The greatest goaltender of all-time in Martin Brodeur was a no-doubt inductee for the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame class.
After the legendary goaltender retired back in 2014-15, it’s only been a matter of time and HHOF rules to abide by for Devils fans to salute No. 30 into the HHOF located in Toronto, Ontario.
According to the HHOF, a player “must have not played in a professional or international hockey game (a) during any of the three (3) playing seasons prior to his or her election.”
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 26, 2018
While Marty’s No. 30 is retired and hanging high in the Prudential Center’s rafters next to Niedermayer (27) and Stevens’ (4) numbers, the Montreal, Quebec native’s long list of accomplishments is second to none.
To date, Brodeur is the NHL’s all-time leader in regular season wins (691) and shutouts (125). His 691 wins are 140 more than the great Patrick Roy who is ranked second in wins among NHL goaltenders, and his shutout mark may never be passed.
There’s only one active goaltender that’s ranked in the top 10 for shutouts, the 39-year-old Roberto Luongo who has 76 and counting, entering his 19th NHL campaign.
If you’re wondering where the other goaltender across the Hudson River ranks, Henrik Lundqvist is ranked 16th all-time with 63 shutouts, but has only managed to record a total of four in the past two seasons.
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) June 26, 2018
Brodeur’s uncanny ability to play night-after-night will never be matched, as the only NHL goaltender to ever be credited with a game-winning goal played in a record of 1,266 games and played in 70 or more games in a season on 12 occasions during his 22-year illustrious NHL career.
Keep in mind that the man in question still holds the record for most shutouts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (24).
Those stat-lines alone are an accomplishment and a category that Brodeur rewrote the record book for.
Sure, his three Stanley Cup championships appear fancy on his HHOF resume, as do his four Vezina Trophies, but his longevity and dynamic play are what has separated him from the rest. It doesn’t hurt that the Devils had a sixth man able to play the puck on a nightly basis for 20 years, either.
The greatest of all-time to don a goalie mask can now check off his last accomplishment as a player when Martin Brodeur is inducted into the HHOF on the night of Nov. 12 in downtown Toronto.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain and New York Rangers, Martin St. Louis, will also join Brodeur as another NHL skater inducted into the HHOF on Nov. 12.
Also, Alexander Yakushev and Jayna Hefford are two other players to be inducted, while Willie O’Ree and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be entered into the (non-player) builder category.
All in all, however, it’s Martin Brodeur’s time on stage.