Martin Brodeur nostalgic: “With Marc-André the era of Quebec’s superman goalkeepers ends”

NEW JERSEY | Martin Brodeur left his team permanently in the spring of 2015, but when it comes to the goalkeeping profession, we feel that he is still driven by the same passion.

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Brodeur, vice president of hockey for the New Jersey Devils, agreed to meet with the representative of Diary A few dozen minutes before the game between the Canadian and the Devils.

The pretext for this meeting: Marc-André Fleury’s 552 victories, the last of which, achieved on Monday afternoon, allowed him to surpass Patrick Roy in second place among the most victorious goalkeepers in NHL history.



Martin Brodeur easily dominates among goaltenders for most wins in the NHL regular season.

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“It brings back memories. This type of stagnation, throughout a career, is special, stressed Brodeur, monarch of victories with 691. I am very happy for him. The impressive thing for Marc-André is that he managed to gain the trust of different coaches on different teams. I stayed in New Jersey because I knew they trusted me.”

“And I’m happy to see another Quebecer in the group of four.”

This “group of four” that Brodeur mentions is that of goalkeepers who have played at least 1,000 games on the Bettman circuit. Once again, it is he who leads the way with 1266. He is followed, in order, by Roberto Luongo (1044), Roy (1029) and Fleury (1007).

“Pain”

This group of four will remain intact for several more years. Behind the Quebec quartet, among the active goalkeepers, Jonathan Quick (768 games), Sergei Bobrovsky (674) and Semyon Varlamov (597) stand out.

But we will have to live even longer before we see another Quebec goaltender have a long and successful career in the NHL. This season, only six goalkeepers from the province of La Belle have played at least one game. Of them, Louis Domingue (60) and Samuel Montembeault (42) are the most victorious.

“With Marc-André the era of Quebec’s superman goalkeepers ends,” said the former Laser de Saint-Hyacinthe, visibly disappointed. There’s no more. It hurts because, as Quebecers, we feel very proud to form this group.”

What happened? Brodeur ignores him. Just as he does not have the solution to reverse this sad trend.

“If I had the solution, I would use it for my own benefit,” he responded.

“There have been so many,” he continued, thoughtfully. (Félix) Potvin, Stéphane (Fiset), Patrick (Roy), Théo (José Théodore), (Éric) Fichaud, me. And I forget a lot.”

European model

As a front-office member of an NHL team, Brodeur is in a good position to know that Quebec’s masked men are no longer popular. His own goalkeeping coach, like most teams, now travels to Europe to attend seminars on goalkeeping development.

“The role model is there. “It used to be our home,” he insisted before listing a series of goalkeepers from the other side of the Atlantic.

“The best goalkeepers in the league are (Igor) Shesterkin, (Ilya) Sorokin, (Andrei) Vasilevskiy and (Sergei) Bobrovsky. Four Russians. They are joined by (Jake) Oettinger, (Thatcher) Demko and (Connor) Hellebuyck, who are Americans. I just named seven goaltenders and no Canadians,” listed Brodeur, who also participates in Hockey Canada.

At least Brodeur can console himself that his record of 691 wins will likely never be equaled. And if that were the case, he runs the risk of having a lot of white hair and having to get around with the help of a walker.

Victories

Martin Brodeur 691

Marc André Fleury 552

Patricio Roy 551

Roberto Luongo 489

Among other active Quebecers

Luis Domingo 60

Samuel Montembeault 42

Devon Levi 13

Matches

Martin Brodeur 1266

Roberto Luongo 1044

Patrick Roy 1029

Marc André Fleury 1007

Among other active goalkeepers

Jonathan Quick 768

Sergei Bobrovsky 674

Semyon Varlamov 597

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