NEWARK, N.J. — Eddie Olczyk remembers the series as if it was yesterday. It was the spring of 1994, and his New York Rangers outlasted the New Jersey Devils in a thrilling, seven-game series to secure the Eastern Conference title.
The Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Devils went home.
But Olczyk figured the latter would be back soon.
“You just knew it,” Olczyk said. “With Lou Lamoriello in charge, and because of his leadership, you knew they were on the verge of something special. There was no question about it.”
He was right. And on Wednesday, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame honored both for their accomplishments.
Lamoriello, New Jersey’s longtime general manager, who has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and five Eastern Conference crowns, was named to this year’s induction class. Joining Lamoriello as part of the class that will be enshrined in the fall, is Olczyk, now an analyst for NBC Sports, as well as Mike Modano, who won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars.