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Prospect Profile: Michael McLeod

Devils former first round pick making massive impact in OHL Playoffs

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Michael McLeod is a point machine. The Devils' 2016 first round draft pick has been on a scoring frenzy for the Mississauga Steelheads and has carried his strong play into the OHL Playoffs. In 14 games played this post-season, McLeod leads the Steelheads with 23 points (8g-15a) including last night's GWG in double-overtime, lifting Mississauga over the Peterborough Petes. The Steelheads currently hold a 3-0 series lead over the Petes, due largely in part to the play of McLeod and "Super Buddy" teammate (and fellow Devils prospect) Nathan Bastian.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Check out @MikeyMcLeod9's Game 3 GWG in double-OT, giving the @OHLSteelheads a 3-0 series lead in the @OHLHockey Eastern Conference Final. pic.twitter.com/s8pZY3fsKb

During the regular season, Michael McLeod averaged 1.28 points per game, racking up 73 points (27g-46a) in 57 games played. Keep an eye on McLeod's progression as the promising Devils prospect aims to finish off the OHL Eastern Conference Finals and hoist the Bobby Orr Trophy on Wednesday night.

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PHOTOS: The Road to #PattysLastLap

Check out this photo journal of Patrik Elias' day leading up to #PattysLastLap.

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

It's been an emotional Saturday for members of the Devils Family. Tonight, the club said goodbye to one of their greats, Patrik Elias. Elias skated #PattysLastLap, a final farewell to the fans during tonight's warmups. There wasn't a dry-eye in Prudential Center when Patrik was surprised by his wife, Petra, and two daughters, Sophia and Kaila, for tonight's puck drop. Former teammate and current Islander Stephen Gionta represented the Islanders for the ceremony. It was a fitting tribute to an outstanding career for the Devils' all-time leader in goals, points and assists. Check out all the behind-the-scenes action, starting from the Elias household up to his final moments on the ice. 

 

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An Emotional Night Looms for Patrik Elias' Farewell

Elias will skate #PattysLastLap prior to Devils vs. Isles

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

When nineteen-year-old Patrik Elias came to New Jersey from his native Czech Republic in the summer of 1995 he had one goal - to make the Albany Devils. 
 
"I just wanted to make the farm team. That was it. I had no big ideas about a long NHL career. I just wanted to make the farm team," said Elias, who was selected by the Devils in the second round of the 1994 NHL Draft. "I remember that my agent called me and said that Lou wanted to send me to juniors and I said 'Nope, I'm not going there.' I told my agent that if he wants to send me to juniors, I'm going back to Europe because I don't feel like that's going to help me develop."
 
Having spent the previous two seasons playing for HC Kladno of the Czech Elite League, he wanted to continue to play against men and challenge himself to grow as a hockey player. However, the management wasn't sure he was quite ready for that challenge and there were moments when Elias wasn't sure either.

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Brodeur, Stevens & Niedermayer named to NHL100 list

NHL100: New Jersey Devils legends represent club on iconic list

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Tonight, the NHL and hockey community celebrated a century of great players, unforgettable plays & magic moments. The 100 greatest players in NHL history were revealed on Friday in Los Angeles to kick-off NHL All Star Weekend. The Devils are happy to announce that three of our legends, Martin Brodeur, Scott Neidermayer and Scott Stevens are among the greatest hockey players of all-time. 

Martin Brodeur

Video: Martin Brodeur owns many key career goalie records

 

Scott Niedermayer

Video: Scott Niedermayer was known for his smooth skating

 

Scott Stevens

Video: Scott Stevens was a feared, big-hitting defenseman 

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One TV Guy's Memory of The 334 Club

MSG Network's Stan Fischler Remembers Jan. 22, 1987 and The 334 Club

by Stan Fischler @StanFischler / MSG Networks

The 334 Club

The New Jersey Devils 334 Club

On Jan. 22, 1987, the Devils and Flames played a hockey game in front of 334 fans who made the trek to Brendan Byrne Arena during a blizzard.

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I remember it like yesterday. 

Normally for a SportsChannel Devils telecast I'd be picked up by an intern and driven to the Meadowlands. In this case the intern was Dave Katz who, by the way, I still see and we reminisce about the event.

Katz was very dependable so I had no doubt that morning that he'd be coming. That is, until I heard the weather report and saw the blizzard-to-be begin. But since I had not heard from Katz, I presumed that he'd be coming at the usual 3 p.m. departure time from my apartment on 110th St. and Broadway in Manhattan.

