The New Jersey Devils will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1995 Stanley Cup title the weekend of March 7-8, when, according to the club, “more than 20 players and coaches” will reunite.
The Saturday will feature an alumni game at AmeriHealth Pavilion; Sunday, there will be a ceremony prior to the Devils taking on the Flyers at Prudential Center.
“We are all looking forward to welcoming the coaches, players and staff, as well as their families, from our first championship team back here to New Jersey,” said Devils GM Lou Lamoriello in a release. “That was a team with tremendous character, with great coaches, great players and quality individuals. They set the standard to which all of our other teams have been compared to.”
It wasn’t announced who, exactly, would be in attendance for the reunion. The ’95 team, coached by Jacques Lemaire, featured Martin Brodeur in goal, with Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens, and Ken Daneyko on defense, and Claude Lemieux, Stephane Richer, Neal Broten, and John MacLean leading the forwards.
The Devils, making their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance, swept the favored Red Wings in four games.
PHT Morning Skate: Saying goodbye to Martin Brodeur (plus a brutal Sidney Crosby typo)
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
After a brief jaunt with the St. Louis Blues, Martin Brodeur is hanging up his leg pads and taking a front office job. Let’s take a look at some of what’s been said and written about the departing legend in a special Marty-heavy edition of the PHT Morning Skate.
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NBCSN shared two videos on Brodeur last night.
First, here’s a collection of reactions from players and coaches:
Finally, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones share some memories:
After 18 seasons and 1,260 NHL games Radek Dvorak announced his retirement Tuesday.
Originally the Florida Panthers’ first-round selection (10th overall) in 1995, Dvorak scored 227 goals and 590 points during his career.
The 37-year-old also spent time with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes.
“It was an honor for me to play in the best league in the world for 18 seasons,” said Dvorak in a statement. “I would like to thank to all the organizations, coaches and teammates I played for or with.
“Also, thank you to my parents, wife and kids who have always supported me and helped me throughout my whole career. At last I would like to thank to my fans who believed in and followed me all these years.”
A native of Tabor, Czech Republic, Dvorak last played in the NHL during the 2013-14 season appearing in 60 games with the Carolina Hurricanes scoring four goals and nine points.