by Patrick Hoffman on 09/18/08 at 10:01 AM ET
NHL.com did a nice piece yesterday that looked at NHL records that were within reach for select players this upcoming season.
After looking at the list, one can’t help but be amazed at the accomplishments of these special players and wonder why the NHL doesn’t attract more fanfare. However, there is one particular player that stands out and that’s New Jersey Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur.
It’s pretty amazing that Martin Brodeur needs just 14 more victories to become the NHL’s all-time leader in wins for a goaltender, surpassing Patrick Roy’s record of 551. Sure, it may not be amazing because Brodeur plays almost every single game and he plays in a tight defensive system but it goes to show you how durable and valuable he is to the New Jersey Devils.
Speaking of durable, Brodeur needs to start just 32 more times to have played in 1,000 games, a pretty notable statistic given the speed and higher risk of injury that is prevalent in the NHL. Furthermore, if Brodeur plays in 62 more games, he will pass Roy’s 1,029 games. Again, this isn’t surprising considering how many games Brodeur plays each season.
Obviously, if you’re a goaltender, you’re going to face some shots. However, if you are Martin Brodeur and face 2,156 more shots, he will surpass Curtis Joseph’s record of 26,412 shots faced. Even more staggering is that Brodeur has a career save percentage of .914, which shows that Brodeur stops a lot of pucks.
If you’re playing between 70-75 games a season, you are obviously going to accumulate a lot of minutes. If Marty plays 3,108 minutes, he will break Roy’s mark of 60, 225. I know, I know, he plays over 70 games but it also goes to show you that every minute he plays is a quality one for the Devils.
As a New York Rangers fan, I may “hate” Brodeur but as a goaltender, I have to respect him because of how hard he plays the game, how much he cares about the game and how he gives his team a chance to win every single night.
While I’m on my goalie high-horse, I might as well mention a few other records/milestones that NHL goaltenders can reach this season.
I’ll start with one of the best goaltenders in the game to never win a Stanley Cup, Curtis Joseph. Joseph has spent 18 seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames. This season, CUJO is back with the Leafs and will be backing up Vesa Toskala. His next victory will give him 450 for his career. Hall of Fame worthy? You be the judge.
Dallas Stars’ netminder Marty Turco will break former Minnesota North Stars’ goaltender Cesare Maniago’s record for most games and minutes played in franchise history. Turco has provided the Stars with stability in goal over the past five seasons and seems primed to get his team back to the Stanley Cup Finals, which was last accomplished by Eddie Belfour.
So there you have it folks. The 2008-09 season will be the year of the goalie. Hey, hasn’t it been that way the past decade or so?
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