As the son of the Montreal Canadiens’ official photographer, Martin Brodeur grew up idolizing the Habs.
And nowhere was this love for the hometown team more evident than in the spring of 1986, when he and a friend rode their bikes for an hour to downtown Montreal to celebrate the club’s 23rd Stanley Cup.
As the parade of convertible cars made their way down St. Catherine’s Street, the crowd cheered for their heroes of the day. There was captain Bob Gainey, star defenceman Larry Robinson, high-scoring winger Mats Naslund and young players like Brian Skrudland and Claude Lemieux.
But the biggest star in that improbable championship was a lanky 21-year goaltender named Patrick Roy, a cocky youngster who had yet to discover how much of an impact he would have on the game.
No one knew yet about the level of greatness that Roy would later achieve, and how a young boy admiring him from afar would join – and one day surpass that very same level.
On March 17, Brodeur – a career goaltender for the New Jersey Devils and a surefire Hall of Famer – added a significant record to his NHL resume, becoming the NHL’s career wins leader and passing childhood hero Roy with 552 victories.
The 36-year-old has been chasing Roy’s many records since he broke into the NHL in 1992, and any way you slice it – the two goaltending legends will alway be measured against one another.
Brodeur will be remembered as a calm, collected goaltender who is rarely fazed, while Roy’s fiery, win-at-all costs attitude has him revered by many as one of the most competitive players the game has ever seen. While Brodeur has four Vezina trophies and three Stanley Cups on his resume, Roy will go down as arguably the game’s top playoff performer with three Conn Smythe trophies to prove it.
Roy also holds the record of 13 seasons with 30 or more wins. That’s one more than Brodeur, whose string of 12 in a row will end this season because he missed most the campaign with a torn biceps muscle that kept him out for 50 games.
While Brodeur holds the record for most 40-win seasons with seven, Roy still leads in combined regular-season and playoff wins with 702 (compared to 644 for Brodeur). The comparisons are endless, but both goaltenders will always come out as winners – with a bond that began more than two decades ago during a Stanley Cup parade in Montreal.
Martin Brodeur Bio
- Born: May 6, 1972
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
NHL Seasons: 15
Drafted: 1st round (20th overall) by New Jersey in 1990
Honours and Awards:
– 1993-94: Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year)
– 1994-95: Stanley Cup
– 1996-97: William M. Jennings Trophy (Lowest goals-against)
– 1997-98: William M. Jennings Trophy (Lowest goals-against)
– 1999-00: Stanley Cup
– 2002: Olympic Gold Medal (Salt Lake City)
– 2002-03: William M. Jennings Trophy (Lowest goals-against)
– 2002-03: Vezina Trophy (Goaltender of the Year)
– 2002-03: Stanley Cup
– 2003-04: Winner, World Cup Of Hockey Championship
– 2003-04: William M. Jennings Trophy (Lowest goals-against)
– 2003-04: Vezina Trophy (Goaltender of the Year)
– 2006-07: Vezina Trophy (Goaltender of the Year)
– 2007-08: Vezina Trophy (Goaltender of the Year)
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Marty is now chasing the next record of most shutouts by a goalie. Terry Sawchuck had 103 and Marty is currently at 101. Although Marty has had some recent family problems, we wish him the best and we are all rooting for him.