Monday, December 21, 2009

Martin Brodeur: Greatest of All Time

With tonight's shutout, Martin Brodeur of the three-time champion New Jersey Devils became the all-time greatest goalie in pro hockey history. He'd already taken the crown for most wins, minutes and games as a goalie, but earning the most shutouts (on thirty-five saves!) slams the door on any doubt: he is the greatest goalie of all time.

Martin Brodeur has been indomitable for fifteen years. His NHL record of 104 shutouts is a towering marble monument to his vision, balance, flexibility and determination.

A gold medalist for Canada in 2002, Brodeur became a dual citizen of the U.S. on December 1st of this year. He is welcome to enjoy my country, living in nearby West Orange, NJ. If Canada wants any members of the Washington Generals in recompense, they are welcome to take them far away.

Thank you Martin, for the countless games of Sega hockey you helped me win, for dominating the net with your snapping glove over fifteen seasons with my Devils, and for giving me something to cheer about on this dark, cold Monday night.


Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

I hate that guy.

Andrew Wice said...

Do you hate him more than Stephane Richer from the blue line?

Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

Don't be stupid. Of course not. I hate Stephane Richer and his Super-Man Antics most of all.

Andrew Wice said...

Even more than Bill Guerin's Reach-Around?

Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

Nah, that one didn't bother me. You were never very good at that one.

Andrew Wice said...


I challenge you!

I can whip your ass in Sega Hockey '95 with Niedermeyer tied behind my back.

Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

Apologies, Wice. I didn't mean to say that you were no good at that move with Guerin.

I meant to say that I was much better with that move with Bondra than you were with Guerin.

Yeah, you had the bizarre Richter slapshot, and you had the best goalie in the game, but when it came to pure creativity, no one could touch the Caps' Bondra and Juneau and Tinordi and Cote and Kristich.

And I think you know that.

Andrew Wice said...

"Pure Creativity?"

What are you, reading from a MLS press release?

I will give ninja-credit (called paipan)to P. Bondra, and Juneau and Tinordi were good.

But it's important that we recognize that "Hurricane's" New Jersey Devils were the perfect blend of an awesome team with an awesome sega hockey enthusiast: in addition to the aforementioned assets, Scott Stevens, Claude Lemiux deserve credit.

The South will rise again motherfucker!