It’s been said, “For the rare breed who dare stand between the pipes. Alone and vulnerable. The job description is simple. No matter how, no matter what – just stop the puck.” – Author unknown. Newly inducted Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur did just that, for 22 seasons he stopped pucks better than anyone else.
He was a big man standing 6′ 2″ 220lbs. without gear. But he was also mobile and was a threat with the puck. He would feed team mates nice easy passes up the middle that gave the impression that he was part of the offensive scheme. This part of his game was so successful the NHL changed the rules of the game.
Before the start of the 2005 season, the league instituted a new rule preventing goaltenders from playing the puck behind the goal line, except within a trapezoid-shaped zone located behind the net. The trapezoid began at the goal line with angled lines six feet from each goal post and widened to 28 feet at the end boards. This was viewed by many hockey aficionado’s as singling out Brodeur for his excellent puck handling skills.
You know your good when the league decides to change the rules because of you. This rule change occurred because Martin Brodeur played the position like no one else. He played it his way, he redefined what the goalie position is and he was better than everyone else. He has been quoted as describing the position this way,
“Goal tending is creativity, an expression of imagination and innovation, artistry, with pads, glove and a mask serving as the paint and paint brush.” – Martin Brodeur
He attributes a lot of his success to having fun. Constant communication with team mates on the ice helped him stay engaged at all times, he would engage in a playful manner, he says it kept him loose and took the edge off.
Martin Brodeur is a 3x Stanley Cup Winner (1995, 2000, 2003); 1993-94 Calder Memorial Trophy, 7x All-Star, 5x William Jennings Trophy, and a 4x Vezina Trophy winner. He changed the position. He changed the game. He changed the New Jersey Devils franchise and this is what makes him an All-Time Great!
Career stats are: Games Played 1,266 | Wins 691 | Loses 397 | Ties 154 | Shutouts 125
ROOKIE CARDS OF HALL OF FAMER MARTIN BRODEUR
1990-91 Score, Card No. 439 (shop eBay)
This is a 440 card set and card No. 439 of the set happens to be the official and only, American rookie card of Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur. It seems to me like a patriotic card design with red, white and blue stripes. The 1st Round Draft Choice branding on the upper left corner is a plus.
The card back is really basic for a 1990 card design. Player bio and commentary are given and some stats are within the commentary. My favorite part of the card back is the Canadian and USA flag towards the bottom. There is no shortage of supply for this one as it was printed at the peak of the mass-produced era.
As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $1.00-$3.00; graded mint copies (9’s) sell between $8.00-$12.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $40.00-$50.00 range.
1990-91 Score Canadian, Card No. 439 (shop eBay)
There was an exact Score Canadian version of the 440 card set produced. The American version used a blue Score logo on the card front. The logo on the front of the Canadian version is in red and the text in the back of the card shows both english and french text.
As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $1.00-$3.00; graded mint copies (9’s) sell for $6.00-$10.00 while gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $50.00-$75.00 range.