As President, CEO and general manager of the New Jersey Devils, Lou Lamoriello has been in charge of one of the NHL’s most storied franchises since 1987, the longest reign of any general manager with one club in the sport’s history.
Under Lamoriello’s management, the Devils made the Stanley Cup playoffs all but three times between 1988 and 2012, qualified for five Stanley Cup Finals, and won the Stanley Cup three times (in 1995, 2000 and 2003). Lamoriello also served as general manager for Team USA in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, in which the United States won the gold medal, and in the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Lamoriello’s background in leadership started in 1968 when he became head coach of the Providence College men’s ice hockey team and then athletic director in 1982. During the 1982–83 season, the Friars were 33-10-0, the best record in the nation that year and appeared in the Frozen Four for the first time since 1964. As athletic director, he hired Rick Pitino to be the head coach of the men’s basketball team. Pitino would go on to take Providence to the Final Four in 1987.
Lamoriello’s accomplishments have earned him a number of prestigious awards including induction into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982, recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1992, winner of the 2000 Unico National Vince Lombardi Award for Professional Sports Achievement.
He received an Honourary Doctorate Degree from Providence College in 2001, was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 2003 and was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and the LaSalle Academy (Rhode Island) Hall of Fame in 2004. Finally, in 2009, Lamoriello took his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame before entrance into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.