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New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
Founded 1974
Home ice Continental Airlines Arena
Based in East Rutherford, New Jersey
Colors Red & Black
League National Hockey League
Head coach Larry Robinson
General manager Lou Lamoriello
Owner Jeff Vanderbeek
AHL affiliate Albany River Rats

The New Jersey Devils (NJD) are a National Hockey League team based in the Continental Airlines Arena of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Founded: 1974-1975 (franchise awarded June 8, 1972)
Formerly Known As: Kansas City Scouts (19741976), Colorado Rockies (19761982)
Arena: Continental Airlines Arena (capacity 19,040), known as the Brendan Byrne Arena until 1996.
Uniform colors: Red, White, and Black
Logo design: A red NJ monogram styled like a devil's horns and tail outlined in black and sitting on an open black circle
Mascot: NJ Devil
Stanley Cup Finals Appearances: [3 won, 1 lost] - 1995 (won), 2000 (won), 2001 (lost), 2003 (won)
Main Rivals: New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers

Franchise history

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Logo of the Kansas City Scouts (1974-1976)
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Logo of the Colorado Rockies (1976-1982)

Kansas City and Colorado

On October 9, 1974, the Kansas City Scouts took to the ice for the first time in Kansas City, Missouri, losing 6-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team played its home games in Kemper Arena. The Scouts failed to make the playoffs in either of their two seasons, and managed to win just 27 games total. The team sold only 2,000 season tickets (out of 8,000) for its second season. The Scouts' lack of success on the ice, coupled with financial problems (the team was almost $1 million in debt by the 1975-1976 season) forced them to move to Denver, Colorado after only two years.

Playing in Denver as the Colorado Rockies they still failed to attract fans, and in their six-year stay they only made the playoffs once. Not even the hiring of popular, flamboyant coach Don Cherry could save the Rockies. Cherry was one of seven coaches the team employed over six seasons. The team changed ownership twice, finally being purchased by Dr. John McMullen on May 27, 1982. McMullen made the long-rumored move from Denver to New Jersey a reality, relocating the franchise for a second time to the new Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1982.

New Jersey

The team was officially renamed the New Jersey Devils on June 29, 1982, a name influenced by the legend of the Jersey Devil, an ominous cryptozoological creature supposed to inhabit the Pine Barrens. Even though the team moved to New Jersey, the Devils didn't fare much better than their predecessors, finishing with a losing record in their first five seasons. The Devils changed this trend during the 1987-88 NHL season, where the team finished with a winning record and a Cinderella run to the Wales Conference Final, where they lost to the Boston Bruins. 1987 was also significant because the Devils hired Lou Lamoriello as team President in April, then named him President/General Manager before the start of the 1987-88 NHL season. With his astute business sense and keen ability to spot hockey talent, Lamoriello would become the architect of the Devils championship teams. Lamoriello also changed the face of the NHL when he helped Viacheslav Fetisov (who is considered one of the best defensemen to ever play the game) and Segei Starikov leave the U.S.S.R. to become two of the first Soviet-born players to play in the NHL.

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1982-1983 New Jersey Devils Official Team Photo

Between 1990 and 1993, the Devils made the playoffs each year, only to bow out in the first round each time. In 1994, the Devils started gaining respectability in NHL circles. A team headlined by defensemen Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer; Claude Lemieux, Bobby Holik, Valeri Zelepukin, Stephane Richer and John MacLean on offense; and goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Chris Terreri steamrolled through the regular season, finishing with the league's second-best record and the franchise's first 100-point season. The Devils took the New York Rangers, the only team with a better record during the regular season, to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals before losing the seventh game in double overtime. The Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Despite the setback, the team returned to the Eastern Conference Final during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 NHL season and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, four games to two. The team went on to win its first-ever Stanley Cup, sweeping the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings in four games.

