Thursday, July 23, 2015
Lamoriello Leaves Devils, Joins Leafs
New Jersey Devils president and Providence College Hall of Famer Lou Lamoriello resigned from his position this morning after a total of 28 years with the Devils organization. He was announced hours later as the new general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lamoriello’s NHL tenure in the Garden State included three Stanley Cup Championships, five Eastern Conference titles, and nine Atlantic Division Championships. New Jersey fashioned a record of 1,093-779-268 (.578) during the regular-season and 136-116 (.540) in the post-season with him at the helm, according to the team website. The Devils won the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003 with Lamoriello in charge, and also made appearances in the Stanley Cup Final in 2001 and 2012.
Lamoriello served as Devils head coach on several occasions, including the second half of last season when he was partnered with Adam Oates and Scot Stevens as New Jersey missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth time in five campaigns. He led the Devils to a 32-14-4 mark in 50 games in 2005-06 as head coach.
Lamoriello was replaced in May as Devils general manager by Ray Shero, although he still retained the title of president.
Prior to joining New Jersey in 1987, Lamoriello served as Providence’s athletic director and was also commissioner of the Hockey East Association. He was Providence’s hockey coach for 15 seasons, and compiling a .578 winning percentage (248-179-13) with the Friars, according to NHL.com. A 1963 Providence graduate who lettered in both baseball and hockey, he guided the Friars to a dozen post-season tournaments in a row as coach, including the 1983 NCAA Final Four.
Lamoriello was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builders’ category in 2009, followed by his induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame three years later.