Richard Brodeur

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Richard Brodeur
Born (1952-09-15) September 15, 1952 (age 64)
Longueuil, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques (WHA)
New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
Hartford Whalers
NHL Draft 97th overall, 1972
New York Islanders
Playing career 1972–1988

Richard "King Richard", "Kermit" Brodeur[1] (born September 15, 1952), is a Canadian retired ice hockey goaltender. Brodeur was born in Longueuil, Quebec, but grew up in Montreal, Quebec.

Playing career[edit]

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, the Islanders reclaimed his rights. 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.

He is also remembered for being the goaltender that Wayne Gretzky scored the most on, 29 times in the NHL.[2]

Awards[edit]

  • 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[3]

Personal life[edit]

Richard is an artist, using oil on canvas, and has had several shows at Diskin Galleries in Vancouver.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1970–71 Verdun Maple Leafs QJHL 6 1 4 1 360 47 0 7.83 .813
1970–71 Cornwall Royals QJHL 35 2100 144 0 4.11 .879
1971–72 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 58 3481 170 5 2.93 .914
1972–73 Quebec Nordiques WHA 24 5 14 2 1288 102 0 4.75 .861
1973–74 Quebec Nordiques WHA 30 15 12 1 1607 89 1 3.32 .901
1973–74 Maine Nordiques NAHL 16 10 5 1 927 47 0 3.04
1974–75 Quebec Nordiques WHA 51 29 21 0 2938 188 0 3.90 .892
1975–76 Quebec Nordiques WHA 69 44 21 2 3967 244 2 3.69 .890
1976–77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 53 29 18 2 2906 167 2 3.45 .880
1977–78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 36 18 15 2 1962 121 0 3.70 .892
1978–79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 42 25 13 3 2433 126 3 3.11 .901
1979–80 New York Islanders NHL 2 1 0 0 80 6 0 4.50 .829
1979–80 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 46 22 19 5 2722 131 4 2.88
1980–81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 17 18 16 3024 177 0 3.51 .884
1981–82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 20 18 12 3010 168 2 3.35 .891
1982–83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 58 21 26 8 3291 208 0 3.79 .873
1983–84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 36 10 21 5 2110 141 1 4.01 .868
1984–85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 16 27 6 2930 228 0 4.67 .855
1984–85 Fredericton Express AHL 4 3 0 1 249 13 0 3.13 .898
1985–86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 19 32 8 3541 240 2 4.07 .861
1986–87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 20 25 5 2972 178 1 3.59 .872
1987–88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 3 6 2 668 49 0 4.40 .859
1987–88 Fredericton Express AHL 2 0 1 0 99 8 0 4.85 .862
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 6 4 2 0 339 15 0 2.65 .894
1988–89 Binghamton Whalers AHL 6 1 2 0 222 21 0 5.68 .824
WHA totals 305 165 114 12 17,101 1037 8 3.64 .889
NHL totals 385 131 175 62 21,966 1410 6 3.85 .872

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1971–72 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 16 12 3 1 960 44 0 2.75 .922
1971–72 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 3 2 1 179 4 1 1.34
1974–75 Quebec Nordiques WHA 15 8 7 906 48 1 3.18 .913
1975–76 Quebec Nordiques WHA 5 1 4 299 22 0 4.41
1976–77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 17 12 5 1007 55 1 3.28 .882
1977–78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 11 5 5 622 38 1 3.67
1978–79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 3 0 2 114 14 0 7.37
1979–80 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 6 3 3 357 12 1 2.02
1980–81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 3 185 13 0 4.22 .852
1981–82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 11 6 1089 49 0 2.70 .917
1982–83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 3 193 13 0 4.04 .849
1983–84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 4 1 3 222 12 1 3.24 .896
1985–86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 2 120 12 0 6.00 .848
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 4 1 3 199 12 0 3.62 .862
WHA totals 51 26 23 2948 177 3 3.60
NHL totals 33 13 30 2008 111 1 3.32 .894

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Spokesman-Review - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Kreiser, John (26 January 2011). "A look at 'The Great One' by the numbers". Edmonton Oilers - Features. NHL.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "WHA Hall of Fame Members". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Richard [Brodeur]". Diskin Galleries. May 9, 2006. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Doug Grant
and Terry Richardson
Winner of the Terry Sawchuk Trophy
with Jim Park

1979–80
Succeeded by
Paul Harrison
and Ken Ellacott