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.
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.
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.
The 'Brodeur Rule' and Later Career
Brodeur made a mark on the sport beyond the accumulation of trophies. In 2005, the NHL instituted a change that limited the space goaltenders were allowed to cover. It became known as "Brodeur Rule" for the effect it had on the Devils star, who was famous for leaving his goal in pursuit of the puck.
Brodeur missed nearly four months with a torn triceps muscle during the 2008-09 season, but after returning he surpassed Hall of Famer Patrick Roy's NHL record of 551 wins in March 2009. That December, he eclipsed the mark of 103 shutouts held by another Hall of Famer in Terry Sawchuk.
After recording the first losing season of his career in 2010-11, Brodeur bounced back by leading the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals the following year. However, the veteran goaltender began to show signs of aging again, and indicated that his remarkable run was nearing its end after losing his starting job early in the 2013-14 season.
Brodeur co-owns a Montreal restaurant called La Pizzeria Etc. with former teammate Sheldon Souray.
The NHL great released an autobiography, Brodeur: Beyond The Crease, in 2006. In December 2009, he became a naturalized United States citizen.
Brodeur has been married twice. His first son, Anthony, also became a hockey goaltender, and was selected by the Devils in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL draft.
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