MIDDLETOWN, NJ With the New Jersey Devils absent from the playoffs for the past two seasons and facing the dreaded rebuilding phase, a visit to see the Stanley Cup via a member of the Chicago Blackhawks may be the closest Garden State hockey fans will get to hockey’s Holy Grail in a while.
Middletown, New Jersey native and member of the 2015 Stanley Cup winning Backhawks, Trevor van Riemsdyk, will get his day with the NHL’s treasured prize on July 30. As per tradition, each member of the championship team gets to spend a day with the Stanley Cup in the summer following victory.
At the end of the month, van Riemsdyk will be bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown and sharing it with the public at the Middletown Arts Center.
The 23-year-old played in 18 regular season games for the Blackhawks and notched one assist before fracturing his left patella on a shot to the knee from Dallas Stars’ Trevor Daley. However, the young defenseman recovered from the leg injury and subsequent wrist surgery on April 7 to suit up for four playoff games this spring and that was enough to snag a ring and have his name etched on professional hockey’s ultimate prize.
Over the summer, the Blackhawks offered van Riemsdyk a two-year contract extension to which he tweeted, “Extremely excited to sign an extension with the Blackhawks. Love playing in Chicago! Can’t wait for the season to start.”
Van Riemsdyk played high school hockey for Middletown’s Christian Brothers Academy before moving on to New Hampshire to play junior hockey. He played college hockey at the University of New Hampshire and was named to the All-Hockey East Team after his sophomore season. Van Riemsdyk signed as a free agent with the Blackhawks in March of 2014 after going undrafted.
Fans can stop by the Middletown Arts Center from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. to pose for pictures with the Stanley Cup and congratulate a Jersey Boy on winning the coveted prize many seasoned veterans never do on July 30. The Middletown Arts Center is located on 36 Church Street in Middletown. Visitors can park in the daily lot across the street. Parking is free.