TRAVERSE CITY -- Please excuse St. Louis Blues assistant general manager Martin Brodeur if he had a confused look on his face during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena on Saturday.
The reason was because Jeremy Brodeur, his 19-year-old son, was the starting goaltender for the opposing Columbus Blue Jackets. He was invited by the Blue Jackets as a free agent to compete in Traverse City. He attended their development camp in June.
"What are the odds," Martin Brodeur said. "For sure, I'm holding my breath. I don't want him to get scored on. Hey, it's just one game, it doesn't matter. I was rooting for everyone to do well, actually. I was hoping for a 0-0 tie. That would have been great."
With Martin watching closely from the bleacher section of the arena, Jeremy made 27 saves in a 4-1 win. His shutout bid ended with 3:31 left when Blues defenseman Dmitrii Sergeev scored on a breakaway.
"I usually talk to mom and dad after every game, but this is a little different because I was playing my dad's team," Jeremy said with a grin. "I knew dad was watching, but I tried not to look up (where he was standing). But it happens, I guess.
"My end goal is to someday play pro hockey, so I want to show people here that I have potential."
Jeremy has spent the past two seasons in Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League, where he is 37-26-7 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
Martin Brodeur is the NHL's all-time regular season leader in wins (691), shutouts (125), games played (1,266) and minutes played (74,438). In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he ranks first in starts (204) and shutouts (24), and second in wins (113), and won the Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
Brodeur retired after 21 NHL seasons and was hired by the Blues as assistant GM on May 20, 2015.
"These are special moments as a parent," Martin Brodeur said. "It just so happens that he's playing against the team I work for. You want your son to do well, regardless of who he's playing against. This is a rookie tournament where you get to see your prospects. For me, it's fun to see him doing his thing for an organization that I have nothing to do with, so for me it's even better because he's doing this on his own."
Anthony Brodeur, Martin's 21-year-old son, will play for the University of Ottawa in 2016-17. He was New Jersey's seventh-round pick (No. 208) at the 2013 NHL Draft.
"We always grew up around hockey," Jeremy said. "I started out as a forward and after scoring one goal in one season, [I] said I'm playing goalie and have played ever since."