NHL: New Jersey Devils Trade Into 7th Round to Take Martin Brodeur's Son Anthony

Brad KurtzbergContributor IJuly 1, 2013

The 2013 NHL draft ended on a special note: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur had the honor of announcing his team had drafted his son, Anthony, in the seventh round.

The younger Brodeur was the 208th overall selection in the draft. A total of 211 players were picked overall. The Devils didn't have a seventh-round pick originally, but they traded up with the Kings to be able to draft Brodeur's son.

It was a fitting way to close out this draft that was held in New Jersey: have the home team's greatest player announce that the only team he had ever played for was selecting his son.

Anthony stands 5'11" and weighs a slender 177 pounds. He played last season at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota, a program that produced Zach Parise.

Next season, he is scheduled to play in junior hockey for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.

The younger Brodeur was pleased to be picked by the Devils. "It was definitely a surprise," Anthony told TSN. "I didn't really know if it was going to happen and I'm extremely excited."

The Devils started the day by trading for 27-year-old goalie Cory Schneider from the Canucks. For the first time during Martin Brodeur's career, New Jersey has an heir apparent in net, someone to take over after the 41-year-old retires.

But the future Hall of Famer ended the day by seeing his team draft his son. And by making the announcement himself to an enthusiastic hometown crowd, Martin Brodeur had the perfect ending to a hectic day for both father and son.