Martin Brodeur
Ice hockey player
Martin Brodeur
Martin Pierre Brodeur is a Canadian-American ice hockey goaltender who has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the New Jersey Devils. In his 21-year tenure with the Devils, he has won three Stanley Cup championships and has been in the playoffs every year but two. Brodeur has 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.
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Blackhawks backup Scott Darling ready for next step: No. 1 goaltending job
Chicago Times - about 2 months
His goaltending coach with the Blackhawks describes him as a "hockey nerd," so it's no surprise an early highlight of Scott Darling's Winter Classic experience was a brief encounter with arguably the greatest goalie of all time. "I made eye contact with Martin Brodeur, which was cool," Darling...
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Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 Is Raised to Rafters as Devils Honor 3-Time Cup Champion
NYTimes - about 1 year
The Devils honored their longtime goalie with a pregame ceremony that drew Lou Lamoriello, who devised the system that let Brodeur flourish.
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N.H.L. This Week: Devils Continue Martin Brodeur Week
NYTimes - about 1 year
A statue of Brodeur was unveiled at Prudential Center in Newark on Monday. On Tuesday, he will become the fourth Devil to have his number retired.
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Fan’s Statue Will Honor Martin Brodeur, Foundation of Devils’ Glory Years
NYTimes - about 1 year
A California artist who grew up attending Devils games with his father is producing a sculpture of the team’s longtime goaltender that is to be installed at Prudential Center in February.
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Devils Will Retire Martin Brodeur’s Jersey and Erect a Statue of Him
NYTimes - over 1 year
The team will honor Brodeur, the N.H.L.’s career leader in wins and regular-season shutouts, before a Feb. 9 game against the Oilers at Prudential Center.
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N.H.L. Coaches Face Algebra Problem of What’s Too Often for a Goalie
NYTimes - over 1 year
Goaltenders typically want to play as many games as they can, and some of the best, like Martin Brodeur and Grant Fuhr, have exceeded 70 in a season while remaining effective in the playoffs.
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Olympic ice hockey hero Brodeur hangs up pads
Yahoo News - about 2 years
National Hockey League goalie Martin Brodeur, who backstopped Canada to Olympic gold medals and the New Jersey Devils to Stanley Cups titles, announced his retirement. The 42-year-old from Montreal ended his brilliant 21-year National Hockey League career after playing in just seven games this season with the St. Louis Blues. He has accepted a front office job with the Blues. "This [front office job] is a great opportunity for me to start something new and I am really excited," he said.
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Martin Brodeur Retires With Most Wins and ‘a Smile’
NYTimes - about 2 years
Brodeur, the longtime face of the Devils, said he was leaving hockey “with a smile on my face” and would become an adviser to St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong.
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Martin Brodeur Is Set to Retire, but He Will Stay With Blues
NYTimes - about 2 years
Brodeur, who won three Stanley Cups with the Devils, will announce his retirement Thursday. St. Louis said he would stay with the organization in a management role.
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Brodeur to retire, will join Blues' front office
Yahoo News - about 2 years
(Reuters) - Future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur, the National Hockey League's all-time leader in wins and shutouts, will announce his retirement on Thursday, the St. Louis Blues said on Tuesday. The 42-year-old Canadian, who signed with St. Louis last month after spending the first 21 years of his NHL career with the New Jersey Devils, will remain with the organization in a management role, the team said in a statement. Brodeur will formally announce his retirement from the NHL at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. CST (1630 GMT) on Thursday. Brodeur, who was selected in the first round of the 1990 NHL Draft, led New Jersey to three Stanley Cup championships and retires as the league leader in wins (691) and shutouts (125).
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Future Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Brodeur and Jagr Speak in the Bronx
Bronx News - about 3 years
Future Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Brodeur and Jagr Speak in the Bronx (Facebook Photo) By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 27- The players of the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils had their practice sessions on the recently constructed ice rink on the field of Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Although the result of the regular season game on Sunday is important to both teams in the tightly contested Metropolitan Division of the NHL, the seriousness of the practice was tempered by the pleasure of the presence of so many family members on the ice with the players of each team. After the Devils’ practice concluded, two special players, Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur, were invited to the Interview room in the Yankee Stadium basement for a mass press interview. Although each was born in a different part of the world, Jagr in Kladno, Czechoslovakia, then a part of the Communist world, and Brodeur in Montreal Canada, they have much in common.  Each was ...
