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New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
Founded 1974
Home ice Continental Airlines Arena
Based in East Rutherford
Colors red & black
League National Hockey League
Head coach Pat Burns
General manager Louis Lamoriello
Owner Jeff Vanderbeek

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

Founded: 19741975 (franchise awarded June 8, 1972)
Formerly Known As: Kansas City Scouts (19741976), Colorado Rockies (19761982)
Arena: Continental Airlines Arena (capacity 19,040), formerly known as the Brendan Byrne Arena until 1996.
Uniform colors: Red, White, and Black
Logo design: a circle with a red N and J shaped like a devil's horns and tail
Stanley Cup wins: 3 - 1995, 2000, 2003
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Franchise history

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 Scouts' lack of success on the ice and financial problems forced them to move to Denver, Colorado after only two years.

In Denver, where they were known as the Colorado Rockies, they also failed to attract fans, and in their six-year tenure in Colorado they only made the playoffs once. Not even the hiring of popular, flamboyant coach Don Cherry could save the Rockies, and then-owner John McMullen moved the team to the new Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1982.

The team was renamed the New Jersey Devils, a name influenced by the legend of the Jersey Devil, an ominous cryptozoological creature, supposed to inhabit the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey. They continued their losing ways through the remainder of the 1980s, with the exception of a Cinderella run to the Wales Conference Final in 1988, where they lost to the Boston Bruins.

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, only to lose to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, in the Eastern conference final.

Despite the setback, the damage was done. The following year, the same team would win their first-ever Stanley Cup in a lockout-shortened season, sweeping the Detroit Red Wings in four games.

The Devils missed the playoffs in 1996, and failed to live up to expectations through the remainder of the 1990s. In 19992000, 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: Patrick Elias, Petr Sykora, Jason Arnott, Brian Rafalski, Alexander Mogilny, and rookies Scott Gomez and John Madden to name a few.

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.

Their arch-rivals are the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

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.

Notable players

Hall of Famers:

Current stars:

Not to be forgotten:

Retired Numbers:

Sources

  • Mays, Jeffery C., George E. Jordan (February 3, 2005) Newark, Devils make arena a reality (http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-8/110741468033170.xml), The Star-Ledger (NJ).

External links

National Hockey League
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Trophies and Awards: Stanley Cup | Prince of Wales | Clarence S. Campbell | Presidents' Trophy | Art Ross | Bill Masterton | Calder | Conn Smythe | Hart | Norris | King Clancy | Lady Byng | Lester B. Pearson Award | Rocket Richard | Plus/Minus | Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award | Jennings | Vezina
Related Articles: AHL | ECHL | WHA | World Cup

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