The Devils missed the playoffs following the 1996 season and failed to live up to expectations throughout the remainder of the 1990s. In 1999-00, however, they reached the top again. Stevens, Holik, Lemieux, Niedermayer, and Brodeur, all integral parts of the 1995 team, won their second Cup rings, but they were backed up by new blood that the Devils had acquired in the intervening five years: Patrik Elias, Petr Sykora, Jason Arnott, Brian Rafalski, Alexander Mogilny, and rookies Scott Gomez and John Madden to name a few.

In 2000 Dr. John McMullen, long-time owner of the Devils, sold the team to YankeeNets for $175 million. YankeeNets then owned the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets.

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Martin Brodeur (G), career record 403-217-105 as of the 2005-2006 season

The team fell short of winning their third Stanley Cup in 2001, losing to the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. In 2002, they were thought to be contenders once again, but lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round. In 2003, they returned to the top, beating the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the Stanley Cup, four games to three. Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Ken Daneyko, and Sergei Brylin each won their third cup and Jeff Friesen, Jamie Langenbrunner, John Madden, and Brian Rafalski were all important contributors.

In February 2005, the New Jersey Devils signed an agreement with the city of Newark, New Jersey to build a new hockey arena, at a cost of $310 million. The new arena, to replace the Continental Airlines Arena, is expected to open for the 2007-2008 hockey season.

Recently New Jersey State Assemblyman Craig Stanley, who is a Baptist deacon, announced that he planned on introducing a resolution to have the Devils change their name because of its religious undertone. However, Devils officials including CEO Lou Lamoriello said that there would be no name change. Despite the logo and mascot implying that the Devils are modeled after the Christian representation of the Devil, the team's name comes from the legendary Jersey Devil.

In July 2005 it was announced that head coach Pat Burns would not return for the 2005-2006 season after being diagnosed with cancer for the second time in little more than a year. Larry Robinson, the Devils' coach from March 23, 2000, to January 28, 2002, will return as head coach in the 2005-2006 season.

The Devils will also start 2005-2006 without two defensive stalwarts: Scott Niedermayer signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and longtime captain Scott Stevens announced his retirement on September 6, 2005. John Madden, Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski were all named alternate captains, but no official captain was named. Patrik Elias, formerly an alternate captain, suffered from hepatitis at the start of the season, and upon his return the team may need to rearrange their captain situation.

Season-by-season record

Logo Season GP W L T OL GF GA PTS PIM Finish Playoffs
25px 1982-83 80 17 49 14 - 230 338 48 1270 5th, Patrick Division Out of playoffs
25px 1983-84 80 17 56 7 - 231 350 41 1352 5th, Patrick Division Out of playoffs
25px 1984-85 80 22 48 10 - 264 346 54 1282 5th, Patrick Division Out of playoffs
25px 1985-86 80 28 49 3 - 300 374 59 1424 6th, Patrick Division Out of playoffs
25px 1986-87 80 29 45 6 - 293 368 64 1735 6th, Patrick Division Out of playoffs
25px 1987-88 80 38 36 6 - 295 296 82 2315 4th, Patrick Division Lost 3rd round
25px 1988-89 80 27 41 12 - 281 325 66 2499 5th, Patrick Division Out of playoffs
25px 1989-90 80 37 34 9 - 295 288 83 1659 2nd, Patrick Division Lost 1st round
25px 1990-91 80 32 33 15 - 272 264 79 2024 4th, Patrick Division Lost 1st round
25px 1991-92 80 38 31 11 - 289 259 87 1611 4th, Patrick Division Lost 1st round
25px 1992-93 84 40 37 7 - 308 299 87 1815 4th, Patrick Division Lost 1st round
25px 1993-94 84 47 25 12 - 306 220 106 1734 2nd, Atlantic Division Lost 3rd round
25px 1994-951 48 22 18 8 - 136 121 52 787 2nd, Atlantic Division Won Stanley Cup
25px 1995-96 82 37 33 12 - 215 202 86 1486 6th, Atlantic Division Out of playoffs
25px 1996-97 82 45 23 14 - 231 182 104 1135 1st, Atlantic Division Lost 2nd round
25px 1997-98 82 48 23 11 - 225 166 107 1488 1st, Atlantic Division Lost 1st round
25px 1998-99 82 47 24 11 - 248 196 105 1355 1st, Atlantic Division Lost 1st round
25px 1999-00 82 45 24 8 5 251 203 103 1313 2nd, Atlantic Division Won Stanley Cup
25px 2000-01 82 48 19 12 3 295 195 111 1235 1st, Atlantic Division Lost in Finals
25px 2001-02 82 41 28 9 4 205 187 95 1010 3rd, Atlantic Division Lost 1st round
25px 2002-03 82 46 20 10 6 216 166 108 938 1st, Atlantic Division Won Stanley Cup
25px 2003-04 82 43 25 12 2 213 164 100 894 2nd, Atlantic Division Lost 1st round
25px 2004-052 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
25px 2005-06 8 4 4 -- 0 8 25 28
1 Season was shortened due to the 1994-95 NHL lockout.
2 Season was cancelled due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

