2006_02_sstevens.jpgLast night, the New Jersey Devils retired the number of former defenseman and longtime captain, Scott Stevens. Stevens, who played 22 seasons in the NHL retired last September after 13 seasons with the team. His #4 is the first retired number for the franchise. During his career, Stevens appeared in more games than any other defenseman, and is 5th in games played at all positions. He helped lead the Devils to Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000, and 2003.

After the 37 minute ceremony (Messier's retirement ceremony was 77 minutes), the Devils went on to shutout the Southeast conference leading Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0. The shutout was Martin Brodeur's 80th of his career.

As a gift for his retirement, the Devils presented Stevens with a bow and arrow, a trip to Napa Valley, an engraved Tiffany crystal and a luxury pick-up truck. The Devils will also retire Ken Daneyko's number in March.

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