The New Jersey Devils’ all time great goaltender Martin Brodeur had his number 30 retired this evening.

By Jay Travers

This was a long time coming for New Jersey Devils fans. Tonight the Devils honored the greatest goaltender in NHL history, Martin Brodeur by retiring his legendary number 30.

The night included several video tributes to Marty, and even some words from commissioner Gary Bettman.

This prompted fans to shout a few boos at Public Enemy Number One. But the moment he stepped away, the cheers were rejuvenated.

Brodeur’s family was in attendance, as well as Ken Dynako, Scott Stevens, and Scott Niedermayer, who also have their numbers sitting in the rafters of Prudential Center.

Lou Lamoriello, the GM who drafted Brodeur in 1990 also spoke at the ceremony. It was a wonderful night for both the Devils and No. 30.

The records set by Brodeur may never be broken by another goaltender. In a career that spanned over 22 years, 21 in New Jersey, Brodeur set records such as most career wins and most shutouts.

If you add up the amount of playoff games Marty played, it would come out to two and a half 82-game seasons. If that does not say something to the kind of player he is, I don’t know what will.

Across a 22 year career in the NHL, No. 30 has won three Stanley Cups, two gold medals, and is sure to be in the Hall of Fame.

Marty, it has been an honor. Thank you for everything you have done for the game and congratulations on an outstanding career.

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