New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils

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Kansas City Scouts Team Formation

In 1974, the NHL ended its first expansion period by adding teams in Kansas City, Missouri and Washington, D.C. Kansas City was awarded a franchise on June 8, 1972, and Kemper Arena was constructed to host the team's games. Kansas City had been the home of several minor league ice hockey teams through the years. The Scouts shared Kemper Arena with the Kansas City Kings basketball franchise from the National Basketball Association. The arrival of the Scouts and Washington Capitals resulted in the NHL creating four divisions, and the Scouts were placed in the Smythe Division.

Move to Colorado

The Scouts suffered from inflated player costs, undercapitalized ownership, an economic downturn in the Midwest, poor performance on the ice and poor attendance. The Scouts drew an average of just 8,218 fans during their two years in 17,000-seat Kemper Arena (at a time when the league average was approximately 13,000). The team's 37 owners, buried in debt, mounted a season-ticket drive to raise more revenue. However, when only 2,000 people bought tickets, they concluded that the Scouts were not a viable venture and opted to sell. While the Capitals were far worse on the ice, their owner, Abe Pollin, was far better capitalized and had the patience to absorb the massive losses.

After just two seasons, the Scouts franchise was sold to a group headed by Jack Vickers, who moved the team to Denver and renamed it the Colorado Rockies.

Move to New Jersey

Prior to the 1978 - 1979 season, owner Jack Vickers sold the team to New Jersey trucking tycoon Arthur Imperatore, who announced that he wished to move the team to the New Jersey Meadowlands. The NHL vetoed the move since the Brendan Byrne Arena was still being built, and there was no suitable temporary facility in the area. In 1979, the team hired Don Cherry as head coach and traded for Maple Leafs star Lanny McDonald. Despite these moves, the Rockies still posted the worst record in the NHL. They played the next two seasons with the possibility of moving until May 27, 1982, when Imperatore sold the Rockies to another New Jersey millionaire, shipping magnate John McMullen (who also owned Major League Baseball's Houston Astros). McMullen's first act was to announce that the long-expected move to New Jersey would finally come to pass.

Stanley Cup Winners - 3 Stanley Cup Wins

Stanley Cup - 2003
The 2003 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven playoff series that determined the champion of the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 2002 - 2003 season. As a culmination of the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs, the second-seeded Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils defeated the seventh seeded Western Conference champion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in seven games and were awarded the Stanley Cup. It was New Jersey's first appearance since 2001 and third in four years. It was Anaheim's first-ever appearance. The Devils defeated the Mighty Ducks in seven games to win their third Stanley Cup in less than a decade.

Stanley Cup - 2000
The 2000 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars who were the defending Stanley Cup champion. The Devils were led by captain Scott Stevens, coach Larry Robinson and goalie Martin Brodeur. The Stars were led by captain Derian Hatcher, coach Ken Hitchcock and goalie Ed Belfour.

Stanley Cup - 1995
The 1995 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings. This was the first of nine consecutive finals with American-based franchises exclusively. New Jersey was making the franchise's first-ever appearance in the Final, while Detroit returned to the Final for the first time since 1966. The Devils swept the series four games to none to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the sixth post-1967 expansion team to earn a championship.

Prudential Center Opens

The Devils opened their new arena, the Prudential Center, on October 27, 2007, against the Ottawa Senators, after opening the season with a nine-game road trip. The game ended with a 4–1 win for Ottawa. Prudential Center (nicknamed The Rock) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the central business district of Newark, New Jersey, United States. The arena was designed by HOK Sport (now Populous), with the exterior designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Opened in 2007, it is the home of the National Hockey League's (NHL) New Jersey Devils and the NCAA's Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team. The arena seats 17,625 patrons for hockey and 18,711 for basketball.

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Team Information Team History

Kansas City - Denver - New Jersey

Devils - Given that New Jersey has never been known for its mountains, the team needed a new nickname after the Colorado Rockies relocated to the Garden State in 1982. The New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority sponsored a statewide newspaper contest to determine the new nickname and some of the other finalists included Americans, Blades, Coastals, Colonials, Gulls, Jaguars, Meadowlanders, and Meadowlarks. The Devil has an entirely non-religious folk history in New Jersey. According to legend, a harmless creature known as the Leeds Devil, or the Jersey Devil, roamed the Pine Barrens in the southern part of the state from 1887 until 1938.

Prudential Center
2007 - present
Continental Airlines Arena
1982 - 2007

McNichols Sports Arena
1976 - 1982

*Kansas City*
Kemper Arena
1974 - 1976

New Jersey Devils, LLC
2013 - present
Jeffrey Vanderbeek
2004 - 2013
2000 - 2004
John McMullen
1982 - 2000

Jack Vickers
1976 - 1982
1974 - 1976

Established: 1974

League History:
National Hockey League
1974 - present

Team History:
New Jersey Devils
1982 - present

Colorado Rockies
1976 - 1982
Kansas City Scouts
1974 - 1976

Stanley Cups: 3
2002 - 2003, 1999 - 2000, 1994 - 1995

Retired Numbers:
3 Ken Daneyko
4 Scott Stevens
27 Scott Niedermayer
30 Martin Brodeur
99 Wayne Gretzky

Mascots: 1993 - present

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