5th Annual Josh Esformes Hockey Game
EVENT DATE: Jun 20, 2015
5th Annual Josh Esformes Charity Hockey Game - Saturday, June 20th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. We will soon post information about how to contribute to the Josh Esformes Hockey Scholarship. In the meantime, here's what it's about... The mission of the Josh Esformes Hockey Scholarship is to assist college-bound scholar/athletes who demonstrate achievement through hard work and determination both on the ice and in the classroom. In addition, they evince a passion for the game and exhibit sportsmanship toward their teammates, opponents, and classmates. The scholarship is awarded to players in the Hockey in Newark organization, which is a registered nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization and relies on the generosity of individual and corporate donations, sponsorships and foundations to fund operating costs. The scholarship fund originated as a result of Josh’s death in December 2010. Josh, who was 23 at the time, was killed in an early morning car accident while on his way to open the rink he managed and where he coached Squirt and Peewee teams for the ProTec Ducks. Josh Esformes was an avid, life-long hockey player who was inspired by his grandfather, uncle and mom. His career began as a house-league player at the South Mountain Arena in West Orange, NJ at age 6. He quickly gained a passion for the game and moved through the NJ Devils Hockey Club as a mite, squirt, peewee, bantam & midget; played on various select teams, attended Seton Hall Prep and graduated from St. Peter’s Prep. At Rutgers University, where he wore number 29, Esformes captained the D1 club hockey team for two years. He scored more than 100 points and was nominated as a first team All-Star in the college league in 2007 and 2008. He was an academic All-American twice, and won the Kevin Mead Scoring Title at Rutgers, as well as the 2007 Simonson & Earle '64 Achievement Award, and the 2007 and 2008 Geof Gould '62 MVP Award. Esformes was the first Rutgers player invited to the inaugural ACHA All-Star game in 2008. His jersey has been retired and now hangs in Rutgers’ home arena. Josh graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 with degrees in philosophy and economics. Before his untimely death, Josh played for the New Jersey Spartans, a professional touring hockey team. Josh was the embodiment of a scholar-athlete. He possessed a work ethic, passion and dedication that makes the Josh Esformes Hockey Scholarship the perfect tribute & legacy to his memory. Josh is survived by his brother Jake, mother Susan, father Steven and literally thousands of friends he touched along the way.