June 9, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) watches the puck go wide during the first period of game five of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of In New Jersey


 

My first article in this 30 part series was a focus on the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion… Los Angeles Kings titled, “A Look at the Los Angeles Kings.  Now, we change focus to the New Jersey Devils.

Four days removed from the end of their Stanley Cup run, the New Jersey Devils have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.  The team is one of the most successful teams in the National Hockey League.

The team started out as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974, and played there for only 2 seasons.  1974-1975 and 1975-1976 were the only two years the KC would see an NHL team.  However, Missouri does have the St. Louis Blues.

After two seasons, the hockey club decided to try their luck in another city.  They moved to Denver, CO where they were renamed the Colorado Rockies, and played from 1976-1982 before relocating.

 

The hockey club didn’t find success there, so they moved for the third, and what most presume is the final time.  In 1982, the move to Newark, NJ proved very successful for them… eventhough, it took over 10 years.

Stanley Cup Champions in 1995, 2000, and 2003.  Eastern Conference Champions in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, and most recently this year… 2012.  Division Champions in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010.

The teams owner is Jeffrey Vanderbeek.  Lou Lamoriello is General Manager.  The Devils have had numerous Head Coaches, but their current one has brought stability back to the club… or it so appears.  Peter DeBoer had a very successful 1st year.  Zach Parise is the team captain.

Minor League Affiliates are Albany Devils of the American Hockey League, and the Kalamazoo Wings of the East Coast Hockey League.

There is absolutely NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF IN NEW JERSEY.