Move to New JerseyPrior 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, ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1995The 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 ...
Stanley Cup Winner 2000The 2000 Stanley Cup Finals were 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 Winner 2003The 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 ...
Prudential Center OpensThe 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 ...
History of the Devils
The New Jersey Devils are among the most successful teams in NHL history. Founded in 1974, they have won three Stanley Cup championships and reached the playoffs 28 times. They have also made numerous appearances in the conference finals and produced some of hockey’s greatest players, including Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, and Patrik Elias.
The team was initially known as the Kansas City Scouts when it joined the NHL for its inaugural season in 1974-75 but moved to Denver after only two seasons due to poor attendance numbers. The franchise then relocated a second time to New Jersey, where it adopted its current name—the “Devils”—in 1982-83 following a fan vote that included suggestions such as Americans or Aces (which eventually became another local team's name).
Since moving eastward from Colorado, New Jersey has been consistently competitive throughout its tenure with several deep playoff runs under head coach Jacques Lemaire during the 1995–2003 era, which resulted in back-to-back Stanley Cups victories (1995 & 2000) while adding another championship title during 2003 season led by former captain Scott Stevens who later on got inducted into Hockey Hall Of Fame alongside his long time teammate Martin Brodeur whose 953 wins still stands atop all goaltenders across entire league history making him an ultimate symbol of success within the organization itself along with many other legendary names such Patrik Elias or Ken Daneyko who both spent over 15 years wearing Devils' red & black jerseys becoming key figures behind franchise's achievements at all levels since the late 90s until the present day.
Kansas City – Denver – New Jersey
1974 – Present / National Hockey League
1982 – Present / New Jersey Devils
1976 – 1982 / Colorado Rockies
1974 – 1976 / Kansas City Scouts
Devils – The New Jersey Devils are among the most iconic National Hockey League (NHL) teams. With a long and storied history, they have become an integral part of hockey culture. But what is often overlooked is their unique nickname—the Devils. Where did this name come from?
It all began with then-owner Dr. John McMullen’s decision to move his team from Colorado to New Jersey in 1982. He wanted something that was both catchy and represented the state’s heritage, so he commissioned a contest for fans to submit ideas for possible nicknames for his new team. The winning entry came from Jim Dowd Sr., who suggested “Devils” as an homage to folklore about Dutch settlers who had referred to Native Americans living near present-day Newark as “devils."
This suggestion resonated with McMullen because it also tied into local legend surrounding Elizabethtown's infamous witch trials during colonial times in nearby Salem County, NJ; thus making it even more fitting given its proximity within state lines! In addition, many thought that "Devils" would be easier than other potential names like "Meadowlands" or "Skylanders," which were also considered at the time but ultimately rejected due to their lack of appeal among fans across America - especially since NHL franchises were still relatively new outside Canada back then!
To this day, no matter where you go around North America or beyond - people recognize and associate The New Jersey Devils instantly with their unique nickname: 'The Devls'. It has become synonymous with hockey fandom and prideful representation on behalf of those residing within Garden State borders - thanks mainly due Dr. Mcmullem's brilliant foresight when selecting such an appropriate moniker all those years ago!
Stanley Cups 3
2003, 2000, 1995
2007 – Present / Prudential Center
1982 – 2007 / Continental Airlines Arena
1976 – 1982 / McNichols Sports Arena
1974 – 1976 / Kemper Arena
2013 – Present / New Jersey Devils, LLC
2004 – 2013 / Jeffrey Vanderbeek
2000 – 2004 / YankeeNets
1982 – 2000 / John McMullen
1976 – 1982 / Jack Vickers
1974 – 1976 / Edwin G. Thompson
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
3 / Ken Daneyko
4 / Scott Stevens
26 / Patrik Elias
27 / Scott Niedermayer
30 / Martin Brodeur
99 / Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history