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Devils' DeBoer has found his niche

Updated: May 18, 2012, 9:07 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- The fall of 1985.

Peter DeBoer and his parents are talking with Windsor Spitfires GM Jim Rutherford in historic Windsor Arena in downtown Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit.

Rutherford, who took the teenage forward in the 13th round of the junior draft, wanted DeBoer to stay in Windsor, see whether he liked it, maybe play some Junior B with the Windsor Bulldogs, maybe some with the big junior club.

DeBoer wasn't so sure.

"It was a little overwhelming ...

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