NEWARK, N.J. -- It was a bit surreal seeing a "Brodeur" manning one goal Monday, the first day of New Jersey Devils rookie camp, at AmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center.
Still, the youngest son of Devils future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur was all smiles on the opening day of camp. He not only was given his official Devils jersey -- No. 50 -- but was allowed to sit at father's locker-room stall.
"I was thinking to myself, I've put this jersey on a lot of times, but it was No. 50 [not his father's No. 30], so it was a little different," Brodeur said following his session on the ice. "It was a pretty special feeling actually stepping on the ice with the Brodeur jersey on with the Devils logo on the front."
Brodeur even received instruction from Devils goalie coach Chris Terreri, who also coaches his father.
"It wasn't so weird that he was my coach," Brodeur said. "A coach is a coach no matter if I met him when I was 1 year old or now."
The older Brodeur just told his son to be himself on the opening day of camp.
"He told me to have fun with it and play your game," Anthony Brodeur said. "He told me not to do anything I'm not used to and to make sure I'm doing everything the way I'm used to doing it."
It was dad who helped turn a dream into reality when he announced Anthony as the Devils' seventh-round pick (No. 208) at the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center on June 30. The Devils acquired the pick from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2015 seventh-round choice.
The 18-year-old Brodeur just completed his senior year at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Faribault, Minn., where he went 21-5-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 28 games. He also was credited with four assists.
He'll play for the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
"I think they're going to work me in," Brodeur said of the Olympiques coaching staff. "Right now they have three goalies, so I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I'm going to do whatever I can to become a starter. That's my goal and I'll do whatever I can to work towards that."
During each session at the rookie camp, the coaches give each player an opportunity to go one-on-one against each of the four goalies present. Brodeur didn't allow a goal during his shootout drill.
"I'm just happy to get the experience being around the NHL environment and getting to know the people who will end up playing in the NHL," Brodeur said. "Hopefully, I'll get there one day.
"It was good to get a feel for some harder shots than what I'm used to … harder and a lot different. These guys are a lot bigger and stronger."
While Brodeur acknowledged he's not trying to be a clone of his father, he realizes the comparisons are inevitable.
"I think it's genetics that we kind of look alike [in net]," Brodeur said. "Just him being my dad, I pretty much act the same way he does and do everything he does. I don't do it because I see him do it, but that's just that's how it is."
He doesn't mind the comparisons, either.
"How can you get tired of it … he's the best goalie in the world," Brodeur said with a grin. "I don't think I'll ever get tired of that. He's my dad. Usually people are compared to their parents, and for me it's a little different -- he's Martin Brodeur."
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