Today in New Jersey Devils History

Events in Sport

  • 1982-08-20 Don Lever becomes 1st captain of NJ Devils
  • 1982-09-17 NJ Devils 1st exhibition game, beating Caps 3-1 in Hershey Pa
  • 1982-10-05 1st NJ Devils game, tie the Pitts Penguins 3-3 at the Meadowlands
  • 1982-10-08 NJ Devils 1st victory, beating NY Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • 1982-10-13 NJ Devils 1st short handed goal-Don Lever
  • 1982-12-03 1st NJ Devil hat-trick (Steve Tambellini) defeat Hartford 5-4
  • 1982-12-03 NJ Devils 1st hat trick (Steve Tambellini)
  • 1983-07-05 NJ Devils purchase AHL Maine Mariners as their farm team
  • 1983-11-12 NJ Devils 1st overtime game, lose to Calgary Flames 4-3

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1983-11-19 Edmonton Oilers beat NJ Devils, 13-4, Wayne Gretzky calls the Devils "a Mickey Mouse organization"

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1983-12-04 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0
  • 1984-02-16 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • 1984-11-18 NJ Devils shutout NY Rangers 6-0
  • 1984-12-17 NJ Devils 1st penalty shot-Rocky Trottier scores against Edmonton
  • 1984-12-17 NJ Devils 1st shutout, Glenn Resch makes 42 saves beat Minn, 2-0
  • 1985-02-16 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • 1986-02-06 NJ Devil Peter McNab becomes 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals
  • 1986-10-29 Kirk Muller scores NJ Devil record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
  • 1987-04-23 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY
  • 1987-04-30 Lou Lamoriello is named NJ Devils President
  • 1987-12-02 "334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend NJ Devils 7-5 victory over Calgary at Meadowlands
  • 1988-02-28 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • 1988-04-03 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • 1988-04-06 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round
  • 1988-04-20 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
  • 1988-04-22 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • 1988-04-28 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • 1988-04-30 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • 1988-05-06 Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
  • 1988-05-08 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils
  • 1988-05-14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • 1988-06-20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • 1988-06-20 WABC officially becomes the NJ Devils new home radio
  • 1988-10-14 NJ Devils raise their 1st pennant by winning the Patrick Division Playoff Championship
  • 1990-07-07 NJ Devils sign Russians Viacheslav Fetisov & Sergei Starikov

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1991-02-18 Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out NJ Devils 4-0

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 1991-10-05 NJ Devils begin their 10th Anniversary with a 7-2 win over the Blues
  • 1991-12-26 NY Islander Derek King ties NJ Devils 5-5 with ½ second left
  • 1992-05-01 NY Rangers wins their 1st ever 7th game of a playoff (vs NJ Devils)
  • 1992-09-24 Scott Stevens is named 5th Captain in NJ Devils history
  • 1992-12-09 NJ Devils organization announces that it will change its colors to black, red, & white for the 1992-93 season
  • 1993-06-28 Jacques Lemaire is named NJ Devils 8th Head Coach
  • 1993-10-26 NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993
  • 1993-11-03 Ken Daneyko sets NJ Devil 'Ironman' record by playing 322nd cons game
  • 1993-12-28 John Maclean passes Kirk Muller as all-time NJ Devils scorer (521 pts)
  • 1994-03-19 NJ Devils club record 41st win of the season
  • 1994-04-14 NJ Devils end best regular season, 47-25-12 record for 106 points
  • 1994-04-27 7th longest NHL game: NJ Devils beat Buffalo Sabres (125 min 43 sec)

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1994-05-25 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1994-05-27 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • 1995-06-13 NJ Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, to go to their 1st Stanley Cup finals
  • 1995-06-13 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • 1995-06-24 Stanley Cup: NJ Devils sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • 1995-06-28 NJ Devils Stanley Cup Victory Party, admidst rumours they were moving to Nashville, goalie Chris Terreri holds up "Nashville? NO WAY!" sign
  • 1995-10-31 NHL NJ Devils agree to stay in NJ
  • 1996-04-13 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs NJ Devils from playoff
  • 1997-03-16 NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals

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1997-04-17 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 2000-05-26 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 2000-06-10 Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat Dallas Stars 4-2
  • 2001-05-22 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 1
  • 2001-06-09 Stanley Cup: Colorado Avalanche defeat New Jersey Devils 4-3
  • 2003-05-23 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • 2003-06-09 Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat first time finalists Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4-3
  • 2012-05-25 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • 2012-06-11 Stanley Cup: Los Angeles Kings defeat New Jersey Devils in 6 games

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1959-11-29 Neal Broten, Roseau Canada, NHL center (NJ Devils)
  • 1963-07-13 Bob Carpenter, Beverly, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1963-07-15 Steve Thomas, Stockport England, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1964-03-09 Phil Housley, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team USA Oly-98), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1964-04-01 Scott Stevens, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1964-04-17 Ken Daneyko, Windsor, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1964-11-20 John Maclean, Oshawa, NHL right wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1965-11-08 Mike Peluso, Pengilly Canada, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1966-06-07 Stephane Richer, Ripon, NHL right wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1966-10-11 Shawn Chambers, Royal Oaks MI, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NJ Devils)
  • 1967-01-25 Randy Mckay, NHL right wing (NJ Devils), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1968-09-17 Valeri Zelepukin, NHL forward (NJ Devils, Team Russia Oly-Sil-98)
  • 1969-04-01 Kevin Dean, Madison, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1969-05-21 Reid Simpson, Flin Flon, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1970-11-04 Corey Schwab, North Battleford Canada, NHL goalie (NJ Devils)
  • 1970-11-09 Bill Guerin, Wilbraham MA, NHL right wing (NJ Devils, Oilers)
  • 1971-01-01 Bobby Holik, Jihlava Cze, NHL left wing (NJ Devils, Team Czech Rep)

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1972-05-06 Martin Brodeur, NHL goalie (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 1973-02-21 Brian Rolston, NHL left wing (Olympics-1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1973-08-31 Scott Niedermayer, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1973-11-02 Jason Smith, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974-01-13 Sergei Brylin, Moscow Russia, NHL center (NJ Devils)
  • 1974-07-06 Steve Sullivan, Timmins, NHL center (NJ Devils)
  • 1976-11-19 Petr Sykora, Pizen CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, NJ Devils)