Devils Forward Kyle Palmieri to Launch “The Kyle Palmieri Foundation”

Devils Forward Kyle Palmieri to Launch “The Kyle Palmieri Foundation”

Contact:  Corinne Weltman
Pete Albietz




Devils Forward Kyle Palmieri to Launch

“The Kyle Palmieri Foundation”

Newark, NJ— New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri and his fiancé Ashlee Casper have officially launched his new foundation, The Kyle Palmieri Foundation. The mission of The Kyle Palmieri Foundation is to give back to those who put their lives on the line to preserve our freedoms as Americans.

Kyle and Ashlee will continue their mission to show their sincerest appreciation for active and veteran service members and their families for their sacrifices they have made. The foundation plans to raise funds for various programs that benefit the military community.

“There are endless challenges facing our nation’s military service members and veterans. We hope to help ease some of these challenges by providing support through the Kyle Palmieri Foundation and through our partnerships with NMFA, SWAN, and Pets for Vets. Each of these organizations provide invaluable support and services, and the Foundation looks to help expand their incredible work. We’re proud to offer our help as a way to say thank you to the brave men and women who are serving and have served our country,” said Kyle.

The issue is personal to Kyle, as he has several family ties to the military. Currently, his sister Taylor and brother-in-law Stephen are honorably serving our country in the National Guard and the U.S. Army. This close connection to the military inspired Kyle to do more to help those who sacrifice the most.

What began as an idea with a military recognition program ran in conjunction with the New Jersey Devils called Squad21 in 2016, The Kyle Palmieri Foundation has since evolved into a full-fledged charity organization that supports three (3) military nonprofits. The foundation will also develop special events in the future that will raise funds to assist in the continued support for active and veteran service members. The original Squad21 program will still live within the foundation.

The Kyle Palmieri Foundation proudly supports the following organizations and programs:

  • Squad21 – Squad21 is a military recognition program that offers active and veteran service members the chance to attend a New Jersey Devils home game in Newark during the regular season. Playing upon Kyle’s team number of 21, twenty-one people are randomly chosen from a military organization for each of the 21 designated Squad21 games and invited to bring a guest. As part of the program, the service members and their guests have an exclusive meet-and-greet with Kyle following each game. Fans can support and interact with the Squad21 program using #Squad21 on social media. For more information, please visit:
  • Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) – The Service Women’s Action Network is the voice of all military women. SWAN is a member-driven community network advocating for the individual and collective needs of service women. They are committed to seeing that all service women receive the opportunities, protections, benefits and respect they deserve. For more information, please visit:
  • National Military Family Association (NMFA) –The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting the families of the men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen. NMFA provides families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA with information, works to get them the benefits they deserve, and offers programs that improve their lives. For more information, please visit:
  • Pets for Vets – Pets for Vets was created to improve the lives of both Veterans and animals by bringing them together in a thoughtful, caring way. Their goal is to give back to the brave servicemen and women who have given everything to our country, while finding homes for deserving shelter pets. For more information, please visit:

“Kyle understands military families and the challenges they face because he is part of one,” said NMFA Executive Director Joyce Raezar. “We at NMFA are grateful for Kyle and the Kyle Palmieri Foundation for shining a light on those who stand behind our service members and whose sacrifices often go unnoticed.”

“For the last ten (10) years, SWAN has served as the leading, national organization advocating for the issues important to all military women and we’re excited that the Kyle Palmieri Foundation will help us amplify their voices,” said Lydia C. Watts, SWAN CEO. “With nearly 2.5 million women veterans and women who currently serve in our military – the highest number in U.S. history I’d like to add – it’s vital that we draw attention to their individual and collective needs. We’re thankful that the Foundation shares our goal of ensuring all service women have access to the tools and support they need during and after their service.”

“Pets for Vets® is honored to be a beneficiary of the Kyle Palmieri Foundation and is very excited to be able to work with them to recognize and thank our military servicemen and women,” said Ann Black, Pets for Vets® Inc. President.


About the Kyle Palmieri Foundation

The Kyle Palmieri Foundation (Federal Tax ID 82-3386658) is a nonprofit corporation with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c) (3) founded by New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri. The mission of the Kyle Palmieri Foundation is to give back to the patriots who put their lives on the line to preserve our freedoms as Americans. For more information regarding the Kyle Palmieri foundation, please visit and follow @kpalmierifdn on Instagram and @kpalmierifdn on Twitter.

