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Martin Brodeur
Brodeur30.jpg
Martin Brodeur during the 2005–06 season
Born (1972-05-06) May 6, 1972 (age 44)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New Jersey Devils
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 20th overall, 1990
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1991–2015
Website www.martinbrodeur30.com

Martin Pierre Brodeur (French pronunciation: ​[maʁtɛ̃ bʁɔdœʁ]; born May 6, 1972) is a Canadian-American[1] former ice hockey goaltender and the assistant general manager of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). In his 21-season tenure with the New Jersey Devils, he won three Stanley Cup championships and five Eastern Conference titles in 17 postseason campaigns. He also won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, as well as several other medals with Team Canada in other international competitions. Brodeur is widely regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time.

Brodeur holds numerous NHL and franchise records, including all-time regular season wins (691), losses (397), shutouts (125), and games played (1,266).[2] He won at least 30 games in twelve straight seasons between 1995–96 and 2007–08 and is the only goalie in NHL history with eight 40-win seasons.[3] He is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, a five-time Jennings Trophy winner, a ten-time NHL All-Star, a Calder Memorial Trophy winner, and one of only two NHL goaltenders to score a goal in both the regular season and the playoffs.[4][5]

Brodeur used a hybrid style of goaltending by standing up more than butterfly style goalies, though he adapted to more modern techniques at the latter stage of his career.[6][7][8] He was known for his puck handling, his positional play, and his reflexes, especially with his glove hand.[7] Brodeur's prowess at puck handling was so well-known that it led in part to the NHL changing its rules regarding where goalies were allowed to handle the puck outside of the goal crease, adding what is known as "The Brodeur Rule".[9] He announced his retirement in the middle of the 2014–15 season after a brief stint with the Blues, having played in seven games with the team.[10]

Early life[edit]

Martin Brodeur was born on May 6, 1972, in Montreal.[11] He was one of five children of Denis and Mireille Brodeur.[12] Denis played in the 1956 Olympics for Team Canada and won a bronze medal.[13][14] After his playing career, Denis was a longtime photographer for the Montreal Canadiens. For more than 20 years, he attended all Montreal games and practices, and when Martin was old enough, he came along. Brodeur idolized Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy.[15]

Brodeur started playing hockey as a forward. His goaltending career began when his coach asked him if he wanted to play as a backup at the position in a youth tournament. Brodeur explained:[16]

The next season my coach came up to me and said, 'Do you want to be a goalie or forward this year?' It was the biggest decision of my life, and I was seven years old. I don't know why I decided, but I thought it would be fun to play goal.

When he was 12 years old, Brodeur briefly intended to stop playing hockey, after he had been removed from his team's lineup for not showing up at a game. Following a conversation with his brother Claude, though, he decided to continue playing.[17] When receiving goaltending instructions in his teens, Brodeur was taught a variety of different styles, ranging from butterfly to stand-up, and paid attention to the technique of others playing the position. He attended a camp run by retired Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretiak, who encouraged the use of multiple methods; Brodeur believes that the concept made him "a student of the game."[18] In the 1989–90 season, he made it to the Quebec Major Junior League. While playing with the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser, Brodeur made the QMJHL All-Rookie team in 1989–90 and the QMJHL 2nd All-Star Team in 1991–92.[19] Brodeur was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (20th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.[19]

NHL career[edit]

New Jersey Devils[edit]

1991–95[edit]

In the 1991–92 NHL season, Brodeur spent most of his time with the Utica Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL), but was called up to the NHL on an emergency basis for four games when New Jersey goaltenders Chris Terreri and Craig Billington became injured. Brodeur won his NHL debut against the Boston Bruins, 4–2,[20] and played in one playoff game that season. Brodeur spent the following season in the AHL with Utica. However, in the 1993–94 season, Brodeur returned to the NHL permanently and gained recognition when he won the Calder Trophy, an annual award for the best rookie in the NHL. He led the Devils to the second-best record in the league and the Eastern Conference Finals in the playoffs, where they lost to the New York Rangers in seven games.[21] He finished 2nd in goals against average (GAA) (2.40) and 4th in save percentage (.915) in 47 games played during the regular season,[22] helping him eventually land the starting job over Terreri.[23]

