There are players who seem to have the ability to play forever. You can look around other players around professional sports over the years like Mariano Rivera, Brett Favre and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The NHL’s version of that player is Martin Brodeur. Brodeur will be heading into his third decade of playing for the New Jersey Devils next season and it appears as if he is not slowing down at all as his career rolls on.
I would love to see the Devils have a ready-made replacement for Brodeur when the time comes, but that’s not important right now. The team should enjoy Brodeur for as long as he can continue playing. He went 13-9-7 with a 2.22 goals against average this past season as he turned 41-years old.
You aren’t going to find a ton of players in today’s game that are still playing at that age. He is a first-ballot Hall of Famer with his 669 career wins and a career 2.23 GAA. Those are just ridiculous numbers.
He is getting some extra time off this summer since the Devils didn’t make the playoffs and I have to think that this is the best thing for him. It gives him six months to recharge his batteries and rest up for the 2013-14 season. We have no clue when he is going to retire, especially with the way he is playing.
His oldest son is now playing junior hockey as well, so who knows if the Devils can just replace one Brodeur with another soon. If you are a hockey fan though, you really don’t want to see the elder Brodeur retire because he is a goalie that we may never see again.