March 19, 2002, New Jersey Devils Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a first-round pick were sent to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 26-year-old forward named Jamie Langenbrenner. At that time, the Ice Age was the number one movie theater, Is it fun go through Jennifer Lopez (Jennifer Lopez) topped the list.
Before being traded to New Jersey, Langenbrenner had played for the Stars for eight seasons, scoring 235 points. His score in Dallas is steadily declining, but as the scenery changes, he almost immediately sees the impact. In his first full season for the Devils, he scored 22 goals and scored 55 points in 78 games. He is beginning to emerge and will be rewarded for his work on and under the ice in a few years.
Langenbrunner wins the title of captain
Wear “C” for New Jersey
In the 2007-08 season, Langenbrenner was awarded the captain’s armband by coach Brent Sartre. He embodies the meaning of wearing “C” because he never takes a night off and is the leader of his team. More importantly, he helped shape two young Devil players-Zach Parise and Travis Zajak.
It was Sartre who combined Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner in the 2009-10 season. Fans refer to the trio as the ZZPops series-ZZ represents Zajac, and Zach and Pops represent veteran Langenbrunner. To this day, this route is still remembered as one of the best routes in New Jersey’s history. They have always been a threat on the ice and a favorite of fans.
Wearing “C” at the 2010 Olympics
In January 2010, Langenbrunner was announced as the captain of the U.S. Olympic hockey team. His reputation in the league made him the perfect candidate for US general manager Brian Burke.
“During the selection process, we made some difficult decisions, some long discussions, and some harsh, vulgar arguments-but the one thing we didn’t have any quarrels about was to choose our captain,” Brian Burke talks about choosing Langenbrunner“He has always been a model of consistency and versatility. This is a man who does almost everything on the ice and does a good job in the locker room.”
Langenbrunner led his team to win the silver medal in Vancouver. This is the only Olympic medal he won in his career, but the memory of being forced to overtime against the Canadian team in Vancouver will forever be etched in his mind. During his time with the Devils, he won the highest level of victories, including winning the Stanley Cup as a member of the Devils in 2003.
Reunion with the Dallas Stars
In the 2011 NHL Draft, Langenbrenner returned to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional third-round pick from the Devils. He played 39 games for his old club, scored 5 goals and scored 18 points.
“I know Jamie’s character, I know he will suit us very well in the locker room,” Star General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk (Joe Nieuwendyk) said While trading. “He is familiar with our organization, he is familiar with some of our players, and I think having someone like Jamie, he is the leader and helps us advance the playoffs, which is very helpful to our current position.” That season , The star team ranked 9th in the Western Conference and failed to enter the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Langenbrunner’s short collaboration with Bruce
At the end of the 2010-11 season, Langenbrunner chose to sign a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues. At this point, the 36-year-old player assumed the responsibility of checking the line as a forward and was used as the depth of the team. He ended his first season in St. Louis with 24 points in 70 games.
The Blues chose to let him come back for another year. The Minnesota native brings a wealth of experience to the team, and his leadership is vital to the club.
“We are very happy that Jamie agreed to stay in St. Louis,” General Manager Doug Armstrong said“His professionalism and leadership on and under the ice is a valuable asset of our club.”
Unfortunately, he only played four games in the 2012-13 season. St. Louis announced that Langenbrunner had torn the labrum of his left hip joint. For young players, this is not ideal, but after five to six months of recovery, they can return to the ice. At this time, Langenbrunner is 37 years old, and the idea of retirement is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.
Retire and ship to Boston
The 6-foot-1 forward played the last NHL game against the Nashville Predators on February 5, 2013. It was not until January 15, 2014 that it was officially announced that he would retire from the NHL. In 16 seasons, he played for the Stars, Devils and Blues. He participated in 1,109 professional games, won two Stanley Cups, and won the silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
“Having the opportunity to play in the NHL for 16 seasons is a dream come true”, Langenbrunner said. “The friendships I have established with my teammates and the people in the communities where I play will be cherished forever by my family and I. I want to thank Bob Gainey, Lou La Morillo and Doug Armstrong for giving me the opportunity to play. The top players who played against hockey in the best league in the world. I would also like to thank my coach and teammates for helping a child in Minnesota enjoy a long and fulfilling career in hockey. Finally, I want to thank my truly amazing family for their support All the sacrifices made to realize my dreams.”
September 12, 2015 Boston Bruins Hire Langenbrunner and former teammate Jay Pandolfo to develop players and prospects. Currently, he holds the titles of director of player development and player personnel consultant. After the Bruins selected Langenbrunner’s son Mason with the third overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft, this became a family affair in Boston.
Langenbrunner will always remember his time in New Jersey and will be consolidated in the history of the Devils as the eighth captain. He is the leader of Parise and Zajac and a member of the beloved ZZPops series. For nine seasons, he proudly wore the Devils team badge and left unforgettable moments for fans, including becoming their Stanley Cup playoff scoring champion in the spring of 2003. He joined Scott Stevens and Kirk Muller to become one of the best captains in the history of the Devils.
Since March 2021, Kristy has been writing for The Hockey Writers. She is happy to be able to use her journalism degree and cover the Nashville Predators and the New Jersey Devils. Kristy is also the co-host of the weekly YouTube show Chicks & Sticks produced by THW.You can follow her journey on Twitter @InStilettosBlog And Instagram Skating in high heels.