Shortly after Noon, I could see that this would not be a temporary snowstorm and I began to wonder whether Dave would make it from his Brooklyn home. I will say this; he sure tried. But at 3 p.m. my phone rang and it was, as I feared, Katz.

"I can't make it," he said. "Roads here are virtually impassable." 

Plan B was the only one left: I told my wife, Shirley, who normally would drive to the game later in the day, that I was going to gamble on driving myself. She wished me luck and I walked down to my trusty little -- and it was little -- Honda Civic Wagon and proceeded to pray and drive. 

Right off the bat I knew there would be problems as I headed north on Broadway to 125th Street. But I made it to 125th, then left and over to the incline to the West Side Drive, heading north to the George Washington Bridge. Getting up the incline to the elevated highway was touch-and-go and traffic on the highway was even worse, but somehow I got to the GWB entrance and wisely took the lower roadway which, of course, was shielded.

Once back in Snowland -- alias New Jersey -- I wondered if the plows had managed to leave any Turnpike lanes clear and, sure enough, there was just enough room to slither in and around the marooned vehicles and continue onward. 

So far, so good with the Honda, but now it was getting darker and the snow was piling higher and the roadway was scarier with snow. The car managed to bob and weave its way until, alas, I actually was able to make it all the way to the service road that led to the arena parking lot and even got as far as a reasonable place to put the Honda near an entrance.

Once I made my way down to the SportsChannel studio, the next question was whether we had enough of a TV crew there and when I saw my director, Joe O'Rourke, I figured we might even get a show going after all. 

Up until about an hour before game time, we really didn't know whether the game would be held because so few fans had shown up. But once the green light was flashed from NHL headquarters, we did our TV thing. 

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NJD, PruCenter and Goya Employees to Help Donate Food

Over 35,000 Pounds of Food to be Donated Following Devils' Annual Food Drive Presented by Goya on Jan. 17.

by New Jersey Devils / newjerseydevils.com

New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center and Goya employees, as well as Devils Alumni members, will volunteer their time to sort and pack food at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey as part of the organizations' combined Day of Service.

The event follows the Devils' Food Drive in November, which collected 15,000 pounds of food from Devils fans. Goya donated an additional 20,000 pounds to raise the total to 35,000 pounds of food that will be donated to Newark families this winter.

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Devils Fathers Trip: 2015 Rewind

Recap the inaugural Devils Fathers Trip that visited Carolina last season

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Devils Fathers Trip: 2015 Rewind

Recap the inaugural Devils Dads Trip from 2015

Take a look back at some of the funniest moments from the 2015 Devils Dads Trip

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The New Jersey Devils embarked on their first-ever Father's Trip last December under General Manager Ray Shero. Take a look back at some of our favorite moments from the club's trip to Carolina last year. 

This season, we'll have 16 returning father/guests, while 17 dads make their debut on the road trip. The Devils Dads will join the team in Washington and stay with the club until Saturday's New Year's Eve tilt at Prudential Center. Will it be Leo Cammalleri, "Big Sevo" or a newcomer stealing the show this season? Follow allong with all the fun as it happens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tweet from @NJDSk8Guy: Today the @NHLDevils will embark on a NHL tradition for the first time ever. Our Fathers will travel with us to CAR. pic.twitter.com/W49deV88n5Tweet from @NJDevils: Fathers get the @NHL treatment for the #NJDadsTrip! pic.twitter.com/tK2zAqb8eCTweet from @NJDevils: The locker room is dressed and ready to go for the road trip. Then it's off to Carolina for the #NJDadsTrip! pic.twitter.com/E7cjm92JTPTweet from @NJDevils: Usually it's The Captain getting the interviews. Today it's his father, David. #NJDadsTrip pic.twitter.com/lsIl2Lhs9gTweet from @NJDevils: Meet the Rico's! #NJDadsTrip pic.twitter.com/JCKx0hFEUV

Tweet from @NJDevils: Jon and his father, Daniel go through the daily routine. Daniel looks like he wants to take the ice! #NJDadsTrip pic.twitter.com/mwbymCw3KJ

Tweet from @NJDevils: All aboard! The #NJDevils (and their fathers) have Carolina on their mind. #NJDadsTrip pic.twitter.com/H6HueFdzZX

Tweet from @NJDevils: Rise and shine! The #NJDadsTrip rolls through Raleigh and continues at morning skate! pic.twitter.com/4A9bUvx3B2

Tweet from @NJDevils: VIDEO: The #NJDevils dads entered the media scrum yesterday prior to taking the road trip to Carolina. https://t.co/0VNG48YjOQ #NJDadsTrip

 

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