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Parise, Greene, Mottau win player awards

Driver named recipient of 2010 McMullen Award

Wednesday, 03.31.2010 / 4:18 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Parise, Greene, Mottau win player awards
Parise earned team MVP for the second straight year.
Winning teams are put together with many different components, from scorers to defensive specialists to role players.

The Devils handed out their player awards on Wednesday, in recognition of the contributors that have Jersey’s Team contending for their ninth Atlantic Division title.

Zach Parise, who this year became the first player in franchise history to record four consecutive 30-goal seasons, was named Most Valuable Player for a second straight season. He leads the Devils with 35 goals and 39 assists.

Andy Greene, who excelled as the Devils’ top defenseman in the absence of Paul Martin, was named Unsung Hero. Mike Mottau received Players’ Player honors.

Alumni Association Director Bruce Driver was named this year's recipient of the Dr. John J. McMullen Service to New Jersey Hockey Award.

Devils legend and Hall of Famer Scott Stevens announced Parise as MVP. Stevens won the award in 1993-94.

“This year’s MVP goes to a player that seems to always find a way to get it done with his hard work and his desire, game in, game out,” Stevens said. “He’s very consistent and plays the game with a lot of passion.”

Greene stepped into a big role on the Devils’ defensive core this season, eating up major minutes and quarterbacking the power play while Martin recovered from injury.

“This is a guy that has been a real hard worker,” said assistant coach Tommy Albelin. “Last year he was very much in and out of the lineup all the time. He’s done a tremendous job to his game, spending lots of his summers here, working out, skating, power skating, lifting weights and doing all of the right things to become the player he is today. He’s been really contributing this year.”

Albelin won the Unsung Hero in 1995 and joked Wednesday that some past recipients wound up being traded. He was shipped to Calgary in 1996 as part of a five-player deal for Phil Housley.

“Guess this will be my last speech since I guess I’m getting traded next year,” Greene deadpanned. He has tallied six goals and 28 assists in 73 games this year to crush his previous career high of 10 points set in 2007-08. He made 49 appearances last year, collecting two goals and seven assists.

Mottau, in his third full campaign with New Jersey, is on pace to set career highs in assists and points. He has two goals and 14 helpers in 74 appearances this season, surpassing his points total of a year ago. His award was announced by assistant coach Mario Tremblay.

“There’s a lot of good teammates in the this room, and I’m humbled to get the vote from each guy,” Mottau said. 

Driver, winner of the McMullen Award, played in 12 seasons with the Devils, and was a member of their 1995 Stanley Cup championship. He is currently in his 12th year as director of the team’s alumni association, making 150 personal appearances in the community each season. 

The defenseman had career totals of 96 goals and 390 assists for 486 points and 670 penalty minutes in 922 games with New Jersey and NY Rangers.

He has served as head coach of Morristown-Beard School’s girls’ ice hockey team since 2000-01, and has spent the last 10 seasons volunteering as the head coach for both the Montclair (NJ) hockey club’s house and travel teams. 

Driver co-authored, along with Clare Wharton, The Baffled Parent’s Guide to Coaching Youth Hockey.

"I feel very honored and humbled to be receiving the Dr. John J. McMullen Service to New Jersey Hockey Award today," Driver said. "To read the list of all the past winners is like reading a who's who of hockey circles in New Jersey. I'm honored to be in their company."

Sponsored by the Devils and named after the club's late founder, the Dr. John J. McMullen Service to New Jersey Hockey Award is presented annually to an individual who has served the sport of ice hockey throughout the State of New Jersey. It is awarded annually by McMullen's son, Peter, who serves as the team's Executive Vice President of Operations.

Past recipients include Devils' President, CEO and General Manager Lou Lamoriello and Chairman and Managing Partner Jeff Vanderbeek and wife, Debbie.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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