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Louis Lamoriello
Born October 21, 1942 (1942-10-21) (age 67)
Occupation

Louis "Lou" Lamoriello (born October 21, 1942) is the CEO, president, and general manager of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lamoriello, who has been with the Devils since 1987, has served longer than any current general manager in the league with a single franchise.

He played a key part in negotiating the settlement of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

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Before the Devils

Prior to joining the Devils, Lamoriello was a math teacher at Johnston (R.I.) High School for several years ending in the early 1970s.

Lamoriello was the athletic director and men's ice hockey coach at Providence College, his alma mater. He coached Providence's ice hockey team from 1968 to 1987, and was named athletic director in 1982. As athletic director, he hired Rick Pitino as the head coach of the Providence's men's basketball team. Pitino would go on to take Providence to the Final Four in 1987.

Devils President and general manager

In April 1987, then-Devils owner John McMullen appointed Lamoriello president of the club. Lamoriello named himself general manager just before the start of the next season – a move that surprised many NHL observers. He had never played, coached or managed in the NHL, and was virtually unknown outside the American college hockey community.

Since then, Lamoriello has presided over one of the most successful rebuilding projects in North American professional sports history. In his first season as GM, the Devils notched their first winning season in franchise history (dating back to their time as the Kansas City Scouts [1974–76] and Colorado Rockies [1976–82]) and reached the Wales Conference Finals. They have made the playoffs in all but two of his 20 seasons as GM and appeared in the Stanley Cup finals in 1995 (won), 2000 (won), 2001 (lost), and 2003 (won). After YankeeNets bought the Devils in 2000, Lamoriello was named chairman and CEO of the Devils, as well as vice-chairman and CEO of the then co-owned New Jersey Nets. He dropped his chairmanship of the Devils and resigned his posts on the Nets after Jeffrey Vanderbeek bought the Devils in 2004. Both YankeeNets and Vanderbeek have largely left the Devils' operations in Lamoriello's hands.

Lamoriello served as the GM for Team USA in the 1998 Winter Olympics. In 1992, he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Lamoriello is well-known in NHL circles for his hard-nosed approach to contract negotiations. Pat Verbeek, Kirk Muller and Bill Guerin, among others, have been traded out of town after losing contract negotiations.[1] He nearly traded Ken Daneyko, the Devils' all-time leader in games played, in 1989. According to Daneyko, Lamoriello believes in paying a third-line player as much as a first-line player if he feels they have the same value to the team.[1]

Brief coaching stints

On December 19, 2005, following the surprise resignation of Larry Robinson as Devils head coach, Lamoriello took over the position on an interim basis. The Devils eventually made it the Eastern Conference semi-finals before falling to the Carolina Hurricanes. When asked on television after the Devils' victory over the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs if he was interested in becoming head coach permanently, Lamoriello replied "Absolutely not", hiring Claude Julien as coach following the season.

On April 2, 2007, Lamoriello once again took over as interim head coach after firing Julien. The firing took place with three games left in the season, when the Devils had the second-best record in the conference and were on their way to setting a franchise record for regular season wins.[2]

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Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
NJ 2005–06 50 32 14 4 (101) 1st in Atlantic Lost in second round
NJ 2006-07 3 2 0 1 (107) 1st in Atlantic Lost in second round
Total 53 34 14 5

Honors and achievements

On June 23, 2009, it was announced that Lamoriello would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builders category. He was honoured during the November 6–9 induction weekend,[3] alongside Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille, and Steve Yzerman.

Personal life

Lou Lamoriello has three adult children: Christopher, Heidi, and Tim. Christopher works for the Devils as the senior vice president of hockey operations & general manager for the Devils' developmental teams in Lowell and Trenton. Tim is a senior staff attorney for the New Jersey Devils.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Duhatschek, Eric et al. (2001). Hockey Chronicles. New York City: Checkmark Books. ISBN 0816046972. 
  2. ^ Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more
  3. ^ "Hockey Hall of Fame Announces 2009 Inductees". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. 2009-06-23. http://www.legendsofhockey.net/html/ind09prolog.htm#1styears. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 

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