Scott Stevens and Adam Oates were named co-head coaches of the Devils on December 27, 2014.
Stevens is in his eighth season as a member of the Devils’ coaching staff, having previously served as assistant coach and special assignment coach. He spent 13 of his NHL seasons with New Jersey and captained the team to three Stanley Cup Championships. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Nov. 12, 2007, Stevens announced his retirement as an active player on Sept. 6, 2005. On Feb. 3, 2006, he became first player in franchise history to have his number (4) retired.
Stevens’ playing career spanned 22 seasons with Washington, St. Louis and New
Jersey. He currently sits second all-time in games played (C. Chelios, 1,651) among
defensemen. Stevens’ 233 career playoff games by a defenseman are third (Chelios, 266 & N.
Lidstrom, 263), while his 20 years in the playoffs are tied for third all-time. He ranks fourth on the Devils’ all-time games-played list, fifth all-time in assists and tied for seventh in points.
Stevens posted a career-high 78 points and league-leading plus-53 mark in 1993-94, becoming
the only defenseman ever to lead New Jersey in scoring. His 18 goals that season are the most
by a defenseman in team history, while his 60 assists still stand as the club’s single-season
record. In 2000, Stevens became just the seventh defenseman in NHL history to receive the
Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
He was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team following the 1987-88 and 1993-94 seasons, the league’s Second All-Star Team three times, while appearing in 13 mid-season All-Star Games, serving as captain in 2003. Stevens was also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1982-83. He was acquired by New Jersey from St. Louis on Sept. 3, 1991 as compensation for the Blues’ signing of free agent forward Brendan Shanahan.
Stevens was Washington’s first choice and fifth overall selection in the 1982 Entry Draft. He
played for the Memorial Cup-winning Kitchener Rangers in 1981-82, and was born Apr. 1, 1964
in Kitchener, Ont. Stevens’ international experience included the 1998 Olympic Winter Games,
1996 World Cup, 1991 Canada Cup and four World Championship tournaments.