Jeffrey "Jeff" Vanderbeek is the former owner of the New Jersey Devils, a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League. Vanderbeek, a New Jersey native and Devils season ticket holder since the late 1980s, became a minority owner when Puck Holdings, an affiliate of YankeeNets, purchased the team in 2000. In 2004 he bought the team outright and resigned his position as an executive vice president of Lehman Brothers, which he joined in 1984. He was ranked the ninth highest paid executive of 2002 by Business Week with pay totaling over $29 million. Vanderbeek has been a strong proponent of the Prudential Center, which hosted its first New Jersey Devils hockey game on October 27, 2007. He currently resides in Warren, New Jersey.
In 2012, Vanderbeek finalized a deal with the team’s lenders that will keep him in control of the franchise for at least two years.
For the most part, Vanderbeek has left the Devils' day-to-day operations in the hands of general manager Lou Lamoriello.
In August 2013, a deal was reached where Josh Harris, owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, will buy a majority stake in the Devils for over $320 million. Vanderbeek will retain minimal ownership of the team after the sale.
In December of 2014, Vanderbeek was hired by Kyle Franey, Director of Athletics at Somerville High School, as co-head football coach. Somerville High School, one with a storied past, has lost 22 games in a row.
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