NHL News: Former Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur named Executive VP of Hockey Operations for New Jersey Devils

Martin Brodeur playing in November 2011. By slgckgc – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

November 10, 2022

Brodeur has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the organization

The New Jersey Devils today announced that Martin Brodeur has officially been named as Executive Vice President, Hockey Operations and additionally signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the organization. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald. After two and half years serving as an adviser to hockey operations and working as a liaison to the business side, the move will allow Brodeur to focus solely on hockey operations for the organization. He had previously served as Hockey Operations Adviser to Fitzgerald, a role he took on, on Jan. 12, 2020, when Fitzgerald ascended to the General Manager role on an interim basis.

“Working with Tom’s group for the past few years, I have seen firsthand what he and our Managing Partners, David Blitzer and Josh Harris are building,” said Brodeur. “I’ve been fortunate to help them in that time, as we move in the right direction toward consistent, sustained success. This decision allows me to commit all my time to the hockey side and focus on achieving the ultimate goal for our players, tremendous fans and entire organization.”

Brodeur will continue to work with the Devils Hockey Operations group on improving all aspects that touch the organization including development, personnel decisions, roster management, transactions, player recruitment, and overseeing the goaltending development department that he created. In addition, and as part of his new appointment, he will also expand his role to scouting.

“Marty has been a tremendous resource to me in my time as General Manager with his experience, input, foresight, and relationships throughout the hockey world,” said Fitzgerald. “It makes sense to formalize and give clarity to his roles and responsibilities within the organization. I am excited that he has committed to staying with us, as we all work to continue to return New Jersey to the levels of success that Marty reached here as a player.”

For two seasons, 2018-19 and into 2019-20 prior to his adviser role, Brodeur served as Executive Vice President of Business Development for the New Jersey Devils. He was named to the role on August 29, 2018, and worked across all departments to identify, capitalize, and develop business opportunities for the Devils, Prudential Center and the outlying community. The position marked Brodeur’s return to the Devils’ organization. During his time with the organization’s front office, he has created the MB30 Charity Golf Invitational which annually raises money to benefit the Devils Youth Foundation.

Brodeur, 50, is considered the best goaltender in National Hockey League history and was named to the NHL’s list of 100 Greatest Players in 2017. He played 22 years in the National Hockey League, 21 of those with New Jersey. He anchored all three of the Devils’ Stanley Cup Championships, leading them to the top of the league in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He backstopped the team to five Eastern Conference titles, and a total of 17 playoff appearances. In 205 career playoff games, Brodeur went 113-91 with a 2.02 GAA and .919 save percentage and posted 24 shutouts.

Brodeur’s name is etched throughout the NHL’s record books and he currently sits atop numerous categories, including: regular season wins (691), single season wins (48, ’06-’07), overtime wins (69), games played (1,266), games played with a single team (1,260), regular season shutouts (125), playoff shutouts (24), minutes played (74,083), 40-win seasons (8), 30-win seasons (13), shutouts in a playoff campaign (7, ’03) and shutouts in a Stanley Cup final (tie: 3, ’03). He is the youngest goalie to reach 300, 400 and 500 career wins, and is the only goalie to reach 600 career wins.

During his Devils career, Brodeur was named to the 1994 All-Rookie Team and won the Calder Memorial Trophy for the League’s top first year player; he won the Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goaltender four times; he was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest team goals against five times; and was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team twice and Second All-Star Team four times, appearing in a total of 10 NHL All-Star Games.

Brodeur’s legendary career began at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft when the Devils selected him with the 20th overall pick.

Internationally, Brodeur has competed for Team Canada in three Olympic Winter Games, winning Gold in 2002 and 2010. In the IIHF World Championships, Brodeur led Team Canada to Silver in 1996 and 2005, while leading his country to the championship title in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Brodeur retired from professional hockey on January 29, 2015, after a six-game tenure with the St. Louis Blues. Following his retirement, Brodeur joined the Blues’ front office, where among his roles he served as Assistant General Manager. His No. 30 was retired by New Jersey on February 9, 2016 and was honored with his statue outside of Prudential Center in Newark. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12, 2018. 

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