Born on May 6, 1972, in Montreal, Canada, hockey goaltender Martin Brodeur was selected by the NHL's New Jersey Devils in the 1990 draft. He went on to win three Stanley Cup championships and numerous awards for New Jersey, and inspired an NHL rule change that limited the space a goalie was allowed to cover. In 2009, the veteran All-Star established career records for wins and shutouts.
Early Life
NHL goalie Martin Pierre Brodeur was born on May 6, 1972, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His father, Denis, was a goaltender for the 1956 bronze medal-winning Canadian ice hockey team before becoming a renowned sports photographer, and young Brodeur proved a promising goalie in his own right. After starring at the midget level in his hometown, Marty joined the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser in the Quebec Major League in 1989. In 1990, the New Jersey Devils made him the 20th overall pick in the National Hockey League draft.
NHL Career
Brodeur appeared briefly in the NHL in 1992 before emerging as one of its top young players in 1993-94, winning the Calder Trophy as the Rookie of the Year and helping the Devils reach the Eastern Conference Finals in the playoffs. The following season, he anchored the team's run to the Stanley Cup championship, allowing just seven goals in the Devils' four-game sweep of the Detroit Red Wings. Brodeur soon cemented his place among the elite players in the NHL. In 1996, he earned his first of 10 All-Star selections and won his first of five Jennings Trophies for helping the Devils surrender the fewest goals in the league. With his aggressive defensive techniques, Brodeur led the Devils to the Stanley Cup title again in 2000. In 2002, he claimed an Olympic gold medal with the Canadian hockey team, making the Brodeurs the first father-son goaltending combination with Olympic medals. The following year, he was awarded his first of four Vezina Trophies as the league's top goalie, and won his third Stanley Cup.
1 Calder Trophy for rookie-of-the-year
2 Olympic Gold Medals
3 Stanley Cups
4 Vezina Trophies
8 forty-win seasons
9 shutouts this year
23 most post-season shutouts
30 is the number on his back
110 most regular season shutouts and counting
600 career wins and counting
1073 most games played, all time
4320 minutes played this season
63,340 Most minutes played, all time