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New Jersey Devils
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1974
History Kansas City Scouts
19741976
Colorado Rockies
19761982
New Jersey Devils
1982–present
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
City East Rutherford, New Jersey
Local Media Affiliates FSN New York
MSG Network
WFAN (660 AM)
Team Colors Red, Black, and White
Owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Head Coach Claude Julien
Captain Patrik Elias
Minor League Affiliates Lowell Devils (AHL) </br> Trenton Titans (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03
Conference Championships 1994-95, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03
Division Championships 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06

The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Devils have won the Stanley Cup three times, first in the lockout-shortened 1995 season. The club was founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1974, moved to Denver, Colorado after only two seasons, then settled in New Jersey in 1982. Under current general manager Lou Lamoriello, the Devils have earned a playoff spot in each of the last nine and 17 of the last 19 seasons.<ref name="Playoffs">Template:Cite web</ref>

Since their move to New Jersey, the Devils have played their home games at the Continental Airlines Arena. In 2007, the team is expected to move to a new arena under construction in the city of Newark.<ref name="groundbreak">Template:Cite web</ref> They have rivalries with their trans-Hudson neighbor, the New York Rangers,<ref name="RivalRangers">Template:Cite web</ref> and with the Philadelphia Flyers, as either the Devils or Flyers have won the Atlantic Division title every season since 1995.<ref name="atlantic">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="atlantic2">Template:Cite web</ref>

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[edit] Franchise history

[edit] Kansas City and Colorado

See also: Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies (NHL)

In 1974, the NHL ended its first expansion period by adding teams in Kansas City, Missouri, and Washington, D.C.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> The Kansas City franchise was to be called the Mohawks, since the Kansas City metropolitan area includes portions of Missouri and Kansas. However, the Chicago Black Hawks objected to the similarity. The team was renamed the Scouts after a statue in the city.<ref name="kcscouts">Template:Cite web</ref>

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Logo of the Kansas City Scouts (1974–1976)
On October 9, 1974, the Scouts took the ice for the first time in Toronto and lost 6-2 to the Maple Leafs. Due to a rodeo being held in Kansas City's brand-new Kemper Arena, the Scouts were forced to wait nine games before making their home debut. Although they lost that game to the Black Hawks 4-3, the next night they beat fellow newcomer the Washington Capitals 5-4. The Scouts failed to make the playoffs in either season in Kansas City and won only 27 of 160 games.

Although they were not nearly as horrendous as the Washington Capitals, the team suffered from an economic downturn in the Midwest. For their second season, the Scouts sold just 2,000 of 8,000 season tickets and was almost $1 million in debt. Due to these on- and off-ice disappointments, the franchise moved to Denver and was renamed the Colorado Rockies.<ref name="kcscouts" />

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Logo of the Colorado Rockies (1976–1982)

The team made a fresh start in Colorado, winning its first game 4-2 over Toronto. They picked up momentum and looked like a possible playoff contender, but things collapsed in February, and the Rockies finished the 1976-77 season with a record of 20-46-14. The next season, despite finishing with fewer wins, they managed to edge the Vancouver Canucks out of the last playoff spot by two points, but were quickly eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round.

Prior to the 1978-79 season, owner Jack Vickers sold the team to Arthur Imperatore, who announced that he wished to move the team to the New Jersey Meadowlands. The NHL vetoed the move, requiring the team to remain in Denver until the Brendan Byrne Arena was complete. In 1979, the team hired Don Cherry as head coach and traded for Maple Leafs star Lanny McDonald, but despite these moves, the Rockies posted the worst record in the league. They played the next two seasons with the possibility of moving until May 27, 1982, when New Jersey shipping tycoon John McMullen purchased the team and announced that the long-expected move to New Jersey would finally come to pass.<ref name="rockies">Template:Cite web</ref>

This move appeared to make little sense. The team would now be playing right in the middle of the New York–New Jersey–Connecticut tri-state area, home to the three-time defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders, as well as the New York Rangers. McMullen had to compensate the Islanders, Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers for "invading" their territory.

