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For the 17th episode of the Devils Official Podcast this season, our special guests are Petr Sykora and Scott Stevens.
Stevens and Sykora spoke at length about the team's run to and eventual victory in the 2000 Stanley Cup Final. On February 1, the team will hold a reunion during the team's game against the Dallas Stars. Purchase tickets to the game here or the 2000 Celebration Pack.
Sykora had played on a number of storied teams in his 15-year NHL career that spanned 1017 career games, including six Stanley Cup finalists and two championships (2000 Devils, 2009 Penguins). He proclaimed that 2000 Devils squad to be the best he'd ever played for, however.
"It was the first Stanley Cup that I won. I was lucky enough to make it to six Cup finals and lucky enough to win one more with the Penguins," he began. "But when I look back, that was the best team I'd ever been on.
Sykora was one third of the famed "A Line" which included himself, Jason Arnott and Patrik Elias.
"For me personally, being on a line with Patty and Arnie and having so much fun and having all of the guys, Marty in goal, Scotty's on the blue line. For me, that was definitely the best time and the most fun I had playing hockey."
Sykora and Stevens also shared some banter and reflected on their memories of that team.
"For me personally, I have so much respect for you that I remember it was that year in particular," Sykora began. "You're going so peacefully on the turnpike to practice. You always drove nice and slow around 60 (miles per hour) and I had so much respect for you, I wouldn't pass you."
Stevens chuckled and responded.
"That had to be painful because I am a slow driver."
"I swear to you I got stuck behind you saying, 'Scotty please pick it up,'" Sykora laughed.
Another item which came up was Sykora's injury in Game 6 in Dallas resulted in him not being in the building when Arnott's famous goal went in as well as coach Larry Robinson's famous speech before Game 5 against the Flyers.