Martin Pierre Brodeur was born on May 6th, 1972. He is a Canadian ice hockey goalie and is quite a bit athlete at 6 feet 2 inches and 216 pounds. Being a goalie must have been in his blood because his father was also a goalie; Denis Brodeur.
Hockey is really cool because you can express yourself in skating and shooting pucks. Because sometimes I get a bit mad but when I do hockey everything that is mad gets out.
Sometimes I go with my Dad in the morning in the arena beside my school and I could shoot pucks with my friends and my dad. The rink is outside and its a bit old The ice is not like in the inside arena but it is still fun playing with my family. It’s different because the ice has a lot more bumps and it’s smaller than a real one.
I’m in a hockey team called the Jaguars of Candiac and at the beginning of the year we didn’t have a good season but after the tournament we became second place and we’re going to become first place ( hope) !!! I play left defense – not a goalie like Brodeur.
As O.P, (another student) said, Brodeur has played his entire national Hockey League career with the New Jersey Devils. He got drafted in 1990 and is at his nineteenth year with the team. Brodeur is so good that the general manager has never wanted to exchange him for another goalie. He has led his team to three Stanley Cup victories.
Like his father, Brodeur has also represented Canada at the Olympics. Denis Brodeur was at the 1956 Winter Olympics and won a bronze medal. Martin is heading to the Olympics for a fourth time to play for Team Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
His first presence was as a backup for Patrick Roy in 1998 in Nagano. He did not get to play however as he was there as replacement.
The second time Brodeur went to the Olympics was in 2002 at the Salt Lake City games where he led his team to the podium. He was the best goalie in the whole tournament . In the final match he stopped 31 of the 33 shots in the victory over team USA which won them gold medal.
His third presence was in 2006 in Turin Italy. he played in four of the six games but they lost against Russia in quarterfinals. I hope that team Canada will be as successful as in 2002 bringing back the gold medal.
Brodeur has also had many victories in other championships. In 2004, he led team Canada to the World Cup Hockey Championship. In five games the other teams were only able to put five goals against him.
He has also distinguished himself by winning many prizes such as the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1994, two NHL All-Star Team Trophies, the World’ Stars Challenge Bowl and many many other medals and trophies.
What I like about Martin is the fact that he has his own personal style. Most goalies use the same butterfly position but Martin stands up more setting down only a knee. He is also good at puck handling and even made a goal during a match where the other goalie had been remove in order to have more offense players on the ice. He is the first goalie ever to have done that. What a great athlete!
by: J.V., 11 yrs. old