[edit] New Jersey

[edit] 1982–1993

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The 1982-83 New Jersey Devils

The team was renamed the New Jersey Devils on June 30, 1982. Over 10,000 people voted in a contest held by local newspapers to select the name,<ref>Mifflin, Lawrie, Katz, Michael. "SCOUTING; 'Jersey Devils' Wins Name Poll", The New York Times, 1982-06-30.</ref> which is influenced by the legend of the Jersey Devil, an ominous cryptozoological creature supposed to inhabit the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> The Devils' first game ended in a 3-3 tie to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their first win, a 3-2 victory, came in New Jersey at the expense of their new trans-Hudson rivals, the New York Rangers.<ref name="datesinhistory">Template:Cite web</ref> The team finished with a 17-49-14 record, putting them three points above last place in the Patrick Division.

In the following season, the Devils were publicly humiliated by Wayne Gretzky after they were blown out 13-4 by his team, the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky was upset that former teammate Ron Low played for what he considered an inferior team, and in a post-game interview said:

Well, it's time they got their act together. They're ruining the whole league. They had better stop running a Mickey Mouse organization and put somebody on ice.<ref name="mickeymouse">Template:Cite web</ref>

Later, Gretzky publicly admitted that his comment went too far, but privately maintained that his comment was accurate.<ref name="gretzkyapology">Template:Cite web</ref> In response, many Devils fans wore Mickey Mouse apparel when the Oilers returned to New Jersey.<ref name="mickeymouse" />

In the 1983-84 season, the Devils hosted the annual NHL All-Star Game at the Brendan Byrne Arena. Glenn "Chico" Resch was the winning goaltender, and Devils defenseman Joe Cirella tallied a goal as the Wales Conference beat the Campbell Conference 7-6.<ref name="datesinhistory" /> However, the team did not achieve much success. Head coach Bill MacMillan was fired midway through the season and replaced with Tom McVie, and the Devils posted their worst record in team history, finishing 17-56-7. After the season, McVie was replaced by Doug Carpenter.

Meanwhile, the Devils had begun building a nucleus of young players. John MacLean, Kirk Muller, and Pat Verbeek all complemented the veteran leadership of Resch. The team's record improved each season between 1984 and 1987. However, the presence of the powerful Islanders, Flyers and Capitals in the Patrick Division meant that the Devils found themselves fighting with the Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins for the last playoff spot in the division--and they usually came up short.

Hoping to light a spark under the team, McMullen hired Providence College coach and athletic director Lou Lamoriello as team president in April 1987. Lamoriello appointed himself general manager shortly before the 1987-88 season. This move sent shock waves across the league. Although Lamoriello had been a college coach for 19 years, he had never played, coached, or managed in the NHL.

The 1987-88 Devils garnered the first winning record in the franchise's 13-year history. On the final day of the regular season, they were tied with their nemesis, the Rangers, for the final playoff spot in the Patrick Division. After New York defeated the Quebec Nordiques 3-0, all eyes were on the Devils, who were playing the Blackhawks in Chicago. The Devils were trailing 3-2 midway through the third period when John MacLean tied the game, and with two minutes left in overtime, he added the winning goal. Although the Rangers and Devils both finished with 82 points, the Devils had one more win, sending them to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.<ref>http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nhl/nj/njdevils.html New Jersey Devils on SportsEcyclopedia</ref>

The team made it all the way to the conference finals, but lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games. In that series, head coach Jim Schoenfeld verbally abused referee Don Koharski, screaming obscenties and suggesting the official "have another donut". The incident resulted in a suspension for Schoenfeld, which the franchise appealed to the New Jersey Superior Court. This unprecedented appeal to authority outside the NHL gave the Devils a preliminary stay of the coach's suspension. In protest, referee Dave Newell and the assigned linesmen boycotted the next scheduled New Jersey–Boston playoff match. Two linesmen from youth leagues were found in the stands to work the game wearing yellow practice jerseys. To resolve the incident, the NHL suspended Schoenfeld for the next game. Schoenfeld later admitted he regretted his comments.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

The following season, the Devils once again slipped below .500 and missed the playoffs. Lamoriello made several postseason player changes, notably signing of the first two Soviet stars to play in the NHL: Viacheslav Fetisov and Sergei Starikov. The Devils drafted Fetisov years earlier in the 1983 entry draft, but the Soviet government would not allow Fetisov, who was an army officer as well as a member of the national team, to leave the country.<ref>http://www.legendsofhockey.net/html/spot_oneononep200101.htm One On One with Viacheslav Fetisov</ref> Shortly after, the Devils signed Fetisov's defense partner, Alexei Kasatonov.

