(NEWARK, N.J.) — Scott Stevens is returning home. The Hall of Famer was named the New Jersey Devils assistant coach on Tuesday.
Stevens led New Jersey to three Stanley Cup titles (1995, 2000, and 2003) during his time with the Devils and is one of only three players to have his No. 4 jersey retired at the Prudential Center.
“I’ve been away from the game. I kept my foot in the door, but I’ve been away a while now. Just the way things transpired with the coaching staff, there’s an opportunity and it just feels right now,” Stevens said. “I enjoy what I’ve been doing, but I just feel like I’m ready to jump in full time. I’m kind of excited to get behind the bench and really be a part of the game and a part of the process of helping the defensemen.”
Stevens will be working with a team that is coming off an Eastern Conference title in 2012 and is looking forward to working with head coach Peter DeBoer.
“Pete came in and made some changes and the team keeps evolving. It’s on the cutting edge here. The team got better and better at Pete’s system,” Stevens said. “It took a while, after playing a certain system for so many years, but there’s no question the guys really bought into it and made a good run to go to the Stanley Cup finals. They should be better at that system and there’s a few more things to add as the team gets a feel for what he’s trying to do.”
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