Martin Brodeur spent two decades putting his stamp on the NHL's record books. Now he's appearing on one of his own.
The NHL's all-time wins leader and future Hall of Famer is one of six goaltending greats being recognized by Canada Post in a new set of stamps. Also included are Lorne “Gump” Worsley (Montreal Canadiens), Johnny Bower (Toronto Maple Leafs), Tony Esposito (Chicago Blackhawks), Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyers) and Ken Dryden (Montreal Canadiens).
All won a Stanley Cup and the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalkeeper. All changed the way the game was played or perceived, making them larger-than-life figures.
“Many people dream of playing in the NHL, but only a distinguished number of players achieve it; and an even smaller, esteemed group leave a timeless impression,” says Bill Daly, NHL Deputy Commissioner. “Having some of the greatest NHL goalies immortalized on these stamps is remarkable; a true testament to their impact on hockey fans around the world. We’re proud to share this momentous occasion with the players, their loved ones, and the fans.”
Brodeur won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1993-94, his first full year as the Devils’ starter, and the Stanley Cup® Championship three times over his career. He is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, and five-time winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals against. Brodeur also won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and is the only goalie in NHL history with eight 40-win seasons. He is also one of only two goalies to have scored a goal in both the regular season and the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The 2015 NHL Great Canadian Goalies set is the third of a five-year collection of NHL stamps leading up to the NHL’s 100th anniversary in 2017.