Notable players

Current Squad

As of October 25, 2005 [1]

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
30 Template:Flagicon Martin Brodeur L 1990 Montréal, Québec
40 Template:Flagicon Scott Clemmensen L 1997 Des Moines, Iowa
Defensemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Template:Flagicon Vladimir Malakhov L 2005 Yekaterinburg, U.S.S.R.
5 Template:Flagicon Colin White - A L 1996 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
6 Template:Flagicon Dan McGillis L 2005 Hawkesbury, Ontario
7 Template:Flagicon Paul Martin L 2000 Minneapolis, Minnesota
8 Template:Flagicon Sean Brown L 2003 Oshawa, Ontario
24 Template:Flagicon Richard Matvichuk L 2004 Edmonton, Alberta
28 Template:Flagicon Brian Rafalski - A R 1999 Dearborn, Michigan
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
9 Template:Flagicon Zach Parise L C 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
10 Template:Flagicon Erik Rasmussen L C 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
11 Template:Flagicon John Madden - A L C 1997 Barrie, Ontario
14 Template:Flagicon Brian Gionta R RW 1998 Rochester, New York
15 Template:Flagicon Jamie Langenbrunner R RW 1993 Duluth, Minnesota
17 Template:Flagicon Darren Langdon L LW 2004 Deer Lake, Newfoundland
18 Template:Flagicon Sergei Brylin L C 1992 Moscow, U.S.S.R.
19 Template:Flagicon Krzysztof Oliwa L LW/RW 2004 Tychy, Poland
20 Template:Flagicon Jay Pandolfo L LW 1993 Winchester, Massachusetts
21 Template:Flagicon Pascal Rheaume L C 2004 Québec, Québec
22 Template:Flagicon Viktor Kozlov R C 2004 Tolyatti, U.S.S.R.
23 Template:Flagicon Scott Gomez L C 1998 Anchorage, Alaska
26 Template:Flagicon Patrik Eliáš (Injured Reserve) - A L LW 1994 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
29 Template:Flagicon Grant Marshall R RW 2003 Mississauga, Ontario
89 Template:Flagicon Alexander Mogilny - A L RW 2005 Khabarovsk, U.S.S.R.

Hall of Famers

Team captains

Note: This list does not include former captains of the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies

* Although Scott Niedermayer served as interim captain in the latter half of the 2003-04 season, Scott Stevens, who was injured, was still offically the captain.

Not to be forgotten

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John MacLean holds the all-time team records for goals (347) and points (701).

Retired Numbers

  • 99 Wayne Gretzky (retired league-wide by the NHL)
  • Although not officially retired by the team, the Devils have not reissued number 3 since the retirement of Ken Daneyko or number 4 since the retirement of Scott Stevens.

Sources

See also

External links

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