Pelley, who was previously with the organization between 2006-11, rejoined the Devils this offseason after splitting the last year-and-a-half with Anaheim and Norfolk. His familiarity and experienced made it an easy decision for the team.
“On and off the ice, he’s exactly what I think this organization exemplifies,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “He’s a good person and a great man to start with. He comes with the same approach and the same attitude, same sense of professionalism every day. He’s been in the organization before, so he knows what we’re about.”
Pelley is taking the approach that it takes more than one player to steer the ship.
“I’m obviously very honored,” Pelley said. “There are a good group of guys in there. We have some young guys; we have a mix. We have some good veteran guys who have been here before. It’s not just going to be me. It’s going to be everyone in the room. Just because I have the C on doesn’t mean anyone is not a leader. It will be a group effort, but I am very honored.”
“Some of those guys are in their third, fourth years,” Kowalsky said. “They are now guys we are going to look to and put that responsibility on. That was a decision in Sislo and McKelvie. Both are great pro as far as on and off the ice.”
The Devils are preparing for their home opener, which is Saturday against Utica at 5:05 pm. The team returns to practice Thursday morning at Times Union Center.
Reid Boucher, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac