I Had Hoped This Would Not Happen

When Patrick Roy retired from the NHL as a Colorado Avalanche he left the game having won more games then any other net minder in the long history of the NHL.

Saturday evening, Martin Brodeur, net minder for the New Jersey Devils (formerly the Colorado Rockies), tied Patrick Roy with his 551 NHL win.

With his next win, which could come this Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks, he will take his place in history as the most winning goal tender of all time.

This is not the only record which Brodeur is on the verge of breaking. Martin currently has 100 shutouts, he is 3 shutouts away from having tied legendary goal tender Terry Sawchuk, 4 from having that record all to himself.

Be sure he will break the record and likely this year.

When Roy retired, though I knew the chance existed, I had hoped Brodeur would never break this record. I had hoped he too would retire before.

I hadn’t hoped this because I don’t like Martin Brodeur, but because Patrick Roy was so exciting, so dedicated, so determined, in each and every game. Brodeur has been no less exciting, no less dedicated, no less determined, no less deserving.

Patrick Roy was there, in the box, in Montreal Saturday when Brodeur tied his record. Happy to be there, happy it was Brodeur.

A bitter sweet moment for Roy I am sure and perhaps for Brodeur as well considering he grew up watching and idolizing Patrick Roy.

Congratulations Martin, you earned this to be sure and are without a doubt one of the greatest ever.

With no disrespect towards Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy will always be the greatest to me.

The video below is of some of Martin Brodeurs best saves.

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