Senior writer Ken Campbell was on point once again in his feature article about the New Jersey Devils in your March 25 issue.
One must simply look at New Jersey’s track record over the past 14 years to conclude this is a team that breeds winners. Forget the three Stanley Cups from 1995 to 2003, Brodeur’s ridiculous statistics or Madden’s defensive dominance, New Jersey’s true brilliance manifests itself in their approach to playing smart hockey.
Naturally, New Jersey plays to its strengths (namely defense and Brodeur), but it still takes the commitment of the players to accomplish this. Starting from the top with GM Lou Lamoriello, players buy into the team mindset that rewards hard work and punishes laziness.
New Jersey’s mantra allows players like David Clarkson and Mike Mottau to fill roles left by more talented players like Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski.
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