Brodeur named Devils executive vice president of hockey operations
Martin Brodeur was named executive vice president of hockey operations for the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. The Hall of Fame goaltender signed a multi-year contract to remain with the team.
Brodeur had served as executive vice president/advisor to general manager Tom Fitzgerald in the hockey operations department since January 12, 2020, while also serving as a liaison to the team’s business operations side. His new role will allow him to focus on hockey operations full time.
“I’m definitely excited about the opportunity that Tom is giving me here,” Brodeur said. “Obviously, I’ve been working with him for a while now, but now it’s more in an official capacity. With the history I have with this franchise I’m excited to be a part of it for years to come, to have some success here and get back to where guess the Devils should be, a winning franchise. We’re headed there. It’s not there yet, but these are exciting times.”
Brodeur said he was initially eyeing a full-time return to hockey after returning to the Devils in 2018 following a three-year stint in the St. Louis Blues. But a nudge from his youngest son Max, 13, helped him do just that.
“When I came back to New Jersey, my youngest was 9 or 8,” Brodeur said. “Now he’s getting older, he’s invested a lot in hockey and he wants me to do it. He was reluctant to come back after my three years in St. Louis, to go back to hockey full time . Now feels like the right time. I’ve been on the hockey team for two years and I just see a lot of growth. I love what’s going on with the way the hockey operation is set up. I want to be a part of it of the solution, just being around. I think the timing was perfect for me.”
Brodeur’s new role will include scouting, player development and recruiting, personnel decisions, roster management and oversight of the Devils’ goaltending development department.
Not surprisingly, he is particularly passionate about the goalkeeper development department.
“It’s something that when I was with the Blues I talked to (general manager) Doug Armstrong about a lot and we just never could put it together,” Brodeur said. “So when I got to the hockey rink a couple of years ago, I mentioned to ‘Fitzy’ that I think this should be really important to the organization. It’s tough. You go through the agency market pounds, you overpay for people.Having a department that only looks at goalies was a big part… It might not pay off right now, but in the future it will be a big factor in why we might have an advantage in different teams”.
Fitzgerald said Brodeur has been “a tremendous resource” for him in his time as the Devils’ general manager because of his experience and the relationships he has in the hockey world.
“It makes sense to formalize and clarify their roles and responsibilities within the organization,” Fitzgerald said. “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 achieved here as a player.”
The Devils are riding a seven-game winning streak against the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSGSN2, TSN5, RDS, ESPN+, SN NOW). New Jersey, which has been to the Stanley Cup playoffs once in the last 10 seasons and hasn’t won a series since 2011-12, is 10-3-0 and in first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Current players are certainly on board with Brodeur taking on a full-time role on the hockey side.
“He’s always been very important to this organization and having him around helps,” the captain said Nico Hischier said “He knows exactly what it takes to win and he certainly makes a big contribution and it’s great to have him here with the Devils.”
The 50-year-old former goalkeeper returned to the Devils on August 29, 2018 as executive vice president of business development, a role he held through the 2019-20 season. He was previously assistant general manager of the Blues.
“Even though I still live in St. Louis, Jersey is still a big part of my life,” Brodeur said. “My kids grew up playing hockey here. I grew up playing pro in New Jersey. It’s all about New Jersey when we talk about hockey. It doesn’t get any better.”
Selected by the Devils with the 20th pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Brodeur helped New Jersey win three Stanley Cup championships (1995, 2000, 2003) in his 21 seasons with the Devils. New Jersey also reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2001 and 2012 with Brodeur in net. He played seven games for the Blues in 2014-15, his final NHL season.
Brodeur retired as the NHL’s all-time leader in wins (691), games played (1,266), shutouts (125), 40-win seasons (eight) and 30-win seasons (13). He was also 113-91 with a 2.02 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and an NHL-record 24 shutouts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Brodeur won the Vezina Trophy, voted the best goaltender in the NHL, four times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008).
His number 30 was retired by the Devils on February 9, 2016, when the team also unveiled a statue in his honor outside the Prudential Center.
Brodeur was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12, 2018.
“I left St. Louis in 2018 and they won the Stanley Cup [in 2019]so I wasn’t happy,” Brodeur said. “I pulled the trigger too fast on St. Louis, so I can’t wait to try to win a Stanley Cup here with the Devils again.”
NHL.com staff writer Mike G. Morreale contributed to this report
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