55 Facts About Martin Brodeur


Martin Pierre Brodeur is a Canadian-American former professional ice hockey goaltender and current team executive.

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Martin Brodeur played 22 seasons in the National Hockey League, 21 of them for the New Jersey Devils, with whom he won three Stanley Cup championships and five Eastern Conference championships in 17 postseason campaigns.

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Martin Brodeur 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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Martin Brodeur is widely regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time.

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Martin Brodeur holds numerous NHL and franchise records among goaltenders; he ranks as the league's all-time regular season leader in wins, losses, shutouts, and games played .

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Martin Brodeur is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, a five-time William M Jennings Trophy winner, a ten-time NHL All-Star, and a Calder Memorial Trophy winner.

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Martin Brodeur is one of only 12 NHL goaltenders to score a goal in the regular season and only the second to do so in the playoffs; his three goals are the most of any NHL goaltender.

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Martin Brodeur used a hybrid style of goaltending by standing up more than typical butterfly style goaltenders, though he adapted to more modern techniques at the latter stage of his career.

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Martin Brodeur was known for his puck handling, his positional play, and his reflexes, especially with his glove hand.

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Martin Brodeur is the current executive vice president of business development for the Devils.

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Martin Brodeur is one of five children of Denis and Mireille Brodeur.

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When he was 12 years old, Martin Brodeur briefly intended to stop playing hockey, after he had been removed from his team's lineup for not showing up at a game.

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When receiving goaltending instructions in his teens, Martin 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.

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Martin Brodeur was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

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Martin Brodeur spent the following season with the Utica Devils of the American Hockey League .

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Martin Brodeur 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.

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Martin Brodeur won a Stanley Cup in only his second full season in the NHL.

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Martin Brodeur played in 74 of his team's 82 games, setting a single-season record for most minutes played by a goaltender, while having the second-most shutouts in the league.

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Martin Brodeur was named the starter in the All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference and stopped all 12 shots he faced.

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Martin Brodeur finished fourth in voting for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the league's top goaltender.

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Martin Brodeur played on Team Canada during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where Canada lost to the United States in the gold medal finals.

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Martin Brodeur was runner-up for the Vezina Trophy, was named to the All-Star team, and had the lowest goals against average by a goaltender in almost 30 years, earning him the Jennings Trophy.

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Once again, Martin Brodeur made the All-Star Team, finished as a runner-up for the Vezina Trophy, and won the Jennings Trophy.

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Martin Brodeur was among the contenders for the Vezina Trophy and started in the All-Star game, making his fourth appearance.

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Season, Martin 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.

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Martin Brodeur helped the Devils sweep the Florida Panthers in the first round, giving up only six goals in four games.

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Martin Brodeur played in the All-Star Game for the sixth consecutive season, and helped the Devils earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Martin Brodeur continued to lead the league in victories and remained a Vezina and MVP candidate.

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Martin Brodeur won the Jennings Trophy again, was a Hart Memorial Trophy finalist for the league's Most Valuable Player, and was named a First Team All-Star and started in the All-Star Game.

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Martin Brodeur posted 3 shutouts against Anaheim and had a playoff total of 7 overall, breaking the NHL record of 6 that had been set by Dominik Hasek the previous year.

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Martin Brodeur was a first Team All-Star, a starter in the NHL All-Star Game, and a finalist for the Hart Trophy again.

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Martin Brodeur rebounded to finish the series, and helped the team advance in six games, while passing Grant Fuhr for second place in all-time playoff victories.

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The decision followed Elliott's return to the Blues, as Martin Brodeur had been demoted to the team's number-three goaltender behind Elliott and Jake Allen.

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Martin Brodeur announced the news at a press conference two days later.

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Martin Brodeur was selected as Team Canada's back-up goaltender to Roy for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but did not get to play.

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Martin Brodeur went undefeated in the tournament, stopping 31 of 33 shots in the gold-medal victory over Team USA.

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Martin Brodeur then led Team Canada to a World Cup of Hockey championship in 2004, allowing only five goals in five games.

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Martin Brodeur led all goaltenders in GAA and save percentage while going undefeated.

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Martin Brodeur had another impressive performance for the team at the world hockey championships in the following year.

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Martin Brodeur was selected as Team Canada's starter in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

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Martin Brodeur started in 4 games, but Canada failed to win a medal after losing to Russia in the quarterfinals.

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Martin Brodeur was one of the three goaltenders on Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Martin Brodeur registered a shootout win against Switzerland and a loss to the United States.

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Martin Brodeur married Melanie Dubois in August 1995 with whom he has four children: Anthony, born in 1995; twin sons, William and Jeremy, born in 1996; and Anabelle Antoinette, 2002.

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Melanie filed for divorce during the 2003 playoffs amid reports that Martin Brodeur was having an affair with Genevieve Nault, the wife of Melanie's brother.

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Martin Brodeur is regarded as an engaging raconteur in his spare time.

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Martin Brodeur has hosted a street hockey tournament in his hometown of Saint-Leonard, Quebec, for each of the Devils' Stanley Cup championships, where he played as a forward.

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In 2005, Martin Brodeur began co-authoring his autobiography, Martin Brodeur: Beyond the Crease, with long-time Toronto Star columnist and ESPN contributor Damien Cox, which was released in October 2006.

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Martin Brodeur includes his views on the "new NHL" after the lockout, and how it affected his career.

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Fans picked Martin Brodeur to appear on the cover of the video game NHL 14, choosing him in a series of votes that included 60 players.

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Martin Brodeur was the first goaltender to have his image on the cover since John Vanbiesbrouck on NHL 97.

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Martin Brodeur ended his career with 691 wins, 140 more than Roy, who is second on the NHL's all-time list.

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In nine seasons, Martin Brodeur was the NHL wins leader, and in five other seasons he was among the top five goaltenders in the category.

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Martin 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".

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Martin Brodeur's playing style proved uncommon among goaltenders of his era, as most of his competitors used a butterfly style exclusively.

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