In the 1994–95 NHL season, which was shortened to 48 games due to an extended lockout, the Devils finished tied for 9th overall, 5th in their conference.[24][25] With the leadership of Brodeur, they defeated the Boston Bruins in the 1st round, shutting them out in three of their four wins.[24] In the second round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brodeur gave up only nine goals and helped the Devils defeat the Penguins in five games. In the third round, the Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games,[26] giving them their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history,[27] against the heavily favoured Detroit Red Wings. The strong play of Brodeur and the Devils' "trap" method of defence made the series lopsided in favour of New Jersey, who swept the Red Wings 4 games to 0 while holding them to just seven goals in four games.[28][29] Brodeur won a Stanley Cup in only his second full season in the NHL.[30] After the victory, he was quoted as saying:[5]

In the last game against Detroit, the time from ten minutes left to one minute left was probably the longest nine minutes of my life. But from one to zero was probably the greatest time I've ever had. I didn't want the clock to run out. It was such a great feeling: people crying in the stands, people jumping up and down, people cheering. Guys couldn't even sit up on the bench. It was probably the best minute of my life.

1995–99[edit]

After a year of success, the Devils were in the middle of the pack for most of the 1995–96 season and barely missed the playoffs. Brodeur played in 74 of his team's 82 games, setting a single-season record for most minutes played by a goalie, while having the 2nd-most shutouts (6) in the league. He was named the starter in the All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference and stopped all 12 shots he faced.[5] He finished fourth in voting for the Vezina Trophy,[31] which is awarded to the league's top goaltender.[32] Brodeur also played on Team Canada during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where Canada lost to the United States in the gold medal finals.[33]

In the 1996–97 season, the Devils finished 3rd in the NHL. Brodeur was runner-up for the Vezina Trophy, was named to the All-Star team, and had the lowest goals against average by a goalie in almost 30 years, earning him the Jennings Trophy. He also had 10 shutouts and a .927 save percentage. On April 17, 1997, in the first game of a first-round playoff matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, Brodeur fired the puck the length of the ice and into the Canadiens' empty net to ensure a 5–2 victory. It was only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender had scored in the playoffs, and the fifth time overall.[34] The Devils went on to win that series, but lost in the second round to the rival New York Rangers.[35][36]

The following year, Brodeur had 43 wins and 10 shutouts in the regular season. The Devils finished first in the Eastern Conference,[37] but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators.[38] Once again, Brodeur made the All-Star Team, finished as a runner-up for the Vezina Trophy, and won the Jennings Trophy.[39]

In the 1998–99 season, the Devils finished first in the Eastern Conference for the third straight year, with Brodeur winning 39 games. He was among the contenders for the Vezina Trophy and started in the All-Star game, making his fourth appearance. However, the Devils lost in the first round to the Penguins. It was Brodeur's worst playoff performance to date statistically, as he allowed 20 goals in seven games with an .856 save percentage.[10]

1999–2004[edit]

During the 1999–2000 season, on February 15, 2000, Brodeur was credited with his second career goal, as Brodeur was the last Devils player on the ice to touch the puck before Daymond Langkow of the Flyers accidentally put the puck into his own empty net during a delayed penalty call against the Devils.[40] Brodeur had previously stopped an attempted Flyers shot.[41]

That season, Brodeur won 43 games for the second time in his career, and the Devils finished with the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference after losing the division to the Flyers by two points.[42] Brodeur helped the Devils sweep the Florida Panthers in the first round, giving up only six goals in four games. In the next round against the Toronto Maple Leafs he recorded two shutouts, including one in the final game of the series as the Devils went on to win four games to two, setting up a showdown with rival Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Flyers took a 3–1 series lead and had home ice to close out the series, but Brodeur gave up only one goal in each of the remaining three games of the series, propelling the Devils to a comeback series victory in 7 games. They went on to play the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final, who had a higher seed but fewer regular season points, giving the Devils home ice advantage in the series. After taking game one with a 7-goal rally against Dallas, the Devils were led by Brodeur the rest of the way as he gave up only six goals in the next five games, giving the team their second Stanley Cup Championship in six years.[43]

