ST. LOUIS - After a 21-year playing career that spanned more than 1,200 regular season games and over 200 postseason appearances, Martin Brodeur has moved into the next phase of his hockey career.
Brodeur was named Assistant General Manager of the Blues on Wednesday, agreeing to a three-year contract.
After retiring from the game in January, Brodeur remained with the Blues as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager and developed an interest in management, which led him to the position.
“I always in the back of my mind wanted to do it, but I didn’t know exactly what ‘it’ was,” Brodeur said Thursday. “I got a good taste of it this season. It’s an exciting time for me, I’ve been like a kid. It’s something new for me and I’m happy to jump on board.”
Brodeur will move to St. Louis full time. He’ll travel with the team at times, work on the business side of player contracts, handle scheduling and work with the Blues’ minor league affiliates.
“It’s really going to be an open canvas to explore and get strong,” Armstrong said. “We’re excited to have Marty on board. I’m looking forward to personally working with him and tapping into his immense knowledge from playing and hopefully giving him some guidance on working on the management structure.”
Brodeur said he expects a bit of a learning curve, but it’s a challenge he’s up for.
“I just enjoyed being part of the organization,” Brodeur said. “I loved the city of St. Louis. Everything about it, from the coaching staff to the management part. For me, that just kind of clicked.”
Brodeur originally joined the Blues as a free agent on Dec. 2, 2014. After a seven-game stint with the club in which he posted a 3-3-0 record, Brodeur announced his retirement from the NHL on Jan. 29. The Montreal, Quebec native 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, he ranks first in starts (204) and shutouts (24) and second in wins (113).
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 1997-98 to 2007-08.