The Devils will honor their former owner John McMullen by making him the first inductee into the team's new Ring of Honor prior to Friday's game against Toronto.
McMullen purchased the Colorado Rockies franchise in 1982 and moved them to the Meadlowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the following season where they became the New Jersey Devils.
The most important move made by McMullen, and possibly the most significant personnel decision in the franchise's history, was the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as the team's president in 1987.
30 years later, the Devils have created a legacy of NHL hockey in New Jersey, winning three Stanley Cup Championships and forming a solid foundation of youth hockey programs.
McMullen sold the team in 2000, and passed away at the age of 87 in 2005.
"I think this means a lot to our family," said McMullen's son, Peter, who is still a Devils' season-ticket holder. Peter, along with about a dozen family members including his mother, Jacqueline, will represent his father at the ceremony on Friday.
"We're really proud of the leadership my father had in working with Govs. Byrne and Kean to get a pro hockey team to the Garden State," Peter McMullen said in a telephone interview with The Record. "It's a validation of a lot of hard work and a lot of success by players, coaches and a lot of the people in the support staff off the ice."
Lamoriello now serves as general manager of the Maple Leafs, and will be on hand for the ceremony. The ceremony will also be attended by Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver, Jim Dowd, Marshall Johnston, Claude Lemiuex, John MacLean, Randy McKay, Glenn "Chico" Resch, Stephane Richer and Sergei Starikov, all Devils' alumni from the McMullen era.