Three Stanley Cup championship banners hang from the rafters of the Prudential Center—a constant warning to visiting teams that the New Jersey Devils sit among the NHL's most elite organizations. Before landing in the Meadowlands, however, the Devils sharpened their pitchforks out west, beginning in Kansas City in 1974 before moving to Colorado two years later. Neither the Scouts nor the Rockies, respectively, managed a record above .500, making their hopes of growing playoff beards a dream as distant as bottle-rocket-propelled skates.
In 1987, however, all that changed. In their sixth season in New Jersey, the Devils made the first of 21 postseason appearances in 23 years, sweeping the vaunted Detroit Red Wings in 1995 to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title and drape the first banner from the ceiling. During the Devils' 25th-anniversary season in 2006, fans voted that first finals victory as the top moment in franchise history, just barely eclipsing that time Phil landed a sweet parking spot 10 minutes before face-off.