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Devils to induct late owner into Ring of Honor

Dr. John McMullen, who brought NHL to New Jersey in 1982, first to be honored by team

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The New Jersey Devils will honor former owner Dr. John McMullen by making him the first inductee into their Ring of Honor on Friday.

The ceremony will take place prior to puck drop when the Devils host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET: MSG+, SNO, NHL.TV).

McMullen, who brought hockey to New Jersey after purchasing the Colorado Rockies in 1982 and used the name Devils after a fan vote, was part of the success in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, when they won the Stanley Cup three times (1995, 2000, 2003).

"As we approach the 35th anniversary of the New Jersey Devils, it is fitting to celebrate Dr. McMullen's vision, leadership and compassion, which set the foundation for three Stanley Cup championships," Hugh Weber, president of the Devils and Prudential Center said. "The Devils' tradition of excellence on the ice, including an iconic style of play and Hall of Fame caliber players, and ongoing impact on youth hockey, would not have been possible without Dr. McMullen and his passion for the sport."

McMullen, who died in 2005 at the age of 87, will be represented by his wife, son and other family members. There will be a video tribute featuring former Devils broadcasters Mike Emrick and Chico Resch and Devils alumni.

During the ceremony, the city of Newark will announce the dedication of Lafayette Street adjacent to Prudential Center in his honor, calling it John McMullen Way.

The Devils will wear their white jerseys (their home jerseys during the 1995 Stanley-Cup winning season) and a patch in McMullen's honor.

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