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James Thomas Dowd (born December 25, 1968, in Brick Township, New Jersey) is a retired professional hockey player for the NHL. He played for 10 different NHL teams. His high school hockey success and his 1995 Stanley Cup victory with the state's NHL team has made him a local hero in his home state amongst younger hockey players. He is also a frequent guest on NHL Live. Dowd helped Brick Township High School capture the New Jersey State Interolastic Athletic Association ice hockey title for the 1985–1986 season.[1] In his senior year, he broke the national scholastic scoring record, finishing with a four year tally of 375 points: 189 Goals, 186 Assists. Dowd was an 8th round pick (149th overall) of the New Jersey Devils in the NHL Entry Draft. He went to Lake Superior State University in the fall of 1987. In his four years with the Lake Superior Lakers (in the CCHA), Dowd was a prolific scorer, earning selections to the NCAA West Second All-American and CCHA Second All-Star Teams in 1990 and the NCAA West First All-American and CCHA First All-Star Teams in 1991. He was also named the CCHA's "Player of the Year" in 1991. He became the first New Jersey native to play for the New Jersey Devils when he made his NHL debut during the 1991–1992 season. The highlight of Dowd's career with the Devils came in Game Two of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals. With 1:24 left in regulation, he notched the game-winning goal, giving the Devils a 2–0 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings to take back home to New Jersey. The Devils completed the sweep at home for their first Stanley Cup Championship. Jim Dowd's Shoot for the Stars Foundation held its 11th Annual Shore High School All-Star Hockey Game on August 9, 2008 at the Red Bank Armory. The Monmouth All-Stars defeated the Ocean County, New Jersey All-Stars 6–5 in Overtime, with proceeds benefiting Jeremy Zalinsky, a 6-year-old Brick resident afflicted with pontine glioma, a cancerous tumor of the brain stem. The Ocean County All-Stars took a 2–1 series advantage, having won 5–1 two years ago. Monmouth County won last year's event 5–2. The All-Star Games and other events hosted by Shoot for the Stars have raised thousands of dollars for local families in need due to catastrophic illnesses. He also coaches ice hockey for the Red Bank Generals, a travel organization in his home state of New Jersey. Source: Wikipedia

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