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Meet the Devils #1: Martin Brodeur


Martin Brodeur has been the face of the franchise since its’ been relevant.  I find it fitting to honor him by making him my first player for my Meet the Devils piece.  I hope you enjoy my article on the greatest goaltender of all-time.  I invite you to continue reading my posts to truly become a part of Jersey’s team.

Bio

Martin Brodeur was born on May 6, 1972 (41 years old) in Montreal,QC, Canada.  According to his website, he was just like any other child and his father, Dennis, was a photographer for both the Expos and Canadiens.  He loved to play hockey and realized his true potential at the National U17 Hockey Festival in Calgary.  After performing well, his goal became to reach the NHL.  Martin’s dream was achieved when the Devils selected him 20th overall in the first round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.  All the teams that passed on him definitely regret it.  I’ll tell you exactly why in the paragraphs to follow.  Getting back to the life of Martin, he married  Genevieve Nault in the summer 2008.  He has five children: Anthony, William, Jeremy, Anabelle and Maxime Philippe.  He became a U.S. citizen on December 1, 2009 in Newark, NJ.  Keep reading to see the long list of achievements that Martin Brodeur has for his résumé.

Career Achievements and Awards

  • March 26, 1992- Plays in first NHL Game in a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins (spends the following season in AHL)
  • 1993-94 participates in his first NHL season (plays 47 games, wins 27, records a 2.40 GAA and 3 shutouts.  Wins R0okie of the Year(Calder Trophy)
  • 1995-wins lockout-shortened Stanley Cup, his first of 3 to come
  • 1996-participates in first NHL All-Star Game

Overall Award List

  • 1994-Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year
  • 1994- NHL Rookie All-Star Team
  • 2003, 2004 and 2007-First-Team All-NHL
  • 1997, 1998, 2006 and 2008-Second-Team All-NHL
  • 1995, 2000 and 2003- Three time Stanley Cup Champion
  • 2002, 2010- Olympic Games Gold Medal Winner
  • 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008- 10 time NHL All-Star
  • 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2010- Williams M. Jennings Trophy winner as the goalkeeper with the least number of goals scores against during the regular season
  • 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008- Vezina Trophy winner as the best goalkeeper in the NHL

Records

Get your reading glasses on, this list will be lengthy! (List in unofficial, as numbers vary since he is still active)

  • Minutes Played in a Single Season- 4,697 (2006-07)
  • Most Wins in a Single Season- 48 (2006-07)
  • Most Consecutive 30 win Seasons- 12
  • Most Consecutive 35 win Seasons- 11
  • Most 40 win Seasons- 8
  • Most Consecutive 40 win Seasons- 3
  • Most All-Time OT Wins- 52
  • Most All-Time Shootout Winners- 26
  • Most Shootout Shots Against in a Single Season- 60(2006-07)
  • Most All-Time Shootout Shots Against- 141
  • Most Consecutive Postseason Starts- 158
  • Best Postseason GAA All-Time- 1.96
  • Most Shutouts in a Postseason Series (tie)- 3 (2003 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Anaheim)
  • Most Shutouts in a Postseason- 7 (2002-03)
  • Most Combined Shutouts (Regular & Postseason)- 119, 24
  • Only NHL Goaltender to Score a GWG
  • One of Only Two NHL Goalies to Score a Goal in both the Regular Season and Postseason
  • Most All-Time Wins- 656
  • Most Regular Season Shutouts- 119
  • Most Games Played All-Time by a Goaltender- Still advancing
  • Most 30-win seasons – 13
  • Most Minutes All-Time- Still advancing
  • Most Postseason Shutouts- 24

Final Thoughts

As I said earlier my records were unofficial for one reason, he’s still playing.  At 41 years old he remains one of the best goalies in the league.  If you had to describe Martin Brodeur’s style in one word, you couldn’t.  The way he plays is so enticing.  He has arguably the greatest stick for a goaltender,  not to mention his hybrid style mixed with the impossible saves he pulls out.  The only thing I know is that I have been honored enough to watch him.  We should cherish watching the Devils this year with Jagr and Brodeur both 41.  With his name now mentioned I want to announce the next Meet the Devil- Number 68 Jaromir Jagr.

Devils Devil Fact #1 Answer- The 3 all won 3 Stanley Cups with Devils

Devils Daily Fact #2

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