Coach John Hynes will be participating in a benefit game in Plymouth, Michigan according to the Devils website.
The game, called the Stars & Stripes Showdown, will benefit the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund of The USA Hockey Foundation and the Ellie Johannson College Fund. The game, which begins at 2 PM ET in Michigan, will take place Sunday, August 26 at the USA Hockey Arena. It will feature “top American-born hockey stars.”
Hynes, of course, played at Boston University and hails from Warwick, Rhode Island. He was the head coach of the US National Development Team which plays in the USHL and is run by USA Hockey.
Jim Johannson was the head of USA Hockey who tragically passed away just prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics. The game, in addition to benefitting the two funds, will also be played in his honor.
In other New Jersey hockey-related news, congratulations to Joe Masonius of Spring Lake, who was profiled in yesterday’s Coast Star. He has signed an AHL deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins and will play in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton next season. He was a sixth round pick by Pittsburgh in 2016 according to the article in the Star (written by Len Bardsley).
He played high school hockey at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey and three years at the University of Connecticut. Good luck to him as another New Jersey hockey player joins the professional ranks.