The New Jersey Devils
are a professional ice hockey
team based in Newark, New Jersey
. They are members of the Atlantic Division
of the Eastern Conference
of the National Hockey League
(NHL). The club was founded in Kansas City, Missouri
in 1974, moved to Denver, Colorado
after only two seasons, and then settled in New Jersey in 1982. Under current general manager Lou Lamoriello
, the Devils have made the playoffs
in 18 out of the last 20 seasons, including each of the last 11. They won the Stanley Cup
, and 2003
. The Devils play their home games in Newark
at the Prudential Center
, which first opened for the 2007-08 season. Previously, they played at the Continental Airlines Arena, which is now named the Izod Center
. They have rivalries
with their trans-Hudson
neighbor, the New York Rangers
, and with the Philadelphia Flyers
. The Devils or Flyers won the Atlantic Division title in every season between 1995 and 2007.
William Warren "Bill" Bradley
(born July 28, 1943) is an American hall of fame basketball
player, Rhodes scholar
, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator
from New Jersey
. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party's nomination for President
in the 2000 election
Bradley was born and raised in a suburb of St. Louis and excelled at basketball from an early age. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and did well academically, was an all-county and all-state basketball player in high school, and was offered 75 college scholarships. At Princeton University he earned a gold medal as a member of the 1964 Olympic basketball team and was the NCAA Player of the Year in 1965. After graduating in 1965, he attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, delaying a decision for two years on whether or not to play in the NBA.
While at Oxford, Bradley played one season of professional basketball in Europe, and eventually decided to join the New York Knicks in the 1967–68 season, after serving six months in the Air Force Reserve. He spent his entire ten-year professional basketball career playing for the Knicks, winning two championship titles. Retiring in 1977, he ran for a seat in the United States Senate the following year, from his adopted home state of New Jersey. He was re-elected in 1984 and 1990, left the Senate in 1997, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination.
Bradley is the author of six non-fiction books, most recently The New American Story, and hosts a weekly radio show, American Voices, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He is a corporate director of Starbucks and a partner at investment bank Allen & Company in New York City.