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Martin Brodeur pulled after two periods
USA Today - about 3 years
Devils goaltender replaced by Cory Schneider after rough second period
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Martin Brodeur to start at Yankee Stadium game
USA Today - about 3 years
Coach Peter DeBoer calls it in an easy decision and the right thing to do
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Martin Brodeur
  • 2016
    Age 43
    The following evening, February 9, 2016, Brodeur's No. 30 jersey was retired by the New Jersey Devils.
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    On February 8, 2016, the New Jersey Devils unveiled a bronze statue of Brodeur which will be displayed outside the Prudential Center.
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  • 2015
    Age 42
    Upon announcing his retirement, Brodeur was hired by the Blues as a special assistant to GM Doug Armstrong. 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.
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    On January 27, 2015, it was reported that Brodeur had decided to retire from the NHL.
    More Details Hide Details Brodeur announced the news at a press conference two days later. He retired having started just six games with the Blues, going 3-3-0.
  • 2014
    Age 41
    On November 26, 2014 Brodeur signed a tryout contract with the St. Louis Blues after their starting netminder, Brian Elliott, was injured.
    More Details Hide Details A week later, on December 2, Brodeur signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Blues.
    On June 7, 2014, Brodeur told ESPN he would test the free agency market for the 2014–15 season, ending his 21-year tenure with the Devils.
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  • 2013
    Age 40
    On June 28, 2013, EA revealed that Brodeur had been selected as the cover athlete for NHL 14.
    More Details Hide Details On December 14, 2013, Brodeur posted his 124th career shutout in the regular season with a 33-save 3–0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. In over 16 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Brodeur holds several notable NHL records as listed below. Most of these records Brodeur has broken were held by goalies who have played at least a full 20-year career. NHL records as of December 29, 2014 These statistics are accurate as of the end of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Brodeur is second all-time in playoff games played (to Patrick Roy's 247), playoff wins (to Roy's 151), games played in a single regular season (to Grant Fuhr's 79 in the season), and eighth all-time in goals-against average (minimum 250 NHL games played). Brodeur also acquired more than 30 franchise records, including most all-time regular season and playoff wins, shutouts, lowest goals-against-average, and is second in games played (1205) as a Devil to Ken Daneyko's 1283 games. The only major awards he was eligible to win but never did are the Hart Memorial Trophy, given to the regular season's most valuable player, and the Conn Smythe Trophy, granted annually to the most outstanding player in the postseason.
    On June 28, 2013, it was announced that Brodeur would be the cover athlete for EA's NHL 14 video game.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated finalist Sergei Bobrovsky in an online vote.
    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, making him the only NHL goalie to record three career goals, and the second goalie to have scored on the power play (Evgeni Nabokov was the first).
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  • 2012
    Age 39
    However, on July 2, 2012, Brodeur agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to remain with the Devils, alongside backup goalie Johan Hedberg.
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    During the off-season of 2012, Brodeur hired agent Pat Brisson leading many to believe he would test free-agency or retire.
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    On May 25, 2012, Brodeur and the Devils defeated the New York Rangers 3–2 on an overtime goal by Adam Henrique, leading to Brodeur's fifth Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
    More Details Hide Details The Devils lost in the Finals to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.
  • 2011
    Age 38
    The Devils returned to the playoffs in the 2011–12 NHL season, as Brodeur recorded his 14th 30-win season.
    More Details Hide Details In Game 1 of the conference quarterfinals against the Florida 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 Patrick Roy, who had 23.
  • 2010
    Age 37
    Brodeur went on to record 23 wins during the 2010–11 NHL season, which saw the Devils slump during the first half of the season, only to miss the playoffs narrowly after a hot winning streak during the season's latter half.
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  • 2009
    Age 36
    In the 2009–10 NHL season, Brodeur led the NHL in wins (45), shutouts (9), games played (77) and minutes played (4,499).
    More Details Hide Details 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 Pittsburgh Penguins. However, the Devils lost in the first round of the playoffs, losing to the seventh-seeded team Philadelphia Flyers in five games.
