Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Red, White and True

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Red, White and True

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NEWARK - In many ways, it felt just like old times for the members of the Devils' 1995 Stanley Cup team reuniting this weekend for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the organization's first championship.

One thing was very different, however, when they took the ice at Prudential Center's practice rink for Saturday afternoon's alumni game. Martin Brodeur, the goaltender on all three of the Devils' Cup teams and the NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts, was not in net, but skated at forward instead for the first two periods.

Brodeur did just fine, scoring one goal and setting up defenseman Ken Daneyko for another. The 42-year-old future Hall of Famer then gave the fans what they wanted and donned his goalie equipment for the third period.

"It was a blast," Brodeur said afterward, despite ending up as the losing goalie in the Red Team's 10-6 win over the White Team. "It's been fun since we've seen each other early this afternoon. It's been a blast being here."

The celebration continues today with a ceremony honoring the 1995 team prior to the current Devils' game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"It's been better than I could have imagined," defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "A handful of guys I haven't seen in quite a while and just hanging out it's amazing how you can almost pick up where things left off. It's kind of shocking almost. It's fun to see the guys for sure."

The only players from the 1995 team that couldn't make it back for at least part of the weekend were forward Stephane Richer and Neal Broten and defenseman Kevin Dean. The 20 players that played in Saturday's alumni game, which was relegated to the practice rink because of a concert, were split evenly into two teams, but the decision to have Brodeur play forward for the first two periods left the Red Team with only two defenseman - Niedermayer and Scott Stevens, both Hall of Famers.

Defenseman Bruce Driver, who was to play on the Red Team, played in net for the White Team for the first two periods. Driver said he and Brodeur first discussed the idea of Brodeur playing forward in the alumni game last week.

"He says, 'I'll do anything but play goal' and he started laughing," said Driver, who sometimes plays goalie for the Devils' alumni team in charity events. …

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