As a new millennium dawned, Jamie Langenbrunner had already established himself as a regular player, and one with a Stanley Cup ring, in the NHL. Drafted No. 35 overall by the Dallas Stars in 1993, the former Minnesota High School Player of the Year, who twice represented Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships, had seen more than 200 games at hockey’s highest level.
In the ensuing years, the 6-1, 205-pound wing from Cloquet continued to add to his resume. He scored his 200th point during the 2000-01 season, and, following a trade thenext season to the New Jersey Devils, appeared in his 500th NHL game in 2002-03. It was during that season he would add another Stanley Cup ring during a championship run that included his league-leading 11 goals in 24 games.
Slowed by a knee injury in 2003-04, Langenbrunner suited up again for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey 2004 (he also played at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games) prior to the NHL’s work stoppage.
Since then, Langenbrunner has scored at least 40 points and is on pace to record 60 in 2008-09. In his career to date, he has scored 31 playoff goals in 128 games and ranks as the Minnesota-born leader in plus/minus and has the inside track to finish as its points leader during the decade.
Now in his 12th NHL season, the Devils’ captain scored his 500th NHL point on Dec. 30, 2008, on an assist to fellow Minnesotan Zach Parise, and has now played in more than 840 games in the NHL.
“Hockey’s a part of the identity of a lot of communities in Minnesota,” Langenbrunner said. “Playing high school hockey and moving on to college, and just growing up with the game, it’s a big part of the identity.”
1910s: Frank Winters
1920s: Frank "Moose" Goheen
1930s: Doc Romnes
1940s: Frank Brimsek
1950s: John Mayasich
1960s: Tommy Williams
1970s: Bill Nyrop
1980s: Neal Broten
1990s: Phil Housley
2000s: Jamie Langenbrunner