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Devils to retire Brodeur's number before Feb. 9 game

by Mike G. Morreale / New Jersey Devils

Martin Brodeur will become the fourth Devil to have his number retired, joining Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko and Scott Niedermayer.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur, who led the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cup championships while setting a multitude of NHL records for a goaltender including wins and shutouts, will have his jersey No. 30 retired by the organization Feb. 9 at Prudential Center. A statue of Brodeur will also be built outside Prudential Center.

Devils co-owner Joshua Harris made the announcement on Tuesday at a press conference at Prudential Center that included Brodeur and NBC Sports host Kathryn Tappen. The ceremony for Brodeur will be held prior to the Devils regular-season game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Brodeur, 43, becomes the fourth Devils player to have his number retired. He joins defensemen Scott Stevens (No. 4 retired on Feb. 3, 2006), Ken Daneyko (No. 3, March 24, 2006), and Scott Niedermayer (No. 27, Dec. 16, 2011), fellow three-time Cup champions in New Jersey.

"It was not a surprise, but I was surprised how quickly they wanted to do it just kind of noticing the other guys had to go through a few years before they decided (to retire their numbers)," Brodeur told prior to the announcement. "So, it was nice. We had great, great conversations with them and I was surprised just because it was quickly. I didn't expect it right away. It's definitely nice. The more and more you think about it, the more and more we're preparing (with) days like today and how we're going to bring it up to the date, it's going to fun. I'm going to get more anxious as it comes."

Brodeur played 21 seasons with the Devils, but did not re-sign with them prior to 2014-15 when they committed to Cory Schneider as their No. 1 goalie. He finished his career playing seven games last season for the St. Louis Blues and currently serves as an assistant general manager for St. Louis.

Brodeur led the NHL in wins nine times, and finished in the top five on five other occasions. The 10-time all-star and four-time Vezina Trophy winner holds NHL goaltending records for wins (691), shutouts (125), games played (1,266) and minutes played (74,439). He also won 40-or-more games eight times in his career. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brodeur ranks first in starts (204) and shutouts (24) and second in wins (113).

The Blues signed Brodeur to a one-year contract in December 2014 after starter Brian Elliott sustained a knee injury. Brodeur announced his retirement as a player and joined the Blues' front office as a senior adviser in January 2015. He finished his 22-year career with a 691-397-176 record, a 2.24 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

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