Hall of Famer Laperriere Talks About Tonight’s Game

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It would fair to say that Jacques Laperriere knows good hockey players when he sees them.

It would also be fair to say that he had a good NHL career would be an incredible understatement.

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987, Laperriere won six Stanley Cups during the Montreal Canadiens dynasty of the 60’s and 70’s, and earned an additional two Stanley Cup rings as an assistant coach with the Habs in 1986 and 1993.

If that’s not enough, he also won the Calder Trophy in 1964 and the Norris Trophy in 1966.

The living legend has been in the Devils organization since 2003, when he joined the club as an assistant coach.  Now, he’s a roving coach who will occasionally make a trip to the minor league level to help with some of the younger players.

Tonight’s game in Trenton may have served as a bit of a reminder of some of the classic New Jersey Devils teams that went on to win Stanley Cups, with outstanding goaltending and capitalizing on offensive chances serving as just some of the similarities.

“The goalie was very good, and kept us in the game,” Laperriere said.

“And the chances we had, we finished them.  They battled hard.  It may not have been our best game, but we battled hard and ended up with the win.”

Overall, Laperriere has been impressed with what he’s seen so far out of Trenton.

“So far, they’re playing really well,” he said.

“The power play is good, the defensive killing is pretty good, we’re doing well.  It’s a young team, and they’ve improved a lot.”

And as far as those comparisons to some of those New Jersey teams?

“As long as the guy with the big pads makes those saves, that’s all you need,” joked Laperriere.

“The way (Coleman) played tonight, he looked pretty good.  If he keeps playing like that, you never know (about Coleman returning to the NHL.)”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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