The team changed coaches midway through each of the next two seasons. Schoenfeld was replaced with John Cunniff in 1989-90, and Tom McVie was re-hired midway through the 1990-91 season and helmed the team through its third-straight first-round elimination in 1991-92. Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team, was brought in for the 1992-93 season, but when the team yet again was eliminated in the first round, he was fired and replaced with former Montreal Canadiens forward Jacques Lemaire.<ref name="sportsnj">Template:Cite web</ref>

[edit] 1993–2000

Under Lemaire, the team roared through the 1993-94 regular season with a lineup including defensemen Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, forwards Stephane Richer, John MacLean, Bobby Holik, and Claude Lemieux, and goaltenders Chris Terreri and Martin Brodeur, who was honored as the league's top rookie with the Calder Memorial Trophy.<ref name="Calder">Template:Cite web</ref> The Devils' first 100-point season earned them the NHL's second-best record behind the New York Rangers. The rivals met in the Eastern Conference Finals, which went seven games. Valeri Zelepukin tied the deciding game with 7.7 seconds remaining, but the Devils were defeated in double overtime.

Despite the setback, the team returned to the Eastern Conference Finals during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers four games to two. They swept the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings to win New Jersey's first-ever Stanley Cup, and the first professional sports championship in the state's history. Claude Lemieux was awareded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP. The Devils established an NHL record by posting 11 road victories in one playoff season. The success came amid constant rumors that the team would move for the third time in its history to Nashville, but the club remained in New Jersey.<ref>Keller, Susan. "New Jersey Daily Briefing; Suing Over Meadowlands Lease", The New York Times, May 27, 1995. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref>
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The 1995 Stanley Cup champions

The Devils missed the playoffs the following season and failed to live up to expectations through the remainder of the decade. They were outsted by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 1997 playoffs, and were eliminated in the first round in each of the next two seasons.

But in 1999-00, however, they reached the top again, defeating the defending champion Dallas Stars in six games to win the Stanley Cup for the second time. Stevens, Holik, Lemieux, Niedermayer, and Brodeur, all integral parts of the 1995 team, were augmented with new players acquired in the intervening five years including Patrik Elias, Petr Sykora, Jason Arnott, Alexander Mogilny, and rookies Brian Rafalski, John Madden, and Calder Trophy recipient Scott Gomez. A highlight of the Devils' second championship run was their come-from-behind victory in the conference finals. They trailed the Philadelphia Flyers three games to one, but rebounded to win the series. This was both the first time in Devils playoff history and in NHL Conference Finals history that a 3-1 deficit was surmounted.<ref name="2000ConfFinal">Template:Cite web</ref> Team captain Scott Stevens was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy,<ref name="ConnSmythe">Template:Cite web</ref> and assisted on Jason Arnott's Stanley Cup clinching goal in double-overtime of Game 6 in Dallas.

Shortly before this victory, McMullen sold the team to Puck Holdings, an affiliate of YankeeNets, for $175 million. The owners wanted to use the Devils for programming on the YES Network and move both teams to a new arena in Newark. (Neither of these proposals would become reality under Puck Holdings' ownership.)<ref>Ozanian, Michael. "Ice Capades", Forbes, 2004-11-29. Retrieved on 2006-08-31.</ref> For the start of the next season, Lamoriello was appointed CEO of both the Devils and Nets. He would remain at the helm of the basketball team until it was sold with the intention of moving it to Brooklyn.<ref>"[http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/157436p-138260c.html Lou will leave Nets, stay on as top Devil]", New York Daily News, 2004-01-23. Retrieved on 2006-08-31.</ref>

[edit] 2001–2004

Led by the Elias-Arnott-Sykora line and the stellar play of goaltender Martin Brodeur, the Devils reached the finals for the second straight year. The lost the series to the Colorado Avalanche despite leading 3-2 and having Game Six on home ice.

