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Tag Archives: New Jersey Devils

Don Lever

Don Lever (Hockey. Born, South Porcupine, Ont., Nov. 14, 1952.) After an 11-year career with Vancouver and Atlanta-Calgary, Donald Richard Lever was named the first team captain of the New Jersey Devils Aug. 20, 1982. On opening night (Oct. 5, 1982), Lever scored the first Devils goal ever in a 3-3 tie with Pittsburgh at […]

John McMullen

John McMullen (Hockey. Born, Jersey City, NJ, May 10, 1918; died, Montclair, NJ, Sept. 16, 2005.) During his long career, John Joseph McMullen was many things, including a U.S. Navy officer, a maritime engineer, a multi-millionaire, and a sports team owner. McMullen bought the N.H.L. Colorado franchise (with Brendan Byrne and John C. Whitehead) on […]

Jacques Lemaire

Jacques Lemaire (Hockey. Born, LaSalle, P.Q., Sept. 7, 1945.) Considered by many the coach who turned the talented Devils into a serious playoff threat, Jacques Lemaire was hired by general manager Lou Lamoriello June 28, 1993. While the Devils had been a frequent playoff team (advancing to the semifinals in 1988), Lemaire, who imposed a […]

Lou Lamoriello

Lou Lamoriello (Hockey. Born, Providence, RI, Oct. 21, 1942.) By building a team that in 2003 won the Stanley Cup for the third time in nine seasons, Lou Lamoriello solidified his place as one of hockey’s outstanding executives. After a career at Providence College in which he was an athlete, coach, and athletic director, Lamoriello became […]

Larry Brooks

Larry Brooks (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 26, 1950.)  Distinguished as one of the few hockey writers in New York who was a team executive as well, Lawrence Mel Brooks was a vice president of the New Jersey Devils in between stints as a hockey writer for the New York Post.  Brooks started at […]

Herb Brooks

Herb Brooks (Hockey.  Born, St. Paul, MN, Aug. 5, 1937; died, Columbus Township, MN, Aug. 11, 2003.)  Celebrated as head coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, Herbert Brooks also coached in the N.H.L. as head man for the Rangers, the old Minnesota North Stars, Devils, and Pittsburgh Penguins.  Brooks was hired by the […]

Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur (Hockey.  Born, Montreal, P.Q., May 6, 1972.)  The winningest goalie in N.H.L. history, Martin Brodeur was the backbone of three New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup champions.  He started his first N.H.L. game Mar. 26, 1992, in a 4-2 defeat of Boston at New Jersey, making 24 saves.  Brodeur got his first shutout Oct. 20, 1993, […]

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