This past week, Hall of Fame goalie and New Jersey Devils great Martin Brodeur joined the Devils’ Black and Red Banter series to discuss what is going on in his life while answering questions from fans.
As a player, Brodeur topped the leaderboard in several National Hockey League records. In his 22-year career, Brodeur became the all-time leader in wins with 691, shutouts with 125, games played, and even goals from the goalie position, all while winning three Stanley Cups and earning the Vezina Trophy four times as the best goalkeeper in hockey.
During the course of the fan-facilitated Q&A session from the organization’s season ticket holders, known as Black and Red members, Brodeur answered various questions, from his career path most likely being a photographer if not for hockey, to revealing his favorite moment with the Stanley Cup being when he brought the trophy to a movie theater as a popcorn holder with his children.
‘Marty’ also took on more serious questions about the COVID-19 pandemic in hockey and his new role with the Devils.
“(The pandemic and lockout) is similar because you have no drop date, you do not know when you are going to come back,” said Brodeur of his experience with NHL lockouts and the connection to what hockey players are dealing with right now. “It was hard, no doubt. You have to stay in shape and as in tune of what was going on as much as you could… but obviously nothing like guys are going through right now.”
The virus has also affected his day-to-day activities as New Jersey’s Executive Vice President and Advisor to hockey operations.
“Personal interaction does not exist,” Brodeur said. “A lot of calls, a lot of work. Working a lot harder now, especially not knowing when the draft is going be. These guys are bearing down, doing a lot of interviews, doing a lot of meetings, trying to set up our list for whenever the NHL decides when the NHL Entry Draft will happen.”
Brodeur also examined his transition to the front office from the ice.
“You learn the game and how to play the game,” Brodeur said. “You learn what the game is all about You make friendships, connections, and you learn. When you move to the other side, and as a player you do not like the other side as much, and now that is where I am. You take all that learning you made, how it made you feel, your friends, and your teammates, and you try to help as much as you can.”
“On the business side, as a player, you always have the unknown,” Brodeur said. “How is money coming in? How are fans treated? You do not know because you are so secluded on playing just hockey and your day to day is about winning and losing and you do not pay attention to what people are doing in the organization. So, for me it was a big eye-opener once I got on the business side to learn through whoever.”
The Devils will continue their Black and Red Banter series throughout the NHL break on their YouTube page: .