The next year, Brodeur topped the 40-win mark for the third time in his career, despite having an average GAA and save-percentage throughout the season. He played in the All-Star Game for the 6th consecutive season, and helped the Devils earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference. In the first round Brodeur recorded two shutouts against the Carolina Hurricanes and the Devils took the series in six games. After struggling to beat 7th-seeded Toronto in seven games, the Devils defeated the 6th-seeded Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, where Brodeur added two more shutouts, both on the road. In their second straight Stanley Cup finals appearance, the Devils played a back-and-forth series against the top seeded Colorado Avalanche,[44][45] and lost in seven games.[46]

Brodeur during pre-game warmups in March 2003

In the 2001–02 season, Brodeur finished among the league leaders in wins and GAA.[22] Brodeur continued to lead the league in victories and remained a Vezina and MVP candidate. The next season, in 2002–03, Brodeur won the Vezina Trophy for the first time.[47] He also won the Jennings Trophy again, was a Hart Memorial Trophy finalist for the league's Most Valuable Player, and was named a 1st Team All-Star and started in the All-Star Game. With one of the most impressive playoff performances of his career, Brodeur guided the Devils to their third Stanley Cup victory after seven-game series wins against the top-seeded Ottawa Senators and the 7th-seeded Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He posted 3 shutouts against Anaheim and had a playoff total of 7 overall,[48] breaking the NHL record of 6 that had been set by Dominik Hašek the previous year.[49] Despite this, the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP was awarded to Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère, who became the first player not on the championship team to be named playoff MVP since Ron Hextall of Philadelphia in 1987.[50] Some hockey writers speculated a New Jersey player did not win because there were multiple candidates, resulting in a split vote among the sportswriters who selected the winner.[51][52] In the 2003–04 season, Brodeur won his second consecutive Vezina Trophy and Jennings Trophy. He was a first Team All-Star,[22] a starter in the NHL All-Star Game,[53] and a finalist for the Hart Trophy again.[54] The Devils lost the Atlantic Division title by 1 point to the Philadelphia Flyers, who thus obtained the third seed and home ice advantage against the sixth-seeded Devils in the first round of the playoffs. This would be too much for Brodeur and the Devils to overcome, as the Flyers went on to defeat them in five games.[55]

The Brodeur Rule[edit]

The goaltender trapezoids behind each goal, added by the NHL before the 2005–06 season, were widely viewed as singling out Brodeur for his puck-handling skills.

After the 2004–05 lockout and before the start of the 2005–06 season, the league instituted a new rule preventing goaltenders from playing the puck behind the goal line, except within a trapezoid-shaped zone located behind the net. The trapezoid began at the goal line with angled lines six feet from each goal post and widened to 28 feet at the end boards.[56] Former Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke was one of the leaders in getting the trapezoid implemented. This was viewed by many as singling out Brodeur, who was one of the best at getting behind the net to handle the puck, and has come to be known as the "Brodeur Rule".[9][57]

At the 2009 NHL General Managers' Meeting, it was discussed whether the rule should be eliminated as a solution to the increasing number of injuries on defenseman who were being hit hard by forechecking forwards. The forecheckers were no longer impeded by defencemen holding them up because of the crackdown on interference, which created situations where defencemen were being hit at high speeds. Brodeur believed that revoking the trapezoid could result in more scoring and more exciting games. He explained, "If you give the liberty to the goalies to play the puck, they'll mess up more than they're successful." He also expressed his concern for defencemen, "It's a no-brainer if they want to start to eliminate these huge hits for the defencemen... Whenever my defencemen or somebody was getting a big hit, I felt guilty that I let that guy get hit like that. Now, I've got to sit and watch all the time... You've got to try to find something because so many guys are getting hurt." At the time of his statement, Devils defencemen Paul Martin, Johnny Oduya and Bryce Salvador were all out with injuries.[58]