    On December 30, 2009, Brodeur and the Devils shut out the Penguins, 2–0.
    More Details Hide Details 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). On April 6, 2010, Brodeur reached his 600th career win by defeating the Thrashers 3–0. This was also his 110th career shutout.
    Beginning in 2009, Brodeur broke a number of career records for goaltenders, including:
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    Following surgery on November 6, he would miss 16 weeks of the season before playing his next game on February 26, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Upon returning from the injury, Brodeur registered a 4–0 shutout against the Colorado Avalanche for his 99th career shutout. Three days later, he recorded his 100th career shutout against the Philadelphia Flyers, three short of Terry Sawchuk's NHL record.
  • 2008
    Age 35
    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.
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    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 his entire NHL career.
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    The reports proved to be true, as he and Genevieve married in June 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Their first child together, Maxime Philippe Brodeur, was born in November 2009. Brodeur is regarded as an engaging raconteur in his spare time. He has hosted a street hockey tournament in his hometown of St. Leonard, Quebec, for each of the Devils' Stanley Cup championships, where he plays his childhood position of forward. His oldest brother, Denis Jr., is a photographer like their father, and his other older brother, Claude, was a pitcher in the Montreal Expos' farm system. He has two sisters, Line and Sylvie. 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 affects his career. The book's photographs were shot by Brodeur's late father, Denis.
    After losing a bitter series against the rival New York Rangers in the opening round of the 2008 NHL playoffs, Brodeur refused to shake Sean Avery's hand.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2007
    Age 34
    Brodeur was also named the starting goalie for the Eastern Conference in the 2007–08 NHL All Star Game in Atlanta.
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    In the 2007–08 season, Brodeur became the second goalie in NHL history to reach 500 wins with a victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 17, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The only other goalie to achieve the feat is Patrick Roy.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 their seventh Atlantic Division title and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. In the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the seventh-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning, Brodeur started out shaky and the Devils fell behind two-games-to-one. 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. In the second round against the Ottawa Senators, Brodeur could not continue his stellar play and allowed 15 goals in only five games en route to a 4–1 series defeat to the Senators.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2006
    Age 33
    Brodeur was selected as Team Canada's starter in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details He started in 4 of 6 games, but Canada failed to win a medal after losing to Russia in the quarterfinals. He was one of the three goalies on Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. 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. Brodeur was selected to represent Canada in:
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 32
    In the 2005–06 season he posted 43 wins, adding onto his NHL records of what was now five 40-win seasons and ten consecutive 30-win seasons.
    More Details Hide Details After struggling early in the season, his impressive play later on made him a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the third straight year, 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. In the first round of the playoffs, he beat the Rangers for the first time in his career, leading the Devils to a four-game sweep. But a 4–1 series loss to the Carolina Hurricanes eliminated the Devils in the next round.
  • 2004
    Age 31
    His 400th victory was on March 23, 2004, at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Florida, as the Devils defeated the hometown Florida Panthers.
    More Details Hide Details Brodeur stopped twenty-one shots, and needed to work overtime to get the win. With the victory he also became the first goaltender to win 400 games playing every game for the same team. Brodeur reached the 500 win plateau on November 17, 2007, against the Philadelphia Flyers, with a 6–2 win. On March 15, 2008, he earned his seventh 40-win season of his career, the most of any goaltender in NHL history. On April 6, 2010, Brodeur reached 600 wins with a 3–0 shutout over the Atlanta Thrashers. On April 5, 2012, in a 2–1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, he reached his 14th 30-win season, again the most of any NHL goaltender. On March 14, 2009, Brodeur recorded his 551st career win against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre to tie Patrick Roy for the most in NHL history in his hometown and where Roy played the first half of his career. To acknowledge their fellow countryman, the crowd of Canadiens fans chanted Brodeur's name at the end of the game and gave him a standing ovation. Brodeur's father Denis was at the game taking pictures. Three nights later, in a 3–2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, Brodeur became the all-time NHL leader in regular season wins by a goaltender with 552.
    Brodeur then led Team Canada to a World Cup of Hockey championship in 2004, allowing only 5 goals in five games.
    More Details Hide Details He led all goalies in GAA and save percentage while going undefeated. 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:
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The incident added some fuel to the fire for hecklers during the playoffs.
