Stafford Roller Hockey Carries on Raylman Legacy



The in excess of-35 division of Stafford Roller Hockey completed its 10-week tumble period very last 7 days. Roller hockey was additional to Stafford rec sporting activities by Jim Raylman in 1999. It is open to men and girls in all divisions.
Jim passed absent in 2019 his son Kevin Raylman has picked up the reins. A main team of volunteers from the early many years are nevertheless energetic nowadays, he reported. The elaborate is named in his dad’s honor: the James E. Raylman Hockey Elaborate.
“We are all trying to continue the legacy he remaining,” Kevin stated.
Stafford Roller Hockey is an tutorial league, he spelled out, indicating the coaches are essential to choose a study course sponsored by Rutgers College to certify them in all parts of security, emphasizing sportsmanship together with hockey techniques. The league provides for little ones as younger as 5 with no skating or hockey practical experience essential the divisions are for ages 7 to 10, 11 to 14, 18-35 and 35+.
“We try out to preserve the registration charges sensible by presenting half value for siblings and used tools at minimum prices,” Raylman added.
Most of the gamers are living in Stafford, but members also come from Egg Harbor, Smithville, Toms River, Berkeley and Tuckerton.
Not a lot of other close by cities offer roller hockey, Raylman noted. “Some cities have attempted but have not been effective. They connect with us to get information and concepts, and we would like them the finest. It will take a large determination from quite a few individuals. And we are so fortunate to have the recreation department in this article in Stafford. They are super supportive, starting up from the incredibly commencing again in 1999.”
The rink is found on Doc Cramer Boulevard, Raylman mentioned, nestled among the tiny league and softball fields. The rink surface has a base coat of asphalt with a major surface area equivalent to a tennis court docket, applied with a squeegee.
The rink is in fantastic form, he reported. The township is attentive and maintains the rink, which includes periodic resurfacing.
“I enjoy looking at the young ones produce from not getting equipped to stand up on their skates to racing up and down the rink in the course of their video games,” Raylman explained. “Many acquire their love of hockey here and ultimately go on to participate in ice hockey for Southern Regional Higher School.” He added the bulk of the existing superior school ice hockey team started in the Stafford Roller Hockey inexperienced persons clinic when they were being 5.
For far more facts, stop by staffordhockey.org or e mail staffordhockey@gmail.com.  —V.F.

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