Ultimately the suggestion was rejected and the rule stayed in place. Former Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said, "We had originally approved a rule where the goaltenders couldn't handle the puck behind the net at all. The game was turning into a tennis match. You'd dump it in and the goalie would throw it out and now with the soft chip into the corner it turns into a puck battle and a forecheck opportunity, which is what we wanted."[59]

2005–09[edit]

After the 2004–05 NHL lockout canceled the 2004–05 season, Brodeur signed a contract extension with the Devils on January 27, 2006, that would pay him $31.2 million over six years. In the 2005–06 season he posted 43 wins, adding onto his NHL records of what were now five 40-win seasons and ten consecutive 30-win seasons.[60] After struggling early in the season, his improved play later on made him a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the third straight year,[61] and helped lead the Devils to a surprising comeback in the last two months of the season that resulted in them winning the Atlantic Division in the final game of the year.[62] In the first round of the playoffs, he won a postseason series against the Rangers for the first time in his career, leading the Devils to a four-game sweep.[63] But a 4–1 series loss to the Carolina Hurricanes eliminated the Devils in the next round.[64]

In the 2006–07 season, Brodeur made his ninth NHL All-Star Game appearance in Dallas, Texas, won his third Vezina Trophy and rose on several NHL records lists. On December 8, 2006, he posted a 2–0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers for his 462nd career win, moving him into 2nd place on the all-time list ahead of Ed Belfour.[65] Just a few weeks later, on December 26, Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3–0 to record his 85th career shutout, moving him past Glenn Hall for 3rd place on that all-time list and 1st place among all active goalies.[66] On February 1, 2007, Brodeur beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6–5 in overtime to take the all-time lead in overtime (non-shootout) wins with 45, passing Roy.[67] The Devils' first 38 wins of the season were all with Brodeur in net, leading him to set a NHL record for most consecutive wins for a team.[68]

Brodeur readies himself for action during a game in 2008.

On April 3, 2007, Brodeur tied the NHL record for most wins in a single season with 47, set by Bernie Parent in 1973–74, in a 2–1 shootout victory against the Ottawa Senators.[69] Two days later, he broke the record with his 48th win in a 3–2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, which helped the Devils clinch the Atlantic Division title.[70]

In the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Brodeur started out shaky and the Devils fell behind two games to one.[71] He rebounded, however, to finish the series, and helped the team advance in six games, while passing Grant Fuhr for second place in all-time playoff victories.[71] In the second round against the Ottawa Senators, the Devils were defeated in five games as the Senators scored 15 goals during the series.[72]

In the 2007–08 season, Brodeur became the second goalie in NHL history to reach 500 wins with a victory against the Flyers on November 17, 2007. The only other goalie to achieve the feat is Roy.[73] Brodeur was also named the starting goalie for the Eastern Conference in the 2007–08 NHL All Star Game in Atlanta. However, he was unable to participate because of a family obligation.[74]

Sean Avery attempts to distract Brodeur during game 3 of the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After losing a bitter series against the rival Rangers in the opening round of the 2008 NHL playoffs, Brodeur refused to shake Sean Avery's hand. During game three of the series, in an unusual move, Avery turned to face Brodeur during a 5-on-3 power play, and began waving his hands and stick in front of Brodeur's face in an effort to distract him. The day after this game the NHL announced that it had revised its unsportsmanlike conduct rule, now known as The Sean Avery Rule, effectively outlawing such antics.[75]

