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Four Seniors & Two Juniors Highlight December’s Selections

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils High School Player of the Month Program continues this season.  Players named for December 2008 are:  junior forward Mark Constantine (Bishop Eustace Prep, Gordon Conference);  junior forward Patrick Erstling (Northern Highlands Regional, Northern Conference/NBIAL);  senior forward Ryan Jacobsen (Hunterdon Central Regional, Central Conference);  senior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Christian Brothers Academy, Southern/Shore Conference);  senior forward Sam Ladyzinski (Pingry School, Morris County);  and senior forward Max Matejik (Notre Dame, Mercer County).
January winner Tim Kinsley (left) with Johnny Oduya and December winner Mark Constantine

Max Matejik with Paul Martin
Jay Leach with Sam Ladyzinski
Patrick Erstling with Brian Rolston
Ryan Jacobsen with Brian Rolston
Trevor van Riemsdyk with Brian Rolston

Each month, December through February, six student-athletes, one from each of six different conferences, are selected as recipients of the award.  Public A, Public B and Non-Public All-Tournament Teams will be selected in March and an overall High School Player of the Year will be chosen at the conclusion of the season.

Winners are based on nominations received from varsity ice hockey coaches throughout the state and voted on by local media.  Award winners and their guests receive tickets to a Devils' game, a plaque presented by a Devils' player, and dinner compliments of the Devils.  This marks the 17th season that the Devils are honoring high school student-athletes.

For further information, please contact the Devils’ Communications Department at 973-757-6100.