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September 15, 1952 |
Longueuil, QC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Quebec Nordiques (WHA)
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||97th overall, 1972
New York Islanders
Originally selected in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders, Brodeur chose to begin his professional career in the World Hockey Association with the Quebec Nordiques. For seven seasons, he played with the Nordiques, with the 1975–76 season being his best playing 69 games and winning 44. During the 1976–77 season, his goaltending helped guide the Nordiques to the Avco World Trophy.
When the WHA folded following the 1978–79 season he was protected as one of the Nordiques Priority selections, then was traded to the Islanders for Goran Hogosta. However, he only played two games for them as he was the third goalie behind Billy Smith and Chico Resch, and was traded to the Vancouver Canucks prior to the 1980–81 NHL season. In his second season with the Canucks, he guided the team during their improbable playoff run to the finals, eventually losing to Brodeur's old team, the Islanders. Following the Canucks' 6-5 overtime loss in Game 1, Brodeur swatted with his catching mitt at a cameraman who was stationed along the runway between the bench and the dressing room.
Brodeur was selected to play in the 1983 All-Star Game, but couldn't play due to an ear injury suffered in Toronto three days before the game. He remained with the Canucks for almost eight seasons until he was traded near the end of the 1987–88 NHL season to Hartford, where he ended his NHL career. At the time of his retirement, Brodeur was the last active NHL player from the WHA's inaugural season, and the last to have played in all 7 seasons of the WHA's existence.
After his retirement, he founded his own hockey school in the Vancouver area. He also briefly worked as an analyst on Quebec Nordiques French TV telecasts.
- Terry Sawchuk Award (CHL) - 1979-1980
- Named to the NHL All-Star Game - 1983
- Cyclone Taylor Award (Vancouver Canucks) - 1981, 1982, 1985
- Molson Cup (Most Canucks three-star selections) - 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86
- Inaugural inductee into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame - 2010
Richard is an artist, using oil on canvas, and has had several shows at Diskin Galleries in Vancouver.
|1970–71||Verdun Maple Leafs||QJHL||6||1||4||1||360||47||0||7.83||.813||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||New York Islanders||NHL||2||1||0||0||80||6||0||4.50||.829||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- King Richard Brodeur's Hockey School
and Terry Richardson
|Winner of the Terry Sawchuk Trophy
with Jim Park
and Ken Ellacott