On Saturday night, Martin Brodeur recorded his 551 win as the goalie for the New Jersey Devils, when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
(Before I start this article I will declare that I have been a Devils fan my entire life despite growing up 20 minutes from Nassau Coliseum where the Islanders play).
Brodeur has been the model of consistency, class and excellence of athletes in the Tri-State area.
Brodeur is the only member on the Devils roster who has brought home Lord Stanley's Cup all three times for New Jersey without leaving to sign a lucrative contract.
Prior to this season Brodeur had never missed significant time due to injury.
All of this has gone unnoticed simply because the Devils used to play in the swamps of the Meadowlands.
Even now when the Devils play at the Prudential Center, only about a 25-minute drive from New York City, they still can't get any love.
Sean Avery's two goal effort is still the more talked about story in the Tri-State area.
Brodeur is a hard working man who loves the history of hockey, and the one thing that you have to love about Brodeur's excellence is that he deflected all of his 551 wins as a credit of his teammates scoring goals and playing defense.
In a time in which we have to deal with steroids and corruption on a daily level it is about time someone gives Martin Brodeur some due credit for his excellence during a long period of time.
Brodeur has played for one team his whole career, which really goes to credit how properly the Devils organization is run.
Lou Lamairello, the GM of the Devils has been the top sports executive in the New York City region over the past 15-years and he has also gone unnoticed.
Maybe, now, with Brodeur's individual accolades the Devils will finally get the credit that he deserves.
If the Devils played in New York City they would have statues built on the way into the Garden, yet, no matter what the Devils do, they will always be a second-class citizen to the Rangers in the Tri-State area.