The next season, they were expected to be contenders once again,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> but were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Goaltender Martin Brodeur has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships, and he is the third winningest goalie in NHL history.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

In 2003, the Devils brought the Stanley Cup to New Jersey a third time, beating the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim four games to three. The playoff run included a seven game conference final series victory over the Ottawa Senators, who won the President's Trophy that season. Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Ken Daneyko, and Sergei Brylin each won their third cup, and after the series, Daneyko, a long-time fan favorite,<ref name="Dano">Template:Cite web</ref> announced his retirement. The Conn Smythe Trophy was awarded to Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who led the seventh-seeded Ducks in their surprising run to the finals, which included series victories over the top two seeds in the Western Conference.<ref name="Ducks">Template:Cite web</ref> Giguere was the first player not on the championship team to be named playoff MVP since Ron Hextall in 1987. This upset Devils fans, since Brodeur outplayed Giguere in the finals, posting three shutout victories. Some hockey writers speculated a New Jersey player did not win because there were multiple candidates, resulting in a split vote among the sportswriters who select the winner.<ref name="PreSmythe03">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="GiguereSmythe">Template:Cite web</ref> However, Brodeur was awarded the Vezina Trophy as outstanding goaltender in the regular season for the first time in his career, and would take home the trophy again the following season.

That season, the Devils once again bowed out in the first round, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers. Near its end, Lehman Brothers executive Jeffrey Vanderbeek, who had been a minority owner since the 2000 sale, purchased a controlling interest from Puck Holdings and resigned from Lehman Brothers to assume full-time ownership.<ref>"Wall Street Executive to Buy Devils", The New York Times, 2004-03-03. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref>

Vanderbeek was a strong proponent of the proposed Newark Arena, which first received funding from the city council during Puck Holdings' ownership in 2002.<ref>Brennan, John. "Newark approves $200M for arena", The Record (Bergen County), 2002-10-17.</ref> After legal battles over both eminent domain and the city's financial participation in the arena project, the final deal was approved by council in October 2004,<ref>Brennan, John. "Newark arena for Devils 'a done deal'", The Record (Bergen County), 2004-10-07. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref> and the groundbreaking occurred almost exactly a year later.<ref name="groundbreak" /> Nonetheless, financial issues threatened to halt the deal, as the Devils did not provide the city with a required letter of credit until the last possible day in January 2006.<ref>Everson, Darren. "At deadline, Devils finally realize Newark arena goal", New York Daily News, 2006-01-25. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref>

Though construction was well underway, in late summer 2006 Cory Booker, who had recently taken office as Mayor of Newark, promised to reevaluate the deal and consider backing out.<ref>Brennan, John. "Newark mayor-elect sees no need for 2 arenas", The Record (Bergen County), 2006-06-20. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref><ref>Burton, Cynthia. "A new light in Newark", The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2006-08-16. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref> In October Booker conceded there would be "a first-class arena built in the city of Newark, whether we like it or not",<ref>Brennan, John. "Devils arena will go forward, Booker says", The Record (Bergen County), 2006-10-20. Retrieved on 2006-10-21.</ref> and soon after the Devils struck a deal including both property and monetary givebacks that appeased city officials.<ref>Brennan, John. "Newark, Devils OK arena deal", The Record (Bergen County), 2006-10-31. Retrieved on 2006-10-31.</ref> The Newark Arena is scheduled to open for the start of the 2007-08 season.<ref>Rotstein, Gary. "$290M in funding tight, but doable, for arena", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2006-07-31. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref>

[edit] 2004–present

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, many Devils players played in European leagues and in the hockey world championships.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Patrik Elias, who was playing in the Russian Superleague, contracted hepatitis A by eating poorly cooked fish.<ref>Harrison, Doug. "Elias a determined Devil", CBC Sports, May 3, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref> Faced with Elias' indefinite recovery timetable, plus the loss of defensive stalwarts Scott Niedermayer to free agency and Scott Stevens to retirement, Lamoriello signed veteran defenseman Dan McGillis and two former Devils – winger Alexander Mogilny and defenseman Vladimir Malakhov, none of whom would finish the season on the ice.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref> In July 2005, the team announced that head coach Pat Burns would not return for the 2005-06 season after being diagnosed with cancer for the second time in little more than a year.<ref>"Devils' Burns battling cancer again, won't coach next year", CBC Sports, 2006-07-08. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref> Assistant coach Larry Robinson, the team's head coach from 2000 to 2002, was promoted to start the season.

