SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Participants in the Scotch Plains Recreation street hockey program received an unexpected visit from NJ Devils great Bruce Driver, a member of the 1995 Stanley Cup Championship team, on Friday, Oct. 11, at Brookside Park. The 15-year NHL defenseman ran some drills, signed autographs, and posed for pictures with the kids. 

"It's great you've got the ground program here," said Driver, who visits street hockey programs with fellow Devils alumni Colin White and Grant Marshall. "I grew up in Toronto, where obviously we play on ice, but I developed my skills playing in my driveway. Programs like this teach kids to understand the game and then come watch the Devils play."

Driver's visit is part of the Street Devils program at 130 locations across New Jersey, including local town and YMCA after school programs, according to Tom Dreisbach, a team representative who accompanied Driver and handed out Devils swag.

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The street hockey program is overseen by Scotch Plains Recreation Director DJ Salvante and Rick Sacchetti, Coaching Director for Cranford Hockey Club, who has led each of the sessions at Brookside Park. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.