Brodeur started wearing a new painted mask design for the 2008–09 NHL season with a stylized "MB30" on the front, replacing the "J" that had been on his mask for nearly his entire NHL career.[76] During a game on November 1, 2008, Brodeur suffered a "bruised elbow" which would later be diagnosed as a torn distal biceps tendon, the first major injury in his career. Following surgery on November 6, he would miss 16 weeks of the season before playing his next game on February 26, 2009. Upon returning from the injury, Brodeur registered a 4–0 shutout against the Colorado Avalanche for his 99th career shutout.[77] Three days later, he recorded his 100th career shutout against the Philadelphia Flyers, three short of Terry Sawchuk's NHL record.[78]

2009–14[edit]

Beginning in 2009, Brodeur broke a number of career records for goaltenders. He missed 50 games in the 2008–09 season, but a winning streak upon his return pushed him near the NHL's all-time win record.[79] On March 14, 2009, the Devils defeated the Canadiens 3–1 to give him the 551st win of his career, tying him with Roy for the NHL record.[80] Three days later, Brodeur surpassed Roy with a 3–2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in New Jersey.[79]

Brodeur topped another of Roy's previous marks on November 27, as he set the record for the most minutes played in the NHL, which had been 60,235.[81] His 1,030th career appearance, which happened on December 18, broke Roy's record of 1,029.[82] He also set the mark for the most regular-season shutouts with a 4–0 win against the Penguins on December 21, breaking Sawchuk's record of 103.[83] On December 30, 2009, Brodeur and the Devils shut out the Penguins, 2–0. It was his 105th career shutout, giving him the all-time professional record, surpassing George Hainsworth's total of 104 combined in the NHL (94) and Western Canada Hockey League (10).[84][85] On April 6, 2010, Brodeur reached his 600th career win by defeating the Thrashers 3–0. This was also his 110th career shutout.[86]

Brodeur playing in November 2011

In the 2009–10 NHL season, Brodeur led the NHL in wins (45), shutouts (9), games played (77) and minutes played (4,499). He also won his fifth Jennings Trophy and had the third-best GAA in the league, leading his team to back-to-back division wins that included a 6–0 regular-season sweep of the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. However, the Devils lost in the first round of the playoffs, losing to the seventh-seeded Flyers in five games. Brodeur had a 5–18–1 stretch to begin the 2010–11 season,[87] as New Jersey slumped to the bottom of the NHL.[88] Although the Devils improved in the second half of the season, they did not reach the playoffs;[89] Brodeur recorded 23 wins and a 2.45 GAA,[22] but had his lowest save percentage (.903) in 16 seasons.[89]

The Devils returned to the playoffs in the 2011–12 NHL season, as Brodeur recorded his 14th 30-win season. In Game 1 of the conference quarterfinals against the Panthers, Brodeur became only the second goaltender to record 100 playoff wins in a 3–2 Devils victory. In Game 4 with a 4–0 victory, Brodeur broke the NHL career playoff shutout record with his 24th, surpassing Roy, who had 23.[90] The Devils advanced by winning Game 7 in double overtime, after Brodeur had made 43 saves to keep his team in the contest.[91]

Following a second round series win over the Flyers, Brodeur and the Devils defeated the Rangers four games to two in the Eastern Conference finals.[91] New Jersey won the sixth game 3–2 on an overtime goal by Adam Henrique, leading to Brodeur's fifth Stanley Cup Finals appearance.[92] The Devils lost in the Finals to the Los Angeles Kings in six games. Brodeur was 14–10 in the postseason with a save percentage of .917, after winning 16 playoff games in the previous eight years.[91]

During the off-season of 2012, Brodeur hired agent Pat Brisson, leading many analysts to believe he would test free-agency or retire. However, on July 2, 2012, Brodeur agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to remain with the Devils, alongside backup goalie Johan Hedberg.[93] On March 21, 2013, in his first game back from a month-long absence due to a pinched nerve injury in his upper back, Brodeur was credited with a power play goal against the Carolina Hurricanes,[94] making him the only NHL goalie to record three career goals,[95] and the first goalie to score on the power play since Evgeni Nabokov in 2002.[94] Brodeur had a 13–9–7 record in his 29 appearance in 2012–13, with a 2.22 GAA.[22] The following season, he shared the Devils' starting goalie position with Cory Schneider, whose 45 games played were six more than Brodeur's total.[96] Brodeur's statistical performance declined, as his GAA increased to 2.51, more than half a goal higher than Schneider. In 39 games played, Brodeur had a .901 save percentage, lower than the league average.[97] Among his 19 wins in 2013–14 was a victory in the season finale against Boston, his 688th for New Jersey.[96] On June 6, 2014, Brodeur told ESPN he would test the free agency market for the 2014–15 season,[97] and his 21-year tenure with the Devils ended.[98]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