The Devils struggled early in the season, ending the 2005 calendar year with a 16-18-5 record.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Robinson resigned as head coach on December 19, and Lamoriello moved down to the bench.<ref>"Lamoriello to finish season behind bench", Canadian Press, 2006-02-22. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref> Once Elias returned from his bout with hepatitis, the team quickly turned around, finishing 46-27-9 after a season-ending eleven-game winning streak capped with a dramatic 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. During that final victory, which clinched the Devils' sixth division title, Brian Gionta set a new team record for goals in a season with 48, topping Pat Verbeek's 46.<ref>"Devils snare division title with three-goal flurry in third", CBS SportsLine, April 18, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref>

On April 29, 2006, the Devils won their first round Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers four games to none, extending their winning streak to fifteen games and marking the first time the Devils defeated their cross-river rival in a playoff series. The team's season ended in the next round with an 4-1 Game 5 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, who would go on to win the Stanley Cup.

In the offseason, the Devils hired former Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien to replace Lamoriello behind the bench.<ref>Frankston, Janet. "Devils Hire Claude Julien As Coach", Associated Press, June 13, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref>

[edit] Style of play

The Devils have been known as a defense-first team since Jacques Lemaire's tenure, when he implemented a system commonly called the neutral zone trap.<ref name="unlocktrap">Kreiser, John. "Unlocking the Trap - defense - Industry Overview", Hockey Digest, November 2003. Retrieved on 2006-09-03.</ref> This system is designed to force teams to turn over the puck in the neutral zone leading to a counterattack.<ref>Kreiser, John. "Caught in a trap: almost every team in the NHL has implemented a "system," but what exactly does that mean?", Hockey Digest, January-February 2004. Retrieved on 2006-09-03.</ref> This style of play, coupled with poor attendance and television ratings, led the team to be chastized by the media and hockey fans for making the NHL boring.<ref>Anderson, Chris. "Boring is beautiful: the Devils' defense-first style may be hell to watch, but it's hard to argue with the results", Hockey Digest, January 2001. Retrieved on 2006-09-03.</ref> Devils coach Larry Robinson asserted that the successful Montreal Canadiens teams he played on in the 1970s used a form of the trap, though it did not have a name.<ref>Yorio, Kara. "Scrap the trap—please", The Sporting News, 2004-09-20. Retrieved on 2006-09-03.</ref>

Since Jacques Lemaire, the team has adopted less of a trap and more of a transitional, "run and gun" style of play.<ref name="pressure">"Devils trying to love pressure", SNY.tv, September 2006. Retrieved on 2006-11-14.</ref> Players such as John Madden, who excels at shorthanded goals, have led the team in placing a greater emphasis on speed and forechecking for the puck. Likewise, Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias are known as strong playmakers on the offensive side of the ice.

[edit] Team colors and mascot

Logo
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The old green style jerseys used from 1982 to 1992
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The current jerseys used since 1992 (Note the JM patch was only worn during the 05-06 season)

The Devils' logo is a monogram of the letters "N" and "J", rendered with two devil horns at the top of the "J" and a pointed tail at the bottom. The monogram is red with a black outline, and sits inside an open black circle. The logo lays on a field of white in the middle of the chest on both uniforms. Prior to the 1992 season, the black circle and outline were green.

