Martin Brodeur, the future Hall of Fame goaltender for the New Jersey Devils, will add another claim to fame to his already extensive resume when he steps into the booth for the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada this evening. The 41-year-old will be joining the broadcast team as a guest analyst. Tonight’s game four match up between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins will be Brodeur’s first game. He will be talking hockey and analyzing the playoffs with Ron MacLean, PJ Stock, Elliotte Friedman, Glenn Healy, Andi Petrillo and former Devils’ teammate Kevin Weekes.
“I am thrilled to join the esteemed team of broadcasters at Hockey Night in Canada, and look forward to sharing my insight and perspective with viewers,” Brodeur said in an interview on the Devils’ website.
Hockey Night in Canada has been a staple for Canadian hockey fans since the first episode aired in 1952. It began as a Saturday night special with games only airing one night a week. However, coverage is expanded during the playoffs with the attention being placed on the Canadian teams.
Brodeur grew up watching the extremely popular program as a child in Montreal. He brings to the booth a wealth of experience including three Stanley Cup rings, four Vezina Trophies for best goaltender, five Jennings Trophies for least goals against during the regular season as well as a Calder Trophy as the NHL‘s rookie of the year in 1994. In addition to his extensive on-ice background, Brodeur is also known an one of the better interviews around the league.
He is definitely not a player who just trumps out the well-worn Bull Durham, ‘We’re taking it one game at a time’ cliches when talking to the media. Interviews are not everyone’s cup of tea, and some athletes are better at it than others. However, Brodeur has never come across as being awkward or shy in front of cameras, and his quotes can be quite entertaining, so he should do well in the booth.