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by Paul on 09/18/05 at 12:15 PM ET
Dr. John J. McMullen, one of the best friends hockey -- and the state of New Jersey -- ever had, died at his home in Montclair, NJ, Friday night at the age of 87. McMullen, who also once owned the Houston Astros, brought the Devils to New Jersey from Denver in 1982. A New Jersey native, McMullen served heroically in the Navy during World War II and resigned with the rank of Commander in 1954. Throughout his life, McMullen remained an avid sports fan and bought the Devils on May 27, 1982, convinced that the state of New Jersey could support an NHL team at the Meadowlands. "The response was wonderful," said McMullen at the time of the purchase, although he'd have to pay an unprecedented NHL transfer fee. "The alternative was no team," said McMullen.
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