Jerseys

The current team colors are red, black and white, and they can be seen on both the home and road jerseys. The home jersey, which was the team's road jersey until 2004 when the NHL decided to switch home and road jerseys,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> is dominantly red in color. There are three black and white stripes, one across each arm and one across the waist. The road jersey is the team's former home jersey, white in color with a similar design, except that the three stripes are black and red. The shoulders are draped with black on both uniforms. Before 1993, the uniforms were green and red with slightly different striping.<ref name="sportsnj" />

Mascot

The current mascot is "NJ Devil", a 7-foot tall devil who plays into the myth of the Jersey Devil. NJ Devil keeps the crowd excited, signs autographs, participates in entertainment during the intermissions, skates across the ice, and runs throughout the aisles of the Continental Airlines Arena to high five fans.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Prior to 1993, the mascot was "Slapshot", a large Devils hockey puck that would also interact with the fans. However, the man inside the costume, Brad Patrick Ebben, was fired after he improperly touched three women while in costume. To remove the stigma of the lawsuit, Slapshot was retired and has not returned since.<ref>Hart, Jon. "Former Eagles mascot Dean Schoenewald is still crazy after all these years", November 29, 2001. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.</ref>

[edit] Seasons and records

[edit] Season by season results

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Records as of November 2, 2006.

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1982-83 80 17 49 14 48 230 338 1270 5th, Patrick Did not qualify
1983-84 80 17 56 7 41 231 350 1352 5th, Patrick Did not qualify
1984-85 80 22 48 10 54 264 346 1282 5th, Patrick Did not qualify
1985-86 80 28 49 3 59 300 374 1424 6th, Patrick Did not qualify
1986-87 80 29 45 6 64 293 368 1735 6th, Patrick Did not qualify
1987-88 80 38 36 6 82 295 296 2315 4th, Patrick Won in Division Semifinals, 4-2 (Islanders) </br> Won in Division Finals, 4-3 (Capitals) </br> Lost in Conference Finals, 3-4 (Bruins)
1988-89 80 27 41 12 66 281 325 2499 5th, Patrick Did not qualify
1989-90 80 37 34 9 83 295 288 1659 2nd, Patrick Lost in Division Semifinals, 2-4 (Capitals)
1990-91 80 32 33 15 79 272 264 2024 4th, Patrick Lost in Division Semifinals, 3-4 (Penguins)
1991-92 80 38 31 11 87 289 259 1611 4th, Patrick Lost in Division Semifinals, 3-4 (Rangers)
1992-93 84 40 37 7 87 308 299 1815 4th, Patrick Lost in Division Semifinals, 1-4 (Penguins)
1993-94 84 47 25 12 106 306 220 1734 2nd, Atlantic Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-3 (Sabres) </br> Won in Conference Semifinals, 4-2 (Bruins) </br> Lost in Conference Finals, 3-4 (Rangers)
1994-951 48 22 18 8 52 136 121 787 2nd, Atlantic Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1 (Bruins) </br> Won in Conference Semifinals, 4-1 (Penguins) </br> Won in Conference Finals, 4-2 (Flyers) </br> Stanley Cup Champions, 4-0 (Red Wings)
1995-96 82 37 33 12 86 215 202 1486 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify
1996-97 82 45 23 14 104 231 182 1135 1st, Atlantic Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1 (Canadiens) </br> Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1-4 (Rangers)
1997-98 82 48 23 11 107 225 166 1488 1st, Atlantic Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Senators)
1998-99 82 47 24 11 105 248 196 1355 1st, Atlantic Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Penguins)
1999-00 82 45 24 8 5 103 251 203 1313 2nd, Atlantic Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-0 (Panthers) </br> Won in Conference Semifinals, 4-2 (Maple Leafs) </br> Won in Conference Finals, 4-3 (Flyers) </br> Stanley Cup Champions, 4-2 (Stars)
2000-01 82 48 19 12 3 111 295 195 1235 1st, Atlantic Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-2 (Hurricanes) </br> Won in Conference Semifinals, 4-3 (Maple Leafs) </br> Won in Conference Finals, 4-1 (Penguins) </br> Lost in Finals, 3-4 (Avalanche)
2001-02 82 41 28 9 4 95 205 187 1010 3rd, Atlantic Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Hurricanes)
2002-03 82 46 20 10 6 108 216 166 938 1st, Atlantic Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1 (Bruins) </br> Won in Conference Semifinals, 4-1 (Lightning) </br> Won in Conference Finals, 4-3 (Senators) </br> Stanley Cup Champions, 4-3 (Mighty Ducks)
2003-04 82 43 25 12 2 100 213 164 894 2nd, Atlantic Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Flyers)
2004-052
2005-063 82 46 27 9 101 242 229 938 1st, Atlantic Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-0 (Rangers) </br> Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1-4 (Hurricanes)
2006-07 In progress
Totals 1836 840 748 219 29 1928 5841 5738 33299
1 Season was shortened due to the 1994-95 NHL lockout.
2 Season was cancelled due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout.
3 As of the 2005-06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).

