Sense Arena Official Partner of the New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils name Sense Arena, world-leader in virtual reality ice hockey training, as official cognitive training tool.

November 17, 2021

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NEWARK – (APRIL 22, 2021) – The New Jersey Devils have today named Sense Arena, the world-leader
in virtual reality ice hockey training, as the team’s Official Cognitive Training Tool.  With over 1,000 installations in 11 countries, Sense Arena’s off-ice training modules for players and goalies, designed by professional ice hockey players, coaches and specialists, use proprietary algorithms to provide immediate performance feedback to develop and sharpen athlete’s ‘read and react’ skills and cognitive aptitude.  

The Devils partnership will feature activation initiatives that span the team’s Athlete Care and Player Performance departments, which will utilize Sense Arena’s modules from player and goalie training, development and rehabilitation; to fan engagement initiatives on Devils social media and digital platforms and in Prudential Center, the RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House and Devils youth hockey efforts in rinks across New Jersey.

Following extended closures of rinks and ice hockey training facilities over the past 12 months, and given the overwhelming demand for off-ice training solutions for youth to professional hockey players, Sense Arena will relaunch its “Sense Arena for Players” platform in an accessible oculus-module in June.

The average Sense Arena athlete trains on the platform weekly, utilizing 30-50 drills. Game scenario decision making, player anticipation, multi-tasking and ‘Odd-Man’ game situations highlight the most popular player-focused offerings; while release reading, box control and facing screens are among the most prominent goalie drills.

"Sense Arena has been dedicated to the cognitive development and rehabilitation of athletes for several years now.  
The fact that the New Jersey Devils Athlete Care staff adopted Sense Arena for the benefit of their players is something we take very seriously and validates our approach on how off-ice cognitive training will lead to on-ice performance improvement and safe return to play.  We are also excited to work with the organization to build awareness of cognitive and brain training among
the Devils Youth Hockey programs and the greater Devil's community in general. Together, we will make
cognitive training more accessible to more players
and programs and help the cognitive side of the game
throughout the region,” said Bob Tetiva, Sense Arena Founder and CEO.  

Chris Stackpole

“Our Athlete Care Staff utilizes Sense Arena as a training and rehabilitation tool to support, guide and improve our players cognitive reaction, aptitude and confidence in return to play training. Sense Arena’s ability to hone skills critical to overall player improvement and peak performance in an off-ice simulation is an edge for players at all levels of our organization. The focus on simulating game action without requiring the on-ice setting is an added resource to benefit our players’ training.”
said Dr. Chris Stackpole, Vice President, Athlete Care, New Jersey Devils

Jake Reynolds

“Our organization remains committed to providing the best training, development and rehabilitation tools to both our professional athletes
and our surrounding youth hockey community. We are thrilled to announce Sense Arena as our Official Cognitive Training Tool, in a partnership that provides opportunities for New Jersey’s youth players to access industry-leading technology,” said Jake Reynolds, President of the New Jersey Devils. “We look forward to installing Sense Arena’s virtual reality-based training platform in the RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House, in our continued commitment to support and develop the next generation of proud New Jersey hockey players.”

To support Sense Arena’s goal of using off-ice, virtual reality simulation to develop and improve youth
to professional ice hockey players across the world, the Devils will install Sense Arena for Players and Goalies, the platform for training centres in RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House for youth and community ice hockey development use in the fall of 2021. Sense Arena for Players and Goalies will be also integrated into the Devils Hockey Academy, the team’s training and development platform supporting youth camps and clinics, diversity-focused Learn to Play programs and more.

The team will dedicate an episode of Devils Details digital series to chronicling the experiences of Devils players and goalies utilizing Sense Arena’s virtual reality-driven training platform. Sense Arena will become the presenting partner of Stall Mates, an article published weekly on Devils digital and social media platform, sharing entertaining locker room insights.


The New Jersey Devils are part of the 31-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they are entering their 37th season in the Garden State. During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships: 1995, 2000 and 2003.


Following the overwhelming demand for off-ice training solution, Sense Arena is going to unveil new, accessible Sense Arena for Players on Oculus Quest 2 soon.

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