**COURTESY NEW JERSEY DEVILS**
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today signed defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a three-year contract with an average annual value of $2,666,666. The salary breakdown is as follows: 2016-17: $2,500,000; 2017-18 & 2018-19: $2,750,000. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Lovejoy, 32, spent last season with Pittsburgh where he recorded 4g-6a-10pts in 66 games with 30 penalty minutes. He played in all 24 games in the Penguins’ run to the Stanley Cup Championship, scoring two goals and four assists with 12 penalty minutes.
On March 2, 2015, Lovejoy returned to Pittsburgh for his second stint with the club when he was traded from Anaheim for Simon Despres. He had played parts of three seasons with the Ducks, 2012-13 through 2014-15, prior to the transaction. Lovejoy originally came to Anaheim following a trade from Pittsburgh, where he had played for five seasons. On February 6, 2013 he was acquired by Anaheim for a fifth-round pick (Anthony Angello) in the 2014 NHL Draft. In 334 career NHL contests with those two teams, Lovejoy has 15 goals and 63 assists for 78 points to go with 186 penalty minutes. He also skated in 58 Stanley Cup Playoff games, tallying four goals and 10 assists with 24 penalty minutes. Prior to becoming a full-time NHLer during the 2010-11 campaign, Lovejoy played parts of three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) under current Devils’ Head Coach John Hynes.
Born in Concord, NH, the 6’1’ 205lb. blueliner was signed as a free agent to an AHL contract by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on June 14, 2007. He later signed with Pittsburgh on July 7, 2008. Before his AHL stint, Lovejoy played three seasons at Dartmouth (ECAC) and one with Boston College (HE). In 118 collegiate games, he posted 11 goals and 49 assists with 60 points and 86 penalty minutes.