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Harris, Blitzer named 'Most Influential' in N.J. sports

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 10:19 AM / News
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Harris, Blitzer named \'Most Influential\' in N.J. sports
Devils\' owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer named most influential people in N.J. sports


Josh Harris (l.) and David Blitzer are introduced as the Devils' new owners on Aug. 15, 2013. (GETTY IMAGES)


What a difference a year makes.

Just 12 months after purchasing the Devils and Prudential Center, Josh Harris and David Blitzer have been named the most influential people in New Jersey sports by The Star-Ledger.

The duo, which also owns the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, topped the paper’s annual “Juice List” after being ranked 12th last year. The announcement came just over a month before the Devils’ preseason opener on Sept. 22.

"They top the list because of what they're planning to do with the team, from transforming the fan experience to investing in new ways to improve hockey operations, and how they hope that their investment has a lasting impact on the growth of the franchise's home city itself,” wrote Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi.

The Devils' front office claimed three of the 25 spots on the list: President and GM Lou Lamoriello moved up one spot this year to fifth, while Devils/Prudential Center/Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil was 13th.

Introduced as Devils owners last Aug. 15, Harris and Blitzer have worked to boost season ticket sales and improve the Prudential Center experience.

But the upgrades haven't stopped there. The Devils have also made key roster moves this summer, re-signing leading scorer Jaromir Jagr and bringing in veteran forwards Mike Cammalleri and Marty Havlat. The backbone of the defense was bolstered with long-term deals to Cory Schneider and Andy Greene.

“It was a disappointing season,” Harris told The Star-Ledger. “I was unhappy. I didn't like being home watching the playoffs on TV. I wanted to be in the playoffs. It's not lost to me. At the same time, good people and good systems can have disappointing years, and we're focused on making this a successful franchise over the long term.”

The Devils begin the 2014-15 regular season in Philadelphia on Oct. 9. The home opener is set for Oct. 18 against San Jose.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54