Devils to retire Daneyko's No. 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils will retire former defenseman Ken Daneyko's No. 3 jersey Friday night before their game against the Boston Bruins.

Daneyko, who will turn 42 next month, played 20 seasons and 1,283 games with the Devils, retiring at the end of the 2003 season. He spent his entire career with New Jersey, finishing with 36 goals, 142 assists and more than 2,500 penalty minutes.

"You could never predict something like that," Daneyko said Thursday. "I'm an old-school guy and I wanted to stay with one team, but you would never think that it could happen in this league."

He's one of only five players to have been a part of all three Devils Stanley Cup championship teams -- 1995, 2000 and 2003. The others are Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Brylin. The Devils retired Steven's No. 4 last month, the first time the franchise has retired a number.

"There will always be a special bond with those guys, having won three Cups with them," Daneyko said. "There aren't many who played this game who can say that they won three Cups. When I first came to New Jersey, I never thought we'd be able to win one Stanley Cup, never mind think it could happen three times. But we should be considered, along with Detroit, the top organization in hockey during that time."