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Martin Brodeur Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame

June 26, 2018 - 3:52 pm
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By WFAN.com

Former New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, in his first year of eligibility, has been selected as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

Brodeur is considered one of the best goalies -- if not the best -- to ever play the sport after setting numerous league records.

Selected with the 20th overall pick in the 1990 NHL draft, the longtime Devil finished his career with 691 wins, 140 more than Patrick Roy, who ranks second on the NHL's all-time list. Brodeur's 125 regular season shutouts, 1,266 regular season games and 24 playoff shutouts also lead the all-time list for goalies. In addition, the Montreal native won at least 30 games in 12 straight seasons and is the only goalie in NHL history with eight 40-win seasons. 

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Brodeur led the NHL in wins in nine different seasons while finishing in the top five among goalies in five other campaigns. He was awarded the 1993-94 Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and went on to win the Vezina Trophy four times as the top goalie in the NHL. Brodeur took home the Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goalie who  allowed the fewest goals in a season, on five different occasions, tied with Roy for the most in NHL history.

Brodeur also appeared in nine All-Star Games and was a three-time finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy for the league's most valuable player during his 20 seasons in New Jersey.

He won three Stanley Cup championships as a member of the Devils (1995, 2000, 2003), as well as two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada (2002, 2010). 

"I was fortunate to play on great teams that allowed me to play with my own personality, which is so important to a goaltender," Brodeur said.

The Devils retired Brodeur's No. 30 on Feb. 9, 2016 and soon after unveiled "The Salute," an 11-foot statue built in his honor that currently resides outside the Prudential Center.

In addition to all of his accolades, the NHL legend is also known for the rule created for him. Before the start of the 2005-06 season, the league implemented a new rule preventing goalies from playing the puck behind the goal line, except within the trapezoid-shaped zone located directly behind the net. Many believed this rule was singling Brodeur out, as he was considered one of the best ever at handling the puck behind the net. It has come to be known as the "Brodeur Rule."

Joining Brodeur in this year's Hockey Hall of Fame class are NHL commissioner Gary Bettman; longtime Tampa Bay Lightning wing and former New York Ranger Martin St. Louis; Willie O'Ree, the NHL's first black player; former Soviet star Alexander Yakushev; and Canadian women's player Jayna Hefford.

The induction ceremony will be Nov. 12 at the Hall of Fame in Toronto.