At forty years old, New Jersey Devils’ goaltender Martin Brodeur is eyeing his fourth Stanley Cup ring, seventeen years after he won his first. While he says he will not retire after this year, a New Jersey franchise strapped for cash may not award Brodeur with another trip to the Stanley Cup Finals to tie his idol’s four championships.
Patrick Roy, Hall of Fame goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, is who modeled Martin Brodeur’s game. Roy’s butterfly style is now the norm in the NFL. He is the man whose records Brodeur has chased and, for the most, part surpassed. And he is the only goaltender to beat Brodeur in a Stanley Cup Final, back in 2001. Roy surrendered only one goal in the final two games as the Colorado Avalanche came from behind to win the Cup in seven.
Patrick Roy has four Stanley Cup rings. As he told Jeremy Roenick, he kept the first two in his ears to drown out the Blackhawk prima dona’s whining back in 1996. He won his first as a rookie in 1986 and his last 15 years later. St. Patrick, as he was nicknamed, was known most for capturing Lord Stanley’s Cup. It was a royalty that saw him win the playoff MVP Con Smythe Trophy a record setting three times.
For Brodeur, winning his fourth Stanley Cup over the Los Angeles Kings would solidify his place in the conversation as one of the greatest all time goaltenders. Despite his record setting statistics, he has continued his career past the marks of Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy, who both decided to quit early before their games deteriorated. Terry Sawchuck also makes up that conversation, but since no one can confirm what he looked like in goal, he would be hard to remove from the hockey books. Dryden has six cups, while Roy and Sawchuck have four. Brodeur belongs in this conversation with one more cup.