Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Stevens Leaves NJ Bedeviled

Taking his name off the list of veterans who just don't know when to quit, long time NJ Devils captain and heavy hitting defenceman Scott Stevens decided that the mental grind of another NHL season just wasn't bearable.

Stevens, who's career is earmarked with some memorable hits including one against hockey villain Eric Lindros and Paul Kariya, was always a towering presence on and off the ice. His leadership allowed for him to lift Lord Stanley's Cup 3 times over his head during his career. He also was a consummate All-Star and also represented Team Canada in the Olympics in 1998. He also reached one personal honor being named as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for the 2000 playoffs MVP. He is expected to be a first ballot Hall of Famer when eligible.

No word as of yet who the depleted Devils may name as a replacement to the veteran Stevens' after departure.

[Via: FOX Sports]
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