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A Salute to Marty

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Martin Brodeur will have his No. 30 raised to the rafters tonight in New Jersey, where the Devils will host the Edmonton Oilers at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Brodeur, who finished his 22-year career with the Blues and now works as the team’s Assistant General Manager, is the NHL’s all-time regular season leader in wins (691), shutouts (125), games played (1,266) and minutes played (74,438).

In postseason history, Brodeur ranks first in starts (204), shutouts (24) and second in wins (113).

“It’s going to be exciting,” Brodeur said of tonight’s jersey retirement ceremony in New Jersey. “It’s quite an honor to have my jersey retired at a place where I played for a lot of years and won three championships with them. It’s something that I’m looking forward to.”

Brodeur has been in New Jersey since Saturday and has put on a hockey clinic, participated in a special pregame puck drop before a game against the Capitals, and participated in a Q&A session with fans. On Monday night, the Devils unveiled a Brodeur “salute” statue at Prudential Center.

“All of my grown-up life I spent in New Jersey,” Brodeur told stlouisblues.com. “All of my kids were born here in New Jersey, and I made a lot of friends throughout the years. For me, a lot of history and a lot of good memories come from a career like that.”

Brodeur appeared in 10 NHL All-Star Games and led the NHL in wins nine times, shutouts five times and games played six times, including appearing in 70 or more games in 10 consecutive seasons from the 1997-98 season until 2007-08.

He began is award-winning career with the 1994 Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, and went on to earn the Vezina Trophy four times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008) and the Jennings Trophy five times (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2010).

He also is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Devils (1995, 2000, 2003) and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with Team Canada (2002, 2010).

To follow Brodeur's jersey retirement ceremony in New Jersey, visit NewJerseyDevils.com or search #SaluteMB30 and #MB30 on social media.

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