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Jersey Retirement

McDavid excited to witness Brodeur's big night

Top pick in 2015 NHL Draft will lead Oilers against Devils

by Mike G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid is looking forward to witnessing the jersey retirement ceremony of former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur at Prudential Center on Tuesday. 

New Jersey will retire Brodeur's jersey No. 30 in a pregame ceremony prior to the regular-season game between the Devils and Oilers (8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNOL, MSG, NHL.TV). 

"For sure, it's going to be really cool, especially for me because I never had a chance to see the older guys like Wayne Gretzky," McDavid said. "To see someone like Brodeur go to the rafters, a guy I watched play a few times, is going to be great. 

"Obviously, just kind of the (2002) Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City; that was my biggest memory I had of him." 

Oilers coach Todd McLellan will have his team on the bench at some point during the ceremony to witness the celebration. 

Brodeur led the NHL in wins nine times and finished in the top five on five other occasions. The seven-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 shutouts (24) and second in wins (113). 

"It would be hard for me to pick one record he set that I think is the best," McDavid said. "When you have so many records, each record is special in its own right. I'm sure he'd say the same thing. I think any time you can pick up records like Brodeur did, it's special." 

McDavid, who said he never attempted to play goaltender as a youth, doesn't know if he'll have an opportunity to meet Brodeur in person since it will be a busy afternoon. 

"It would obviously be very cool to meet him, but I know it's a busy day," McDavid said. "I'm sure he has a lot of close guys he needs to meet that are around him, and I'm sure there are many family members and friends that he'll want to spend time with. 

"But I'll be watching from afar."

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