When Martin Brodeur
takes to the ice at Prudential Center on Friday, there will be no masking his brand-new look.
The four-time Vezina Trophy winner unveiled a new mask design at Devils practice on Wednesday, and is expected to wear it for the Devils' 2008-09 regular season opener on Friday. Brodeur's brand-new web site, martinbrodeur30.com
, is set to launch that same day, when the Devils host the Islanders to start the new campaign.
The new "MB30" logo combines Brodeur's initials with the number he has worn since his first full season in New Jersey, and incorporates the horns and curled tail that are familiar to any Devils fan. The interior is subtly accented by the crisscrossing shape of a goal net.
Brodeur believes it's a modest revision that some observers might not even pick up on right away.
"It's going to be hard to notice, I think," Brodeur said. "It's the same color scheme. For people facing me, there really won't be a difference. It's really more for TV or even for people looking up from top. I don't think it should be a big difference for people."
It marks just the third different mask that Brodeur has worn in a Devils uniform since being called up from the now defunct St. Hyacinthe Lasers (QMJHL) during the 1991-92 season. That year, the last in which the Devils wore red and green, Brodeur made four appearances for a 2-1-0 record, donning a simple red mask with a white stripe on the side.
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