On November 26, 2014 Brodeur signed a tryout contract with the St. Louis Blues after their starting netminder, Brian Elliott, was injured.[99] A week later, on December 2, Brodeur signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Blues.[100]

On January 27, 2015, it was reported that Brodeur had decided to retire from the NHL.[17] The decision followed Elliott's return to the Blues, as Brodeur had been demoted to the team's number three goalie behind Elliott and Jake Allen. Brodeur announced the news at a press conference two days later.[101] He retired having started just five games with the Blues, going 3–3–0 in seven appearances.[22] His final NHL win was a 3–0 shutout against the Avalanche on December 29, 2014.[101]

Post-NHL career[edit]

Upon announcing his retirement, Brodeur was hired by the Blues as a special assistant to GM Doug Armstrong.[101] On May 22, 2015, Armstrong announced that Brodeur and the Blues had agreed to a three-year contract naming Brodeur as an assistant general manager of the team.[102]

On February 8, 2016, the New Jersey Devils unveiled a bronze statue of Brodeur which will be displayed outside the Prudential Center. The statue was formally dedicated on October 22, 2016 in a ceremony before the game against the Minnesota Wild.[103] The following evening, February 9, 2016, Brodeur's No. 30 jersey was retired by the Devils.[104][105]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Salt Lake City
Gold medal – first place 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1996 Austria
Silver medal – second place 2005 Austria

Brodeur was selected as Team Canada's back-up goalie to Roy for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but did not get to play. Canada failed to win a medal after losing the bronze-medal match to Finland, a game in which many people thought Brodeur should have played.[106]

In the 2002 Olympics at Salt Lake City, Utah, Brodeur was initially named the backup behind Curtis Joseph. But following Joseph's losing the tournament opener against Sweden, Brodeur was named the starting goaltender the rest of the way, and won gold for Canada.[107][108] He went undefeated in the tournament, stopping 31 of 33 shots in the gold-medal victory over Team USA.[109]

Brodeur then led Team Canada to a World Cup of Hockey championship in 2004, allowing only 5 goals in five games. He led all goalies in GAA and save percentage while going undefeated.[110] He had another impressive performance for the team at the world hockey championships in the following year. After this, The Sports Forecaster 2005–06 said the following:[5]

Brodeur is arguably the top goaltender in the world. Fresh off a World Cup win in 2004 and another strong performance at the 2005 IIHF World hockey championships. He's the game's best puck-handling goaltender, though the NHL's new rules changes may somewhat alter that effectiveness.

Brodeur was selected as Team Canada's starter in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.[111] He started in 4 games, but Canada failed to win a medal after losing to Russia in the quarterfinals.[109]

He was one of the three goalies on Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.[107] He registered a shootout win against Switzerland and a loss to the United States. After the loss to the US, he was benched for the remainder of the 2010 Games in favour of Roberto Luongo.[112]

Brodeur was selected to represent Canada in:

Personal life[edit]

Martin Brodeur before a game in Calgary during the 2011–2012 season

Brodeur married Melanie Dubois (a native of Saint-Liboire, Quebec) in August 1995 and has four children:[14] Anthony, born in 1995; twin sons, William and Jeremy, born in 1996; and Annabelle Antoinette, born in 2002. Melanie filed for divorce during the 2003 playoffs amid reports that Brodeur was having an affair with Genevieve Nault, the wife of Melanie's brother.[114] The incident was referred to by opposing fans during the playoffs.[115] The reports proved to be true, as he and Genevieve married in June 2008.[116] Their first child together, Maxime Philippe Brodeur, was born in November 2009.[117]

