After perhaps the most illustrious goaltending career in NHL, if not all hockey, history, Martin Brodeur has announced that he will retire from the game after 22 seasons, after limited playing time this season for the St. Louis Blues. Brodeur will join the Blues’ front office to finish his contract before considering a return to the New Jersey Devils, the club he spent all but seven games of his brilliant career with.
Brodeur finishes his run holding a number of NHL records for goaltenders, including most wins (691), shutouts (125), games (1,266) and saves (28,928). Brodeur also won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie four times, the Jennings Trophy for top save percentage five times, was Rookie of the Year in 1994, and is a ten time NHL All Star. Revolutionizing a Devils squad he joined in 1991, Brodeur led them to three Stanley Cups, and made the playoffs all but four seasons he played there.
Internationally, Brodeur was a star for his native Canada, stepping in from a backup role to lead Canada to their first Olympic Gold in 50 years at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, resuming his role on the 2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver teams, winning a second gold at the latter. Brodeur also backstopped Canada to their 2004 World Cup of Hockey victory, also winning a silver at the 1996 event. Brodeur also played in the 1996 and 2005 World Championships, winning silver in both to fall just short of the Triple Gold Club.
In terms of the IHLC, Brodeur won his first title at the 2002 Games, just before winning the Gold Medal, holding it again in 2004, 2005 and 2010. We wish Marty and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come, and hope to see his sons carry on his legacy in the net!