Martin Brodeur: Simply the Best

Francis ParkmanContributor IMarch 18, 2009

To many of us in the sports world, the name Martin Brodeur is a relatively unknown one. For those you who don't know who Martin Brodeur is, you should be ashamed to call yourselves sports fans.

Don't fret sports fans, the New Jersey Devils goalie accomplished a feat Tuesday night that will make any sports fan, big or small, remember who he is.

In the Devils' 3-2 victory, Brodeur became the NHL's all-time win leader. With 552 career victories, he surpassed the legendary Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche, who retired after the 2002-2003 season.

During his 19 year career, all with the Devils, he has won three Stanley Cups ('95, '00, '03), won the Vezina Trophy three times ('03,'04,'07), and was also named the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 1994.

He has also been a model of consistency for New Jersey. He has averaged 3,640:53 minutes, 34.5 wins, .914 save percentage, 1411.6 saves, and a goals against average of 2.20 over his career.

If that isn't enough, his 100 career shutouts is only three behind Terry Sawchuk's 103. He only needs to appear in 43 more games to break Patrick Roy's record of 1,029 games played.

Plus, he is also 1,580 saves away from taking first place in that category. That number could increase however, because the all-time leader Curtis Joseph, is still an active player with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Martin Brodeur may be a mortal in the eyes of regular human beings, but to us sports jockeys, he should and forever will be, a god and a legend to us. With many more years ahead of him in a Devils' sweater, I hope that all who have read this tribute will join in watching his legend status grow.