Brodeur is regarded as an engaging raconteur in his spare time.[14] He has hosted a street hockey tournament in his hometown of St. Leonard, Quebec, for each of the Devils' Stanley Cup championships, where he played as a forward. His oldest brother, Denis Jr., is a photographer like their father, and his other older brother, Claude, was a minor league baseball pitcher in the Montreal Expos' organization. He has two sisters, Line and Sylvie.[14]

In 2005, Brodeur began co-authoring his autobiography, Brodeur: Beyond the Crease, with long-time Toronto Star columnist and ESPN contributor Damien Cox, which was released in October 2006. Some of the things Brodeur talks about in the book are player salaries and contracts, NHL marketing, Lou Lamoriello, and the Devils' new arena in Newark, the Prudential Center. Brodeur also includes his views on the "new NHL" after the lockout, and how it affected his career.[118]

Brodeur co-owns a business called "La Pizzeria Etc." with former teammate Sheldon Souray. The idea came about after Souray was traded to play in Montreal, the city in which the business now operates.[119]

Brodeur was a resident of North Caldwell, New Jersey,[120] and currently resides in West Orange, New Jersey, near the Devils' former practice facility, South Mountain Arena. He became a naturalized United States citizen on December 1, 2009, but per IIHF rules would only be able to compete for Canada.[1]

On June 30, 2013, the Devils traded for the 208th pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and Brodeur was asked to make the announcement to select his son, Anthony. In August 2015, Anthony signed with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.[121]

Career statistics[edit]

Bolded numbers indicate league leader.

Italicized numbers indicate NHL records.

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1989–90 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser QMJHL 42 23 13 2 2333 156 0 4.01
1990–91 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser QMJHL 52 22 24 4 2946 162 2 3.30
1991–92 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser QMJHL 48 27 16 4 2846 161 2 3.39
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 4 2 1 0 179 10 0 3.35 .882
1992–93 Utica Devils AHL 32 14 13 5 1952 131 0 4.03 .884
1993–94 New Jersey Devils NHL 47 27 11 8 2625 105 3 2.40 .915
1994–95 New Jersey Devils NHL 40 19 11 6 2184 89 3 2.45 .902
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 34 30 12 4433 173 6 2.34 .911
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 67 37 14 13 3838 120 10 1.88 .927
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 70 43 17 8 4128 130 10 1.89 .917
1998–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 70 39 21 10 4239 162 4 2.29 .906
1999–00 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 43 20 8 4312 161 6 2.24 .910
2000–01 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 42 17 11 4297 166 9 2.32 .906
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 38 26 9 4347 156 4 2.15 .906
2002–03 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 41 23 9 4374 147 9 2.02 .914
2003–04 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 38 26 11 4555 154 11 2.03 .917
2004–05 New Jersey Devils NHL season not played due to lockout
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 43 23 7 4365 187 5 2.57 .911
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 48 23 7 4697 171 12 2.18 .922
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 44 27 6 4635 168 4 2.17 .920
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 31 19 9 3 1814 73 5 2.41 .916
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 45 25 6 4499 168 9 2.24 .916
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 56 23 26 3 3116 172 6 2.45 .903
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 59 31 21 4 3392 136 4 2.41 .908
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 29 13 9 7 1757 65 2 2.22 .901
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 39 19 14 6 2297 96 3 2.51 .901
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 3 3 0 356 17 1 2.87 .899
NHL totals 1266 691 397 105 49 74,438 2,781 125 2.24 .912
AHL totals 32 14 13 5 1952 131 0 4.03 .884
QMJHL totals 142 72 53 8125 479 4 3.54

