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Catching up with... Andy Greene

Defenseman hopes his hard work during the offseason pays off in year ahead

Tuesday, 09.16.2008 / 10:00 AM ET / Features
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Catching up with... Andy Greene

Greene recorded two goals and eight assists during 2007-08, his first full season in New Jersey.

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newjerseydevils.com – Playing in front of the hometown crowd is a dream for just about every kid hoping to make it to the National Hockey League. On Nov. 8, when the Devils visit Joe Louis Arena to battle the Red Wings, defenseman Andy Greene will have a chance to hit the ice in his native Detroit.

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Greene made 59 appearances for New Jersey in 2007-08, his first full season as a Devil. The 5-11, 195-lb. blueliner played in a career-high 23 straight games to begin the season, and improved upon his previous year's totals (1g-5a-6pts) with two goals and eight assists for 10 points.

Born just south of the Motor City in Trenton, Mich., Greene spent four seasons with Miami University of Ohio (CCHA), where he was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team in 2003 and the First All-Star Team from 2004-2006, and took Offensive Defenseman of the Year honors in 2005 and 2006. Undrafted, he signed with the Devils as a free agent in April of 2006.

Newjerseydevils.com recently caught up to Greene, who is back in New Jersey and ready for training camp.

Greene: After last season was over, I went back home to Detroit for a few weeks and hung out with family and friends. It was the first time I had the chance to see my new nephew, Ryan Alexander, who was born at the end of March. It was nice to actually see him in person, and spend time with my nieces, Amanda and Katie. Obviously, when you're home there's also time to relax and reflect on the season.

I was home for about three weeks, and it was good to see everyone. My family tries to get to New Jersey about once a month during the season to see games, but not all of them had that opportunity last year.

After that trip home, I came back to Jersey at the end of May to work out, and stayed through the month of June. I returned to Miami of Ohio for their alumni weekend golf outing, and it was nice to see a lot my old teammates and some of the guys that led the way for me to be there.

Every summer my family takes a vacation together up north in Michigan. Me and my three brothers, two of whom are married, along with my nieces, nephews and in-laws, went to a resort called Crystal Mountain, which is just south of Traverse City. It's just a place to relax, play golf everyday, and spend time on Lake Michigan.

I was back in New Jersey for all of August, and took advantage of all the nice golf courses that Jersey has to offer. I played Mountain Ridge, Upper Montclair, Essex County, Echo Lake and Ballyowen.

I was able to get to the Jersey Shore a few times to enjoy some days off in Spring Lake and Belmar. It's so different from where I live in West Orange, especially having the ocean right there. It's a slower pace to just relax and take it easy.

I'll be going into Detroit this year for the first time in my NHL career, and for the last year and a half, my friends and family have been asking when I'd be playing at home. It's going to be a fun experience, obviously a new experience for me. I'm looking forward to that and hopefully a good outcome. I grew up a Wings fan because I was 20 minutes south of Detroit, and I was a big Steve Yzerman fan.

I've had a good summer. I've been working out and training hard with [Devils strength and conditioning coordinator] Mike Vasalani, and I'm feeling confident about the shape I'm in both mentally and physically. I'm hoping to use everything I've done this summer to go right into training camp and into the season ready to have a good year.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59