Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils has had many milestones and memories over his illustrious tenure in the NHL including two Olympic gold medals, five trips to the Stanley Cup Finals and three Stanley Cup rings. However, next season will be a first for him when the Devils take to the ice at Yankee Stadium to face their Hudson River Rivals on Jan. 26, 2014. While the Devils and the New York Rangers have faced off many times during Brodeur’s 22 year playing career, this time the two teams will be playing in a park which is better known for its home runs than slapshots.
As a part of the league’s Stadium Series, outside games will be played in Soldier Field in Chicago, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, BC Place in Vancouver and in the Bronx at the house that Babe Ruth made famous. These contests are in addition to the Winter Classic which has become a New Year’s Day staple for hockey fans. Many were extremely disappointed after yet another lockout forced the cancellation of this season’s event.
The Rangers have already been participants in a Classic. However, for Brodeur and the rest of his Devils teammates it will be a new experience.
“It will be fun,” the 41-year-old goaltender said in an interview with nj.com. “It’s nice for the local fans. You have that one big one, after that if you go into local markets to do it, I think it’s great. They’re rivalry games.”
The match up between the Devils and the Rangers will certainly be a big draw on both ends. Games between these two teams always have an edge and it doesn’t matter the time of year or the position in the standings. Playing it outside where the game originated will just make it more special for the players and the fans.