ST. LOUIS - After 22 years on the ice, Martin Brodeur’s hockey career will continue, albeit in a different role.
Brodeur announced his retirement at a press conference Thursday morning at Scottrade Center. He also announced he’d be taking a position with the Blues as the Senior Advisor to General Manager Doug Armstrong.
“This is a great day for me. I’m excited to start a new chapter in my hockey career,” Brodeur said. “This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. This is going to be a great challenge for me.”
Added Armstrong, “Our goals are very simple here in St. Louis with this team: It’s to prepare and be competitive, and ultimately to win a Stanley Cup. We’re very excited to have Marty join our organization in a different capacity. He’s going to travel with our team on a daily basis and he’s going to interact with our players and our coaches.”
Brodeur retires as 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).
The 42-year-old goaltender came to the Blues on Dec. 2 after the team lost Brian Elliott to a lower-body injury. He appeared in seven games with St. Louis, recording a 3-3-0 record, including his final NHL win, a 3-0 shutout against Colorado on Dec. 29.
“I talked to my family, my wife, my mom and all the people around me,” Brodeur said. “We came to the conclusion that this is a great opportunity to start something new, and I’m really excited. The thing about hockey for me is I’m really competitive and I like to have fun. I’m leaving the game with a big smile on my face.”
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.
He began his 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).
Brodeur was also a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the New Jersey Devils (1995, 2000, 2003) and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with Team Canada (2002, 2010).
“I didn’t know what to expect when I came here, but I see this organization going a long way,” Brodeur said. “They’re an exciting team to watch and extremely talented and I was happy to be part of it. I’m really excited to be here.”