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1989–90 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser QMJHL 12 5 7 678 46 0 4.07
1990–91 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser QMJHL 4 0 4 232 16 0 4.14
1991–92 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser QMJHL 5 2 3 317 14 0 2.65
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 1 32 3 0 5.62 .800
1992–93 Utica Devils AHL 4 1 3 258 18 0 4.18
1993–94 New Jersey Devils NHL 17 8 9 1171 38 1 1.95 .928
1994–95 New Jersey Devils NHL 20 16 4 1222 34 3 1.67 .927
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 10 5 5 659 19 2 1.73 .929
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 6 2 4 366 12 0 1.97 .927
1998–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 3 4 425 20 0 2.83 .856
1999–00 New Jersey Devils NHL 23 16 7 1450 39 2 1.61 .927
2000–01 New Jersey Devils NHL 25 15 10 1505 52 4 2.07 .897
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 6 2 4 381 9 1 1.42 .938
2002–03 New Jersey Devils NHL 24 16 8 1491 41 7 1.65 .934
2003–04 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 1 4 298 13 0 2.62 .902
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 9 5 4 473 20 1 2.25 .923
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 5 6 688 28 1 2.44 .916
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 1 4 300 16 0 3.19 .891
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 3 4 427 17 1 2.39 .929
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 1 4 299 15 0 3.01 .881
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 24 14 9 1471 52 1 2.12 .917
NHL totals 205 113 91 12,717 428 24 2.02 .919
AHL totals 4 1 3 258 18 0 4.18
QMJHL totals 21 7 14 1227 76 0 3.71

International[edit]

Bolded numbers indicate tournament leader.

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1996 Canada WC 3 0 1 1 140 8 0 3.43
1996 Canada WCH 2 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00
1998 Canada Oly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Canada Oly 5 4 0 1 300 9 0 1.80
2004 Canada WCH 5 5 0 0 300 5 1 1.00
2005 Canada WC 7 5 2 0 419 20 0 2.87
2006 Canada Oly 4 2 2 0 238 8 0 2.01
2010 Canada Oly 2 1 1 0 124 6 0 2.90
Senior int'l totals 29 17 7 2 1601 60 1 2.25

Sources:[22][106]

Legacy[edit]

During his NHL career, Brodeur set numerous league records. He ended his career with 691 wins, 140 more than Roy, who is second on the NHL's all-time list.[122] Brodeur extended his record shutout total to 125, 22 more than second-place Sawchuk.[123] After his final season, he had played in 1,266 regular season games, a total more than 200 above that of any other goalie.[124] In nine seasons, Brodeur was the NHL wins leader, and in five other seasons he was among the top five goalies in the category.[125] Brodeur's honors include three Vezina Trophy wins as the top goalie in the NHL, and the 1993–94 Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.[126] In postseason play, he had the most shutouts of any NHL goalie (24), and his 113 playoff wins ranks second all-time.[127]

Sportswriters and players have called Brodeur one of the greatest goalies in NHL history.[17][126][128] USA Today's Kevin Allen placed Brodeur in a group including Roy and Sawchuk as the leading NHL goalie, noting that Brodeur had the advantage in wins.[17] Writer Steve Politi noted Brodeur's longevity as an advantage on other top all-time goalies such as Roy; Brodeur played 70 or more games in 12 seasons, compared to 0 for Roy.[128] Sportsnet's Chris Boyle, after running a statistical analysis, placed Broduer eighth in his all-time goaltending list; he offered the rationale that Brodeur's teammates helped him achieve his major records, while goalies such as Roy and Hašek had superior stats in their best seasons.[129]

Brodeur is remembered for his playing style: writer Katie Strang called him "one of the most innovative [goalies] ever to play the game", due to his "superior puck-handling skills".[130] Scott Gomez, a former teammate of Brodeur in New Jersey, considered his goalie to be the equivalent of an extra defenceman. The Brodeur Rule, which his play helped inspire the league to institute starting in the 2005–06 season, remains in place.[126] His playing style proved uncommon among goalies of his era, as most of his competitors used a butterfly style exclusively.[8] Brodeur is considered a likely candidate for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame once he becomes eligible to appear on the ballot.[126]

Awards and honours[edit]

See also[edit]

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