Langenbrunner, Parise and Clemmensen take home Devils' player awards
|Linemates Parise (l.) and Langenbrunner won the Most Valuable Devil and Players' Player awards, respectively.
Unsung Hero Award
Players' Player Award
Langenbrunner was named the Devils' Players' Player, while Parise took home the Most Valuable Devil award. Scott Clemmensen was chosen as the Unsung Hero.
Langenbrunner accepted his award from Devils' Assistant Coach Tommy Albelin. The veteran right wing has enjoyed his most productive NHL season with 25 goals, 38 assists and 63 points – all new career highs.
Langenbrunner is tied with Patrik Elias for second on the team with six game-winners, and shares the club lead for shorthanded goals (3) with Brian Gionta.
Past winners of the Players' Player have included Scott Stevens, Randy McKay and Jay Pandolfo.
Parise accepted his award from Devils' Assistant Coach John MacLean. Parise, the team's leading scorer, this season became the seventh player in Devils history to record a season of 40-or-more goals.
His 41 tallies are second-best in the NHL, and he has established new career highs across the board, including 47 assists, 88 points and 13 power-play goals. The left wing leads all Devils with seven game-winners.
Past winners of the MVD have included Martin Brodeur, who had earned 10 of the previous 12. He split the award with Patrik Elias in 2000-01.
Clemmensen, who was reassigned to Lowell (AHL) on Feb. 25, was credited by Devils' Goaltending Coach Jacques Caron for having had a major role in the club's success during Brodeur's rehab from injury. Caron accepted the Unsung Hero award on Clemmensen's behalf.
Clemmensen posted a record of 25-13-1, including two shutouts, in 39 starts this season. He began the year with the Devils' AHL affiliate after re-signing as a free agent during the offseason.
Clemmensen was recalled two days after Brodeur suffered a left elbow injury on Nov. 1, and went on to win 11 of his first 15 starts. He recorded a personal seven-game winning streak from Jan. 13-30.
The winners of the annual awards are determined by a players' secret ballot vote.
Bill Fox wins 2009 Dr. John J. McMullen Service to New Jersey Hockey Award
Bill Fox of Bloomfield, NJ, was today named the recipient of the 2009 Service to New Jersey Hockey Award. The award is named for the late Dr. John J. McMullen, who brought professional ice hockey to the Garden State in 1982. It has been presented annually since 1984 by the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils to an individual or individuals who have supported amateur hockey throughout the state.
Fox has served on the Montclair Hockey Club’s Board of Directors since 1985. During that time, he has contributed in several different capacities, including five years as the club’s President. He has served as Director of the Clinic and Travel Team programs, as well as the MHC’s liaison to the New Jersey Youth Hockey League. From 1995 to 1999, Fox was the MHC’s league representative to the NJYHL. Since 1999, he has served as NJYHL secretary and registrar, a position which he currently holds. Fox was the longtime NJYHL representative to USA Hockey’s Atlantic District, and operated as the district’s Vice President of Rules and Regulations.
For more than a decade, Fox has been in private practice with Graham Curtin, a New Jersey law firm. His professional career also features 17 years of public service, including a decade as Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Division of Criminal Justice.