New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils’ Street Devils Program Introduces Kids to Hockey

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Jersey Devils
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Kevin Martoken prepares monthly and year-end financials and handles tax returns for hedge fund clients as a fund accountant at Grassi & Co. An avid sports fan, one of Kevin Martoken’s favorite professional teams is the New Jersey Devils.

In an effort to give back to its community, the New Jersey Devils sponsors several programs, including the AmeriHealth Street Devils. A joint program created by the National Hockey League and the Devils, Street Devils is a street hockey program for children. It was created in 1997 and has welcomed more than 18,000 children into the program.

The Street Devils program provides free educational and athletic programs to children in northern and central New Jersey. It is available to children between the ages of six and 16 and works through various schools, community centers, and hockey rinks. Organizations that participate in the Street Devils program receive no-bounce balls, sticks, goal nets, and other street hockey equipment from the NHL and New Jersey Devils.

To ensure that children learn about hockey properly and safely, the New Jersey Devils provides a start-up street hockey clinic for administrators and coaches. Coaches also receive informational and training manuals, and all participants in the program get individual playbooks. Many of the centers participating in the Street Devils program incorporate playoffs, skills contests, and awards ceremonies.

New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Wins Over the Years

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New Jersey Devils
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A fund accountant with Grassi and Co. in New York City, Kevin Martoken also is an avid hockey fan. Kevin Martoken enjoys supporting the New Jersey Devils and competes in a recreational ice hockey league.

The New Jersey Devils have reached the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Final on five occasions since 1995, including three victories. The team’s first trip to the league finals came after a relatively modest 22-win regular season. New Jersey dropped just four games over the first three rounds of the playoffs before upsetting the 33-win Detroit Red Wings in a four-game sweep, securing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup victory.

New Jersey had higher expectations entering the 2000 NHL post season, having finished the year with 45 wins. After an opening-round sweep of the Florida Panthers, the Devils endured difficult six and seven game series against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, respectively. Despite these challenges, New Jersey reached the Stanley Cup Final with home-ice advantage against the Dallas Stars. Dallas managed to steal home ice in the second game of the series, but lost three of the next four games. The Devils earned their second Stanley Cup trophy with a 1-0 triple overtime win at home and a 2-1 double overtime victory in Dallas.

After a Stanley Cup Final loss in 2001, the Devils returned to the NHL championship round in 2003. Coming off a seven-game conference finals series against the Ottawa Senators, the Devils met the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the Stanley Cup Final. Teams held home ice the entire series, though New Jersey managed to force overtime in both game three and game four. In a decisive game seven, the Devils shutout the Ducks 3-0 to claim their third Stanley Cup win in eight years. The Devils returned to the finals in 2012 but fell in six games to the Los Angeles Kings.