The New Jersey Devils were first established in 1974 as the Kansas City Scouts, and after 2 unsuccessful seasons the team relocated to Denver and became the Colorado Rockies. In 1982, the still-struggling franchise was relocated to New Jersey and renamed the Devils, a nod to a mythical creature that is said to haunt the forests of New Jersey. The team originally played their home games at the Meadowlands Arena, but since 2007, New Jersey Devils Ticket Holders have been watching the team at the Prudential Center.
When the Devils first moved to New Jersey they continued to lose but they eventually hired president Lou Lamoriello who helped the team post its first winning record in the 1987–1988 season. The Devils advanced to the conference finals before losing to the Boston Bruins in 7 games.
In 1993, the Devils hired coach Jacques Lemaire. He established a defense-oriented strategy with players such as Stephane Richer, captain Scott Stevens, and Ken Daneyko. Contributing to the Devils’ dominance was goaltender Martin Brodeur, who won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie in 1994. The New Jersey Devils finally won their first Stanley Cup in 1995. Although New Jersey Devils Ticket Holders enjoyed watching the team win successive division championships in 1997, 1998, and 1999, the team would not win another Stanley Cup until 2000, followed by a third in 2003.
The Devils continued to play extremely well throughout the 2000s, but they wouldn’t reach the Stanley Cup Finals again until 2012, where they were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in 6 games.
The New Jersey Devils had a rough start, but have become one of the most popular franchises in the NHL. Fans can get tickets to watch the Devils at the Prudential Center from Golden Tickets.