Devils' grizzled warrior goes out in style

Updated: June 10, 2003, 11:43 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
He's been on the same team longer than any active player in the four major professional sports and hadn't missed a playoff game in the history of the New Jersey Devils until this year.

Gradually, Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko became a healthy scratch more often than he played and it looked as if the veteran of 20 NHL seasons would never play again. Time had been creeping up on Daneyko, but with the Devils facing a winner-take-all Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, it was time for the 39-year-old graybeard to return.

So it was fitting that Daneyko got to enjoy his third Stanley Cup victory on the ice Monday night instead of from the press box, where he'd had to watch the previous six games of the finals. And New Jersey head coach Pat Burns made sure Daneyko was on the ice for the game's final shift so he could finish off the Devils' 3-0 victory.