New Jersey Devils in History

Events in Sport

  • 1982-05-27 New owners headed by John McMullen buy NHL's Colorado Rockies and move the team to the New Jersey Meadowlands under the new name NJ Devils
  • 1982-08-20 Don Lever becomes first captain of NHL New Jersey Devils
  • 1982-10-05 First regular season NHL game is played in New Jersey (Newark; NJ Devils play a 3-3 tie against Pittsburgh Penguins at Brendan Byrne Arena; Don Lever scores first Devils' goal
  • 1982-10-08 New Jersey Devils 1st NHL victory; beat New York Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • 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 North Stars 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
  • 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 New Jersey Devils 7-5 NHL 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
  • 1988-10-14 NJ Devils raise their 1st pennant by winning the Patrick Division Playoff Championship

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1988-12-31 Pittsburgh NHL center Mario Lemieux accounts for all his team's goals in Penguins 8-6 win over the NJ Devils; famously scores 5 goals, each in a different way: even strength, power play, shorthanded, penalty shot and empty net; also 3 assists

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 1990-01-30 LA center Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record by scoring his 100th point of the season for the 11th straight season; milestone comes with an assist in a 5-2 Kings' win over visiting New Jersey Devils
  • 1990-07-07 New Jersey Devils sign star Russian defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov & Sergei Starikov to NHL contracts despite criticism they are taking North American jobs

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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
  • 1991-12-26 NY Islander Derek King ties NJ Devils 5-5 with ½ second left
  • 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 Defenseman Ken Daneyko sets New Jersey Devils 'Ironman' record by playing 322nd consecutive NHL game in 2-3 loss at LA Kings
  • 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 at 125 min 43 sec: Buffalo Sabres beat New Jersey Devils 1-0 on a goal by Dave Hannan

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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 New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2 for a 4-2 series win; qualify for their first Stanley Cup Finals Series (beat Detroit Red Wings, 4-0)
  • 1995-06-13 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • 1995-06-24 Stanley Cup Final, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: New Jersey Devils beat Detroit Red Wings, 5-2 for a 4-0 series sweep; Devils' first Stanley Cup finals appearance
  • 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
  • 1995-10-03 In a huge 3-way hockey trade, Claude Lemieux went to Colorado Avalanche, Steve Thomas to New Jersey Devils and Wendell Clark to the New York Islanders in a swap of high profile NHL forwards
  • 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
  • 1999-10-02 Atlanta Thrashers play first regular-season game in franchise history, a 4-1 loss to the visiting NJ Devils, before a crowd of 18,545 at Philips Arena; Kelly Buchberger scores first goal in Thrashers history
  • 1999-12-03 Ottawa Senators' right wing Kevin Dineen becomes 5th player in NHL history to score 300 career goals and record 2,000 penalty minutes; picks up a misconduct penalty in 7-4 loss to NJ Devils
  • 2000-05-26 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 2000-06-10 Stanley Cup Final, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX: New Jersey Devils defeat Dallas Stars, 2-1 in double OT for a 4-2 series victory
  • 2001-05-22 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 1
  • 2001-06-09 Stanley Cup Final, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO: Colorado Avalanche beat defending champion New Jersey Devils, 3-1 for 4-3 series win; Avalanche 2nd title
  • 2003-05-23 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • 2003-06-09 Stanley Cup Final, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: New Jersey Devils beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-0 for 4-3 series win
  • 2012-05-25 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • 2012-06-11 Stanley Cup Final, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA : LA Kings defeat New Jersey Devils, 6-1 for 4-2 series win; first SC title in Kings' 45-year history
  • 2017-06-23 NHL Draft: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) center Nico Hischier first pick by New Jersey Devils
  • 2019-06-21 NHL Draft: US NTDP center Jack Hughes first pick by New Jersey Devils

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1942-07-01 Doug Carpenter, Canadian NHL coach (NJ Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cornwall, Canada
  • 1956-02-01 Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NJ Devils) and coach (St. Louis Blues 2003-07), born in Newmarket, Canada
  • 1957-07-01 Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (NHL NJ Devils), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1958-12-04 Sergei Starikov, Russian ice hockey defenceman and coach (Olympics gold 1984, 88; silver 1980; New Jersey Devils), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 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 Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1964-04-01 Scott Stevens, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman (13 x NHL All Star; Stanley Cup 1995, 2000, 03; Con Smythe Trophy 2000; NJ Devils), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1964-04-17 Ken Daneyko, Canadian-American NHL defenseman (NJ Devils), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1964-11-20 John Maclean, Oshawa, NHL right wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1965-11-08 Mike Peluso, American NHL left wing (NJ Devils), born in Pengilly, Minnesota
  • 1966-10-11 Shawn Chambers, American NHL defenseman (Team USA, NJ Devils), born in Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • 1967-01-25 Randy McKay, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1998, 2000; NJ Devils; 932 NHL games), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1968-09-17 Valeri Zelepukin, NHL forward (NJ Devils, Team Russia Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1969-04-01 Kevin Dean, American ice hockey defenseman (Stanley Cup, NJ Devils; NHL All Star 1995) and coach (Boston Bruins), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1969-05-21 Reid Simpson, Canadian NHL left wing (NJ Devils), born in Flin Flon, Canada
  • 1970-11-04 Corey Schwab, Canadian NHL goalie (NJ Devils), born in North Battleford, Canada
  • 1970-11-09 Bill Guerin, American NHL right wing (NJ Devils, Oilers), born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts
  • 1971-01-01 Bobby Holik, Czech ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1995, 2000; New Jersey Devils; NHL All-Star 1998-99), born in Jihlava, Czech Republic

Person of interestMartin Brodeur

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, American 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, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (1,008 NHL games; NJ Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974-01-13 Sergei Brylin, NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1974-07-06 Steve Sullivan, Canadian NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
  • 1976-11-19 Petr Sykora, Pizen CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, NJ Devils)
  • 1982-10-30 Andy Greene, American ice hockey player (New Jersey Devils), born in Trenton, Michigan