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Corinne Weltman
New Jersey Devils

Pete Albietz
New Jersey Devils

Ashlee Casper
The Kyle Palmieri Foundation

Devils and Forward Kyle Palmieri to Launch “Squad21”

Devils and Forward Kyle Palmieri to Launch “Squad21”

New Military Recognition Program to Host Active and Veteran Service Members at Devils Games This Season

by New Jersey Devils /

November 11th, 2016

Military Appreciation Night special for Kyle Palmieri

Military Appreciation Night special for Kyle Palmieri

Devils forward has sister in National Guard, brother-in-law is Army Ranger

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

 November 11th, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. — Kyle Palmieri feels forever indebted to his older sister and brother-in-law for providing him the freedom to do what he does best as a forward for the New Jersey Devils.

Taylor Palmieri has been a member of the New York National Guard for the past three years. The eldest of the four Palmieri siblings, Tahrin, is married to United States Army Ranger Stephen Ficchi.

“Military has been a part of my family for a long time now; it’s pretty cool to see my sister go out and become someone who protects this country,” Kyle Palmieri said. “I’ve always held people who do that in a very high regard. To have someone that close to my immediate family be involved in the military is a big honor for me. She’s out there in training now [on the East Coast].”

Ficchi is expected to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan later this month. He has served as an Army Ranger for the past 10 years and recently was promoted to the Special Forces division.

“That’s the tough part for my sister,” Palmieri said. “This will be the first time where she won’t know where he’s going or what he’s doing, but it’s something he’s excited to be a part of. I think he’ll know the country he’ll be in, but won’t be stationed in one spot. He’ll be deployed to different parts of the country, wherever he is.

“They just introduced a baby girl [Gianna] into the world in April, and now my brother-in-law will have to deploy and serve his country. It takes a pretty special person to be able to do that.”

Palmieri is looking forward to Military Appreciation Night when the Devils host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG-B, NHL.TV). In addition to honoring 300 service members attending the game, Palmieri and the Devils will launch “Squad 21.” For 21 games, starting Saturday, the Devils will host 21 active-duty or retired member of the military in Section 21 at Prudential Center. Each member and their guest will meet Palmieri after the game.

Palmieri on Veteran’s Day

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“I’m sure they’re going to be excited to come watch a game,” Palmieri said. “Some of them come from places that don’t necessarily have hockey. But I’m looking forward to what it brings, and hopefully they have a couple of enjoyable nights.”

Palmieri said he still can recall the moment Taylor decided to dedicate her life to serving her country.

“She was always the feistiest of all of us, for sure,” he said. “She had a spark about her and that little bit of attitude and swagger. When she graduated Rutgers University she still wasn’t 100-percent sure what she wanted to do. She knew she wanted to get into the medical field. Right around this same time was when [Tahrin] and now brother-in-law were married. He kind of used his experience, and it made an impression upon Taylor to join the National Guard.

“I’m sure there are some tough moments for her, but I know she really enjoys being able to give back to our country.”

Palmieri said he also considered joining the military but that the success he experienced in hockey outweighed everything else. Palmieri played two seasons of high school hockey at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey, before joining USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round (No. 26) of the 2009 NHL Draft. Born in Smithtown, New York, but raised in Montvale, New Jersey, Palmieri was acquired by the Devils in a trade with the Ducks on June 27, 2015.

“I didn’t have much of a military background growing up, but as I got older hockey was something I loved more than anything,” Palmieri said. “In reality it’s tough to look back and say, ‘Oh, when I was 18 I would have entered.’ But I think it’s something that would have been an option for me.”

Palmieri said talking about hockey is a break from reality for his sister and brother-in-law whenever his family gets together.

“Stephen is a quiet guy and pretty reserved, but you can tell he brings a rigidness of the Army to the way he lives his life,” Palmieri said. “I remember one story he told. He was on an all-night flight from Germany to Washington, D.C., and then flew to Georgia, where he and my sister were living at the time. My sister told me the first thing he did when he got home was mow the lawn and clean the garage. It takes a special kind of person to sacrifice that much and go through what he has. He’s in charge of a lot of guys but he’s proud to be responsible and protect our country.”

Veterans Day always has been a huge deal in the Palmieri home. It meant a lot to Palmieri to play in a preseason game against the Florida Panthers at Tate Rink at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York in October.

“To have people who are still putting their lives on the line for something they might not even believe in totally but remain patriots, and have the heart to go over there and protect our freedom, is something that is one of the most selfless acts you could ever imagine,” Palmieri said. “I hold them in the highest regard and it’s something very special to me to have a sister and brother-in-law serving our country.”