    In the 2003–04 season, Brodeur won his second consecutive Vezina Trophy and Jennings trophy.
    More Details Hide Details He was also a first Team All-Star, a starter in the NHL All-Star Game, and a finalist for the Hart Trophy again. 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. 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 begins at the goal line with angled lines six feet from each goal post and widens to 28 feet at the end boards. 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".
  • 2002
    Age 29
    The next season, in 2002–03, Brodeur finally achieved what had been eluding him his whole career: the Vezina Trophy.
    More Details Hide Details 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 dramatic seven-game series wins against the top-seeded Ottawa Senators and the surprising 7th-seeded Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He posted 3 shutouts against Anaheim and had a playoff total of 7 overall, breaking Dominik Hašek's NHL record of 6 (Hašek had recorded his 6 shutouts for Detroit the previous year). 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. 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.
  • 2001
    Age 28
    In the 2001–02 season, Brodeur finished among the league leaders in wins and GAA.
    More Details Hide Details Brodeur continued to lead the league in victories and remained a Vezina and MVP candidate.
  • 1999
    Age 26
    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 Philadelphia Flyers accidentally put the puck into his own empty net during a delayed penalty call against the Devils.
    More Details Hide Details Brodeur had previously tapped the puck behind his net, stopping an attempted wrap-around by a Philadelphia Flyer. 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 Philadelphia Flyers by two points. 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 commanding 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 the surprising come from behind 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.
  • 1998
    Age 25
    Brodeur was selected as Team Canada's back-up goalie to Patrick Roy for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but did not get to play.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. He had the best GAA in the tournament and went undefeated, stopping 31 of 33 shots in the gold-medal victory over Team USA.
    In the 1998–99 season, the Devils finished first in the Eastern Conference for the third straight year, with Brodeur winning 39 games.
    More Details Hide Details 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 the worst playoff performance in Brodeur's five-year career, as he allowed 20 goals in seven games with an .856 save percentage.
  • 1997
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender had scored in the playoffs, and the fifth time overall. The Devils went on to win that series, but lost in the second round to the rival New York Rangers. The following year, Brodeur had 43 wins and 10 shutouts in the regular season. The Devils finished first in the Eastern Conference, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators. Once again, Brodeur made the All-Star Team, finished as a runner-up for the Vezina Trophy, and won the Jennings Trophy.
  • 1996
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1995
    Age 22
    Brodeur married Melanie Dubois (a native of Saint-Liboire, Quebec) in August 1995 and has four children: Anthony, born in 1995; twin sons, William and Jeremy, born in 1996; and Annabelle Antoinette, born in 2002.
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  • 1993
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. He finished 2nd in goals against average (GAA) (2.40) and 4th in save percentage (.915) in 47 games played during the regular season, helping him eventually land the starting job over Terreri. 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. With the leadership of Brodeur, they defeated the Boston Bruins in the 1st round, shutting them out in three of their four wins. In the second round against Pittsburgh, Brodeur gave up only nine goals and helped the Devils defeat the Penguins in five games. In the third round, the Devils defeated Philadelphia in six games, giving them their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history, 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 while holding them to only seven goals in four games. Brodeur won a Stanley Cup in only his second full season in the NHL. After the victory, he was quoted as saying:
  • 1991
    Age 18
    In the 1991–92 NHL season, Brodeur spent most of his time with the Utica Devils of the AHL, but was called up to the NHL on an emergency basis for four games when New Jersey's goaltenders Chris Terreri and Craig Billington became injured.
    More Details Hide Details Brodeur won his NHL debut against the Boston Bruins, 4–2, and played in one playoff game that season. Brodeur spent the following season in the AHL with Utica.
  • 1990
    Age 17
    Brodeur was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (20th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.
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  • 1989
    Age 16
    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.
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    In the 1989–90 season, he made it to the Quebec Major Junior League.
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  • 1972
    Martin Brodeur was born on May 6, 1972, in Montreal.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of five children of Denis and Mireille Brodeur. Denis played in the 1956 Olympics for Team Canada and won a bronze medal. 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. 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: 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; Brodeuer believes that the concept made him "a student of the game." Brodeur's play in goal was soon noticed by fans and scouts.
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