The New Jersey Devils compete in the Metropolitan Division of the NHL’s Eastern Conference. The Devils have won Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003. The franchise began in Kansas City in 1974 and moved to Colorado before making their permanent home in the Prudential Center in Newark. The New Jersey Devils would break through to the playoffs in 1987-1988 by going 9-0-1 in their last ten regular season games. They would upset the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals in the postseason on the way to their first-ever Eastern Conference Finals. The 1993-1994 season would be a watershed year for the Devils, as new coach Jacques Lemaire brought in his “Neutral Zone Trap” defense, anchored by rookie goalie Martin Brodeur, who would go on to win the Calder Trophy. The 1994-1995 Devils could not be stopped in the playoffs, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in six games as they reached their first Stanley Cup Finals. The Detroit Red Wings were favored to win the Cup, but the Devils swept them, led by Conn Smythe Trophy-winner Claude Lemieux, who scored 13 goals that postseason. In 1998 and 1999, New Jersey would win two more division titles. After beating the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs, New Jersey found themselves down three games to one to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Devils would win the next three games, becoming the first club in the NHL expansion era to come back from such a deficit to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. They would face the defending champion Dallas Stars in the finals and took a 3-2 series lead into Game 6. In double overtime, Jason Arnott scored to win the game and the series for the Devils while the Conn Smythe Trophy went to Scott Stevens for his stellar defense.
New Jersey would win their fourth division title in five years in 2000-2001. They would again reach the Stanley Cup Finals that year but lost in seven games to the Colorado Avalanche. 2002-2003 brought another Metropolitan Division crown, as well as a first Vezina Trophy for Martin Brodeur. In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Ottawa Senators, Jeff Friesen would score the game-winner with roughly two minutes left in regulation to help New Jersey advance to the finals. The Devils would face the Anaheim Ducks with the Stanley Cup on the line. Martin Brodeur would have his third shutout of the series, setting an NHL record with seven during the playoffs. Former Duck Jeff Friesen scored twice in Game 7 and New Jersey took home the Cup again. In 2003-2004, Brodeur would win his second straight Vezina Trophy while becoming the youngest goalie to reach 400 wins. Scott Stevens set the NHL record for games played by a defenseman before being hurt, while his replacement, Scott Niedermayer, would go on to win the Norris Trophy. In 2007-2008, Brodeur would win his 500th game as well as his fourth Vezina Trophy in five years. The next season saw the emergence of Zach Parise and the return of Brendan Shanahan. Martin Brodeur would notch his 100th shutout and became the all-time winningest goalie in NHL history with 552 wins in the same game where Patrik Elias would become the Devils all-time leading scorer. In 2011-2012, New Jersey beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals to again reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
The New Jersey Devils have won three Stanley Cups and have given their fans lifetime of memories. The best way to capture the excitement the Devils have brought to the ice is with one of their signed jerseys, pucks, sticks or photos hanging on your wall. As the only major professional sports team with “New Jersey” in the name, the Devils have dedicated fans from the Garden State and beyond. Celebrate your fandom, or pick up the perfect gift, with any piece of signed memorabilia from legendary Devils like Scott Stevens and Martin Brodeur.
Collecting The New Jersey Devils Memorabilia