Lou Lamoriello's Creed: Competence, Loyalty and Work Ethic
New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello will be inducted into the builders section of the the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. The architect of three Stanley Cup-winning teams was the guest on a media conference call on Friday afternoon. Some highlights ...
His reaction to the call from the Hall:
"It was surprising. I wasn't thinking of it in any way. I wasn't even aware the selection committee was meeting. When they first called, I was in a meeting with Slava Fetisov and had no idea why (the Hall of Fame) was calling. When I called back, that's when I got the news.
"No question it's touching. It's a flashback of how fortunate I've been. I've had the opportunity to work in two organizations (Providence College and the Devils) with such quality people. This honor is the result of so many of the people around me."
Lamoriello's business philosophy:
"You have to have a philosophy that you believe in yourself and practice on a daily basis. Competence, loyalty and work ethic are vital. Find the people who believe in what you believe and have those characteristics. Get strong people. Don't let the media and fans distract you from the information you have. You just hope that you don't make more mistakes than things you get right. Stay the course.
"That's why there is the logo on the front and the name on the back."
"Nothing surpasses the three Stanley Cups. Nothing. If you had to look for one highlight beyond the Cups, I would say John MacLean's shot in 1987 [in overtime on the last day of regular season for New Jersey's first playoff berth]. That was the turning point, getting to the playoffs and setting the stage for everything else to come.
"There was also the 1996 World Cup [gold medal with Lamoriello as GM]. Also, watching the success of our players. Watching Scotty Stevens go into the Hall of Fame last year."
Fellow class of 2009 inductees Brian Leetch and Brett Hull:
"I'm touched to be going in with them because I have experiences with both Brett and Brian going back to college. I played in college for years against [Leetch's] father. I tried to recruit Brian, but I think he followed his dad's influence to Boston College.
"Brett and Brian were big parts of our World Cup team. That was a special group. We brought them to Providence College for a few weeks to try and build a team. The coaches were Ron Wilson, Paul Holmgren and John Cunniff. They worked hard and were a big part of it. Brian was our captain. He haunted me before that tournament and he haunted me after."
Present-day challenges of being a GM:
"The core challenges are still the same. The biggest challenge is the Collective Bargaining Agreement today and having free agency at such an early age. The challenge now is maintining success over a period of time.
"Every challenge is different in every organization. Where it's the same is making the judgment on players at an early age. Bad decisions today will stick with you in this system through a long period of time. The chemistry, what goes on in that locker room, is always carried out on to the ice."