Peter DeBoer has taken the New Jersey Devils to the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals in his first season as coach of the team. DeBoer, whose team begins play against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, is enjoying the moment.
" I was out of work last June and July and got a call from Hall of Fame general manager who recognized some of the work I had done in Florida and gave me a chance … I’m fortunate to be sitting here," DeBoer said.
“These moments you enjoy. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first year, your fifth year. We talked after the game. Dainius Zubrus is a great example. Went to the Cup final in his first year in the league, and you’re 10, 12, 15 years later, and he’s getting a second opportunity. So you don’t get picky when these opportunities come along. You enjoy every minute of it, as much as you can, because it’s awful tough to get here.”