The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in the Continental Airlines Arena of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). Originally founded as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974, the team moved to Denver, Colorado two years later and became the Colorado Rockies before moving to its current location in 1982.
After failing to make the playoffs their first six seasons in New Jersey, the Devils made their first playoff appearance in 1987-88. After several early playoff eliminations, as well as losing a seven-game Eastern Conference Final to their archrival New York Rangers in 1993-94, the Devils won their first Stanley Cup in 1994-95, defeating the Detroit Red Wings in four games straight. They have since won two more Stanley Cups, in 1999-00 and 2002-03, as well as making another Finals appearance in 2000-01.
2001-present: Perennial contender
The team fell short of winning their third Stanley Cup in 2001, losing to the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. In 2002, they were thought to be contenders once again, but lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round. In 2003, they returned to the top, beating the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the Stanley Cup, four games to three. Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Ken Daneyko, and Sergei Brylin each won their third Cup and Jeff Friesen, Jamie Langenbrunner, John Madden, and Brian Rafalski were all important contributors.
From their first Stanley Cup insurgence in 1995 all the way to the present day, the New Jersey Devils have remained amongst the best teams in the NHL, second perhaps only to the Detroit Red Wings in regular and post season success. This was a team Wayne Gretzky had once dubbed a "Mickey Mouse" organization
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