Jerseys At The Rock: 1995, 2003 Journeymen Edition

This will be a recurring feature throughout the regular season (and hopefully postseason as well).  One of the great things about New Jersey Devils fans is that they get very creative with their jerseys.  Whether it’s a personalized one or an old-school Devils player, NJ fans sport some great threads at the Prudential Center.  Let’s take a look at some of the ones we saw in the last week or so.

McKenzie

“Big Jim McKenzie” as Doc Emrick used to call him.  While he wasn’t on the ice for long stretches of time, he actually played 257 regular season games in his four seasons with NJ.  He even played in 13 playoff games in 02-03, including a trio in the Stanley Cup Finals.  Most every fan loved McKenzie because he wasn’t a liability on the ice as a goon and of course, because he had some epic scraps.  Who doesn’t love anyone who simply kicks the crap out of Tie Domi?!?

Tverdovsky

Wow.  Props to anyone who has a Devils jersey of a player who played only one season with the team.  You must REALLY have a passion for a player, to go out and buy a jersey of a rental skater with one year left on his deal that your team just acquired.  Oleg Tverdovsky only spent one season in NJ, but boy was it a good one.  He came over before the 2002-03 season along with Jeff Friesen.  Devils, in essence, sent Petr Sykora and Mike Commodore to Anaheim.  Tverdovsky was expected to lead the Ducks but he had little help around him.  He came to NJ and was a seamless fit as a complementary defenseman.  He had an assist on the game-winning goal in Game Two of the Finals, which is one of my favorite goals from that series.

Guerin

Gotta love Billy Guerin.  First off, he’s a homegrown Devil and he helped the team win a Stanley Cup in 1995.  Honestly, I love every member of that team because they’re part of my original memories of the Devils as a kid.  Everyone remembers the postseason Claude Lemieux had that year, but Guerin was quite a contributor as well.  He had 11 points in 20 games.  He scored the first goal in the clinching game against the Bruins in Round One.  He also had a pair in the opener of the Conference Finals against the Flyers.  While some might have been sad to see Guerin traded in January of 1998, it ended up paying off in the end, as they got Jason Arnott back in return.  If I remember, he scored some big goal a few years later, right?  Also, at the 1995 Stanley Cup celebration parade, Guerin did THIS dance.  No words…haha.

Carpenter

Another 1995 Stanley Cup Champion in Bob Carpenter.  For those who don’t recall Carpenter, he was John Madden before John Madden.  He had an interesting NHL career.  He came in the league the same year the Devils did (1981-1982).  He was a stud offensive player for the Washington Capitals, who drafted him third overall.  He scored 27+ goals in each of his first five seasons, including an absurd 53-goal season in 1984-85.  A weird thing happened along the way, though, in the 1986-87 season.  He had a falling out with head coach Bryan Murray, so he essentially forced a trade to the Rangers, but his bad attitude there had him shipped out to the Kings after 28 games.  He played for the Bruins for a few seasons, went back to the Caps for one before the Devils signed him before the 1993-94 season.  Carpenter became more of a defensive forward when he came to NJ, not scoring more than 10 goals in any of his six seasons in The Swamp.  I never had an issue with him that maybe other fanbases did.  He was a solid Devil.

Jerseys At The Rock is a regular feature on DevilsInsiders.com.  See a quirky/funny/great jersey at The Rock (or anywhere)?  Send it to us at devilsinsiders@gmail.com and we’ll feature it (as well as credit you) on our site!