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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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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 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 32 5 15 -9 20
A. Henrique 26 8 10 2 18
M. Zidlicky 33 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 32 4 10 -1 14
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
P. Elias 27 3 9 -13 12
E. Gelinas 26 4 6 3 10
T. Zajac 25 4 4 -4 8
S. Bernier 22 2 6 3 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 0 1 2 .942 1.71
C. Schneider 11 15 3 .916 2.55