Scouts from both sides of the border will be on hand to catch a glimpse of tomorrow’s NHL prospects at the 11th Annual Liberty Bell Games beginning this weekend, June 7-9, and concluding June 14-15 at The Armory in Red Bank.
After a decade of success, from its humble beginnings with just 90 players at Hatfield Ice World in 2009 to over 800 applicants this year, The Liberty Bell Games continue to raise the bar showcasing the top ice hockey players on The East Coast.
To meet the ever-growing expansion up and down the Atlantic seaboard, The Liberty Bell Games are proud to add two new features in 2019: The Future Prospects Games, specifically designed for 2005-born players, as well as Ice Hockey International, a premier scouting service for assessing elite prospects.
With a deep commitment to providing aspiring players a unique opportunity to play in front of the watchful eyes of NHL, NCAA, OHL, USHL and prep school scouts, the LBG staff including Lew Mongelluzzo and Anne Yannarella expanded its benchmark Liberty Bell Games reserved for 15, 16 and 17-year olds with 2002, 2003 and 2004-birth years with the inaugural Future Prospects Games slated for June 14-15.
“Lew and I started the Liberty Bell Games in 2009 and our mission has remained the same: to make the focus of the Liberty Bell Games nothing less than emphasizing our talented players in a superior level of play,” Event Director and Vice President Anne Yannarella said. “We are very proud of what we have accomplished in 11 years. Thus far, 18 Liberty Bell Games alumnus have been selected in the NHL Draft, which is a testament to the elite players we select.
“Also new this year, we have added 80 2005’s who will play the following weekend, June 14 and 15, at the Red Bank Armory,” Yannarella said. “We are excited to add this group of players and we will be expanding the Liberty Bell Games even more in 2020, however, you will need to stay tuned for this special announcement!”
Among the notable LBG alumni who have gone on to the NHL ranks, 2014 Hobey Baker Award Winner and five-time All-Star Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) — all 5’9” of him — stands tallest among a list that includes Mattias Samuelsson (Buffalo Sabres), Mitchell Gibson (Washington Capitals), Evan Barratt (Chicago Blackhawks), Brandon Crawley (New York Rangers), Cayden Primeau (Montreal Canadiens), Ross Colton (Tampa Bay Lightning), Ryan Lohin (Tampa Bay Lightning), Nolan Stevens (St. Louis Blues), Anthony DeAngelo (Tampa Bay Lightning), Kevin Labanc (San Jose Sharks), J.J. Piccinich (Toronto Maple Leafs), Dwyer Tschantz (St. Louis Blues), Chandler Yakimowicz (St. Louis Blues), Eamon McAdam (New York Islanders), Anthony Stolarz (Philadelphia Flyers), Nick Ebert (Los Angeles Kings) and Troy Vance (Dallas Stars).
2019 Liberty Bell Games and Future Prospects Series Team Rosters
Cementing its commitment to the ice hockey community, the Liberty Bell Games have also partnered with The Play It Forward Foundation for 2019. This year, each one of the six teams in the tournament will be playing for one of six charities including Athletes for Care (Team Franklin), Collier Youth Services (Team Whitman), the Wendy’s Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (Team Independence), Hockey in New Jersey (Team Penn), the JBJ Soul Kitchen (Team Constitution) and the You Can Play Project (Team Freedom).
Through the Play It Forward platform,a 501(c)(3) charity that uses sports to give back to worthwhile causes, the games will raise funds which will be combined into one charity prize pool. At the conclusion of the weekend-long festivities, a percentage of the prize pool will be donated to each charity based on the team’s performances in the standings.
“I am very proud to have the Liberty Bell Games support these six worthy charities,” LBG President and New Jersey Devils’ Amateur Scout Lew Mongelluzzo said. “I hope that everyone will do their part to make a donation. We all have so much to be thankful for.”
To make a donation to the Liberty Bell Games/Play It Forward Platform click here.
In honor of the late Bob Crocker, whose distinguished 60-year hockey career spanned Boston University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, the Liberty Bell Games’ tournament finale set for 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 was renamed “The Bob Crocker Memorial Championship.”
The Liberty Bell Games also wish to thank Wendy’s and the New Jersey Devils for their unwavering support, extending their genuine appreciation to USA Hockey, the Red Bank Armory and other event contributors and supporters who continue to play an essential role in its success.
A number of NHL alumni and other special guests are scheduled to make appearances over the course of the two-weekend event including but not limited to Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver, Jim Dowd, Eric Boulton, Yves Heroux, Tony Horacek, Riley Cote and Rick Kowalsky.
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— Liberty Bell Games (@LAPMLBG) June 4, 2019
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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