While the National Hockey League cancels games because of deadlocked labor contract talks, local fans of the sport are considering other options—such as Watchung Hills Regional varsity hockey.
The team's season begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Rock Ice Center in Dunellen, with an anxious team ready to play. They'll take on Hunterdon Central and may find some new fans in the stands.
"Another friend who is also a big hockey fan mentioned to me he is going to watch high school and college hockey and to hell with the NHL guys this year!" parent Albert LoGiudice said.
The team's new coach, Billy McCreary, is a third-generation hockey professional, who brings his expertise to Watchung Hills.
"The kids love working for him and I think the opportunity for them to really learn is great," LoGiudice said.
Hockey fans looking at an empty season for the Devils can plan ahead for the Warriors regular season schedule:Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 Game 7:00PM Hunterdon Central Regional The Rock Ice Center Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 Game 4:35PM Away vs. Pingry BSA- Bridgewater Friday, Dec 7, 2012 Game 8:45PM Away vs. Hillsborough Pro-Tech Friday, Dec 14, 2012 Game 4:00PM Away vs. Montgomery Pro-Tech Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 Game 7:15PM Bridgewater-Raritan The Rock Ice Center Friday, Dec 21, 2012 Game 6:00PM TBA The Rock Ice Center Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 Tournament 1:05PM Away vs. Mount Olive BSA- Bridgewater Friday, Dec 28, 2012 Tournament 6:35PM Away vs. Montville BSA- Bridgewater Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 Tournament 7:00PM Away vs. TBA BSA- Bridgewater Friday, Jan 4, 2013 Game 7:30PM Ridge The Rock Ice Center Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 Game 7:30PM Away vs. Paramus Icehouse Rink - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 Game 8:15PM Away vs. Ridge BSA- Bridgewater Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 Game 7:00PM Bernards The Rock Ice Center Friday, Jan 18, 2013 Game 6:00PM Pingry The Rock Ice Center Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 Game 8:50PM Away vs. Newton Skylands Ice World Friday, Jan 25, 2013 Game 6:45PM Away vs. Hunterdon Central Regional Aspen Ice at Flemington Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 Game 8:00PM Montgomery The Rock Ice Center Friday, Feb 1, 2013 Game 8:15PM Away vs. Bridgewater-Raritan BSA- Bridgewater Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 Game 8:20PM Away vs. Bernards Pro-Tech Monday, Feb 4, 2013 Game 6:15PM Away vs. Livingston Richard J Codey Arena Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 Game 7:15PM Hillsborough The Rock Ice Center Friday, Feb 15, 2013 Game 6:00PM Verona The Rock Ice Center Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 Game 6:00PM Scotch Plains-Fanwood The Rock Ice Center Monday, Feb 18, 2013 Cup TBD TBA The Rock Ice Center Friday, Feb 22, 2013 Cup 5:10PM Away vs. TBA BSA- Bridgewater Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 Cup 8:15PM Away vs. TBA BSA- Bridgewater