Jersey Devils

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For the NHL team, see New Jersey Devils. For the legendary creature (cryptid), see Jersey Devil.
Jersey Devils
City Cherry Hill, New Jersey
League Eastern Hockey League
Operated 1964–1973
Home arena Cherry Hill Arena
Colors Red, Black, and White
Franchise history
1955-1964 Philadelphia Ramblers
1964-1973 Jersey Devils
Reproduction of two logos on a letter from the Jersey Devils in 1972-73, the last season before the team folded.

The Jersey Devils was the name of a professional ice hockey team from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

The Devils were formed when the Philadelphia Ramblers, a member of the Eastern Hockey League, relocated to Cherry Hill at the end of the 1963-64 season. The Devils played in the Cherry Hill Arena until 1973, when the team folded along with the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

The Devils had several notable players (below) and also won the highest scoring game in EHL history, a 16–15 over the Syracuse Blazers on February 24, 1968 at the Cherry Hill Arena before 4,583 fans.[1]

Completed scorecard for a game between the Jersey Devils and Syracuse Blazers in the early 1970s showing the lineups for the two teams.

The EHL split into two fairly short-lived leagues. The Northern teams became the North American Hockey League while the Southern teams became the Southern Hockey League, however the Devils (who had been the southernmost franchise in the Northern Division of the EHL) did not join either.[2]

Notable players and coaches[edit]

  • Bobby Taylor, who was later a backup goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers under Bernie Parent. He later became a color commentator on radio and television hockey broadcasts for the Flyers (1976-1992) and then the Tampa Bay Lightning (beginning in 1993); he has announced that he would retire from his position on the Lightning telecasts once the 2014-15 season ends.[3]
  • Dick Sarrazin, who later played for the Philadelphia Flyers and two WHA teams in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[4]
  • Marcel Pelletier, a former NHL goaltender, who ended his twenty-year career as a player/coach with the Devils in 1969.[5]
  • Rosaire Paiement played the 1966–67 season, scoring 125 points. He later played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks in the NHL and for several WHA teams.
  • Vic Stasiuk, the Philadelphia Flyers second head coach was head coach of the Devils for two seasons, 1966–68.
  • Gary Gresdal, who led the EHL in penalties in 1971–72 with 392 minutes. He played briefly for the Quebec Nordiques in the WHA.
  • Larry Pleau, 1968–69 North Division Rookie of the Year who later played several seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. He also appeared for the United States Olympic hockey team in 1968 and the New England Whalers in the WHA before working as their coach and in the front office of the Saint Louis Blues for 13 years.
  • Jamie Kennedy, 1970–71 North Division First Team All-Star Center who played briefly for the New York Raiders in the World Hockey Association. He is also a member of the Prince Edward Island Hall of Fame.[6]
  • John Brophy, all time EHL career leader in penalty minutes (3822), who played his final season as a Devil in 1972–73. He later coached for one season (1978–79) for Birmingham Bulls of the WHA and three (1986–89) with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

EHL Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1964–65 72 34 34 4 72 297 312 902 Fourth in Northern Lost Quarter-final to Long Island Ducks, 1-3
1965-66 72 25 43 4 54 239 311 733 Fifth in Northern Out of playoffs
1966-67 72 39 30 3 81 292 210 1156 Second in Northern Won Quarter-final over Johnstown Jets, 3-2
Won Semi-final over Clinton Comets 4-2
Lost Final to Nashville Dixie Flyers 1-4
1967-68 72 17 51 4 38 251 458 1231 Fifth in Northern Out of playoffs
1968-69 72 26 39 7 59 245 301 1043 Fifth in Northern Out of playoffs
1969-70 74 20 48 6 46 278 440 1183 Sixth in Northern Out of playoffs
1970-71 74 22 39 13 57 282 353 0 Sixth in Northern Out of playoffs
1971-72 75 25 40 10 60 237 294 1628 Sixth in Northern Out of playoffs
1972-73 76 23 41 12 58 239 300 0 Fourth in Central Out of playoffs

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "A to Z Encyclopedia of Ice Hockey". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Legends of Hockey". Retrieved 2009-01-16. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Hockey Database". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Hockey Database". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  6. ^ [2]

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