[edit] Individual records

Regular season
Playoffs

[edit] Current roster

As of November 29, 2006. [1]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
30 Image:Flag of Canada.svg Martin Brodeur L 1990 Montreal, Quebec
40 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Scott Clemmensen L 1997 Des Moines, Iowa
<center>Defensemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Image:Flag of the United States.svg David Hale L 2000 Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Image:Flag of Canada.svg Colin White - A L 1996 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
7 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Paul Martin L 2000 Minneapolis, Minnesota
21 Image:Flag of Canada.svg Brad Lukowich L 2006 Cranbrook, British Columbia
24 Image:Flag of Canada.svg Richard Matvichuk (IR) L 2005 Edmonton, Alberta
28 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Brian Rafalski R 1999 Dearborn, Michigan
29 Image:Flag of Sweden.svg Johnny Oduya L 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
<center>Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
9 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Zach Parise C L 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
10 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Erik Rasmussen C L 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
11 Image:Flag of Canada.svg John Madden - A C L 1997 Barrie, Ontario
12 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Jim Dowd C R 2006 Brick, New Jersey
14 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Brian Gionta RW R 1998 Rochester, New York
15 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Jamie Langenbrunner - A RW R 2002 Cloquet, Minnesota
16 Image:Flag of Canada.svg Jason Wiemer (IR) C L 2006 Kimberley, British Columbia
17 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Michael Rupp RW L 2006 Cleveland, Ohio
18 Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg Sergei Brylin LW L 1992 Moscow, U.S.S.R.
19 Image:Flag of Canada.svg Travis Zajac C R 2004 Winnipeg, Manitoba
20 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Jay Pandolfo - A LW L 1993 Winchester, Massachusetts
23 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Scott Gomez C L 1998 Anchorage, Alaska
25 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Cam Janssen RW R 2002 St. Louis, Missouri
26 Image:Flag of the Czech Republic (bordered).svg Patrik Elias - C LW L 1994 Trebic, Czechoslovakia
89 Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg Alexander Mogilny (IR) RW L 2005 Khabarovsk, Russia

[edit] Famous players

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Stevens' number is raised to the rafters.
See also: List of New Jersey Devils players and New Jersey Devils notable players and award winners

The Devils have retired two numbers, both in 2006.<ref name="retired">Template:Cite web</ref> On February 3 they retired the number 4 of longtime defenseman and captain Scott Stevens, who spent 13 seasons with the Devils. Career Devil Ken Daneyko's number 3 was retired on March 24. Daneyko, a defenseman, was drafted in 1982 and spent 22 seasons in a Devils uniform.

Two Devils players have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov, one of the first two Soviet players in the NHL, played for the Devils from 1989 to 1995 and was inducted in 2001.<ref name="FetisovHall">Template:Cite web</ref> Peter Stastny, a former center and one of the top goal scorers in the 1980s, played for the Devils from 1990 to 1993 and was inducted in 2006.<ref name="StastnyHall">Template:Cite web</ref> Former Devils head coaches Jacques Lemaire (1993–1998) and Larry Robinson (2000–2002, 2005) had been elected as players prior to joining the Devils organization. Herb Brooks (1992–1993), who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic team to victory in the "Miracle on Ice", was inducted in 2006.<ref name="CoachesInHall">Template:Cite web</ref>

[edit] Leaders

[edit] Team captains

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

[edit] Head coaches


This list does not include the former coaches of the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies.

[edit] References

[edit] General

[edit] Footnotes

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[edit] External links

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Historical Team Links


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