NEWS

Harris: 'We're in it to win it'

Thursday, 08.15.2013 / 2:10 PM ET / News
New Jersey Devils
X
Share with your Friends


Harris: \'We\'re in it to win it\'


 
The New Jersey Devils on Thursday announced the sale of the franchise and the rights to operate the Prudential Center to a group headed by investment banker Joshua Harris.

The announcement was made during a Thursday morning press conference at the Prudential Center.

"It is with great pride that I stand here today at the Prudential Center … and share with you the sense of excitement we have as the new owners of the New Jersey Devils," Harris said. " … I can assure everyone here that David [Blitzer, co-owner] and I take the responsibility for being stewards of this great franchise seriously and we look forward to building excitement on and off the ice."

Harris said he was drawn to the deal by his family, saying his grandparents lived in Newark and his father graduated high school in nearby Caldwell, N.J.

In addition, Scott O'Neill was hired as the team's chief executive officer and will lead the business side of the organization, and former owner Jeff Vanderbeek will remain with the team as a senior advisor.

Lou Lamoriello, who has been with the franchise since 1987 and built three Stanley Cup-winning teams, will be staying with the team as president and general manager.

"Over the past week or so I have had the great privilege and honor of getting together with Josh and David," Lamoriello said. "I didn't know either one prior to that and we have spent considerable time together and I can honestly stand here and say that each time that I did spend with them I got more impressed. … When you get to meet them, what you're impressed with is the realism, the honesty, the up-frontness and being direct. In the conversations, what I took out of it was their commitment to excellence, their commitment to drive, to work ethic and never compromising honesty and integrity.

"They want to give to the New Jersey Devils fans an off-ice experience, they want to make a commitment that [but] more important to me, a commitment to winning. They really know what is necessary to win and what it takes. Everyone wants to win but not everyone knows how. They're creative, they're intuitive and they want to get an edge in every way they can. I'm comfortable with that and I'm honored to be here and stay here in New Jersey with the New Jersey Devils."

Harris and his primary partner, Blitzer, are part of the group that owns the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, which they bought from Comcast Spectacor in 2011. O'Neill also serves as CEO of the basketball team.

NHL.com

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42