The New Jersey Devils have a history of being a successful franchise in the NHL. While the last decade did not produce any titles, the Devils are moving in the right direction. One of those steps was to acquire P.K. Subban this off-season. The Devils officially introduced P.K. Subban as a member of the organization on Thursday and he would like to be a part of that tradition.
P.K. Subban’s Motivation
Subban has been in New Jersey for the past week training and getting acquainted with his new surroundings. One thing that stood out to Subban was all the banners the Devils have hanging in their facility. Subban like some many before him is motivated to win and bring a Stanley Cup back to New Jersey.
“Every player in the locker room should want to have one those banners up,” Subban told the media at a Devils press conference on Wednesday. “See the Hall of Famers and that is part of our dream. It is a dream of mine to hang a banner next to these guys as a Stanley Cup Champion.”
Subban has heard about the Devils tradition winning through his time playing with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta in Montreal. Subban wants to keep up the tradition of being one those guys that win while wearing the Devils sweater.
“I want to win a Stanley Cup Ring and I want it in New Jersey,” Subban told the media.
While the Devils might not have a rich history of winning as the Montreal Canadiens do, the Devils have proven to be a successful franchise. As Subban noted the Devils have built a good history since 1982 through winning Stanley Cups and having Hall of Famers Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer, and Scott Stevens play for the team.
The Devils are building something special with general manager Ray Shero leading the charge. Shero has a vision for this team and he has not deviated from it. With John Hynes as head coach, the Devils are getting closer to winning consistently again. Obviously, the Devils are happy with the direction they are going in but are no means where they want to be.
For Subban, he is excited to be a part of the Devils organization and cannot wait for training camp to start in September.
“I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a training camp (in September) since my first one (with the Montreal Canadiens), so I’m excited to come in and get started,” Subban told the media. “I definitely have been in the League long enough now to know kind of what type of environment is a winning environment and you hear it from players and hear it from coaches all the time, but I can definitely tell you this is one of the best environments I’ve ever been in.”
The Devils have gotten the right player with the right mindset to have success in the future.
Main Photo: GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 10: P.K. Subban #76 of the Nashville Predators during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 10, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)