 AM.               Games, including
championship games, will end Sunday no later than 7:00 PM.
•The tournament committee will try to honor all requests for a team’s first game (on Friday or
Saturday) based upon level of need and distance to be traveled.
•All game officials are USA Hockey certified.
•All teams are guaranteed a minimum of 3 games for tournament participation. Depending on
individual bracket sizes, teams will receive either2 or 3 preliminary games followed by a series of
consolation and play-off games to determine championship game participants.
•USA Hockey rules are in effect with the exception of the following amendments listed below.

Game Time Management
•Game Clock: All games will use the “Stop Clock” system. Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget games
will consist of three 15-minute periods. Mite and Squirt games will consist of three 12-minute
periods. Junior games will consist of 2-25 minute halves.
•Early Starts: Games may start up to 30 minutes earlier than posted start time. The tournament
committee reserves the right to start a game up to 30 minutes early if the previous game ends
with time remaining in its designated game slot. Teams must be standing by to enter the rink
once the “Zamboni Doors” are closed after the ice is resurfaced.
•Curfew Clock: Once the “Zamboni Doors” are closed; rink personnel will start the curfew clock
that manages the immediately enter the ice once the referees have set the nets in place.
•Face-Off Management: Olympic Face-Off rules are in effect. Players have 15 seconds to get
in position once the referee blows the whistle ending play. After 15 seconds the referee is free to
drop the puck in the face-off zone to start play. Additionally referees may assess a bench minor
penalty for delay of game. The referee will initially warn the team coach on the first infraction.
Following infractions will automatically be assessed a penalty for delay of game.
•Game Clock Management: All games will be played in their entirety.
•“Mercy Rule”: In the third period the referee will “run the clock” in the event of six goals or
greater spread. The clock will remain running until the spread is reduced to 3 goals or less.
During the running time the clock will only stop in the event of an injury.

Conduct of Games
•Warm-Up: 3 minutes (total) prior to start of the game. If a team is late getting to the ice, they
WILL NOT receive additional time for warm-ups. Teams that enter the ice after the allotted warm-
up time has expired will receive an automatic bench minor penalty for delay of game.
•Time Outs: 1 per game (1 minute).
•Period Break: 1 minute “Break” in between periods.

Penalty Time Assessments (in minutes)
 Age Level    Minor  Major          Fighting
   Midget       2:00      5:00    (Minimum). The
 (U18/U16)                        Discipline Committee
  Bantam        2:00      5:00    Will review the
                                  game report and
 Pee Wee        2:00      5:00    reserves the right to
                                  increase the penalty
   Squirt       1:30      4:00    and/or suspend
                                  the player from
    Mite        1:30      4:00    the tournament,
                                  if warranted

Determining Playoff & Championship Participants
Points will be awarded based upon periods and games. A team may earn a maximum of 5.0
points per game. Points are awarded as follows:
•Win Game - 2.0 Points
•Tie Game - 1.0 Points
In the event of a tie by two teams vying for participation into the Play-Off/Championship round,
the following “Tie Breakers” will be used:
•Head to Head Competition
•Fewest Goals Against (GA)
•Greatest GF-GA Differential
•Fewest Penalty Minutes
•Highest Goals For (GF)
Overtime in Playoff & Championship Games
Playoff Games:
In the event of a tie at the end of regulation game time in championship/playoff games the
following will apply:
1. “5 Minute Overtime Period” of 5-on5 hockey (sudden victory)
2. “3 Minute Overtime Period” of 4-on-4 hockey (sudden victory)
3. “3 Minute Overtime Period” of 3-on-3 hockey (sudden victory)
4. “5 Player Shoot-Out” … In the event of a tie after the initial shoot-out the shoot-out will
continue one on one until a winner is determined. No players may shoot for a second time until all
players have shot once.

Team Requirements
•Ensure all players have Home (light color) and Away (dark color) jerseys.
•Ensure your team is dressed and ready to start a game 30 minutes prior to start time.
•Team Representatives must have copies of players birth certificates to validate player ages.
•Team Representatives must have copies of player USA Hockey membership cards to validate
player membership and insurance coverage.
•Ensure Coaches, parents and players are familiar with the USA Hockey Zero Tolerance Policy
and the Spectator’s Code of Conduct. This information is available in this tournament program
and will be visibly displayed during the tournament
               Home of the National Hockey League’s

                        New Jersey Devils
                                         Presents the
                                 2nd ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

                                    August 13 – 16, 2009
                                        Newark, New Jersey

Tournament Application
(Teams Submitting Applications without Payment Are Not Entered In Tournament)
Team Name______________________________________________________________
Team Contact____________________________________________________________

Please Indicate Divisions Requested
   MITE          SQUIRT        PEEWEE               BANTAM              U-16    U-18

Mail Application To:
Devils Arena Entertainment LLC
165 Mulberry St
Newark, NJ 07102
Attn: Youth Hockey
Checks payable to: Devils Arena Entertainment LLC

For more information, please contact:
Jon Sorg
Phone: 973-757-6223   Email:

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