Martin Brodeur and family pose with 'The Salute' (via New Jersey Devils/Twitter)
The Devils honored legendary netminder Martin Brodeur with an 11-foot bronze statue that will stand outside New Jersey’s Prudential Center. The statue features Brodeur winking, which he would often do to his children in the stands. Brodeur’s jersey will be retired Tuesday.
Martin Brodeur is the most iconic player in the history of the New Jersey Devils, and now fans will always be reminded of the legendary netminder when they enter the Prudential Center for Devils home games. Brodeur, now an assistant GM with the St. Louis Blues, was honored Monday with an 11-foot bronze statue that will stand outside the Prudential Center. The statue features one of Brodeur’s most well-recognized poses: his stick raised in his right hand saluting the crowd following a win, winking to his children in the stands. "I just felt that after looking at the pictures of my career and some of the events that meant a lot to me, I always saluted the fans, even at different times in my career and while in different jerseys,"
Brodeur told NHL.com’s Mike Morreale. "It all came down to the same pose. We added the wink because that's the thing I always did all the time to my kids when they were in the corner of the rink every home game.”
The statue of Brodeur was created by New Jersey native Jon Krawczyk and features Brodeur’s equipment. Total, the statue weighs slightly less than 1,000 pounds. "It's a big statue and it has some presence, that's for sure,"
Brodeur told Morreale. "It's amazing all the detail of the equipment, that's especially nice." The statue, aptly named ‘The Salute,’ was unveiled before roughly 4,000 fans, according to Morreale, and it’s part of a four-day tribute to Brodeur. The final day of the tribute is Tuesday when Brodeur’s No. 30 jersey will be raised to the Prudential Center rafters and retired by the Devils. "This whole weekend has been a bit overwhelming,"
Brodeur told Morreale. "I'm excited about [Tuesday]. I know it means a lot to the fans and to the organization. It's closure for my hockey career, an exciting time but an emotional time as well.” Brodeur, who officially retired in January 2015, spent 21 seasons with the Devils. During his time in New Jersey, Brodeur won the Calder Trophy, four Vezina Trophies, three Stanley Cups and suited up for two gold medal-winning Canadian Olympic teams. After a seven-game stint with St. Louis to end his career, Brodeur retired as the NHL’s all-time leader in wins (691), shutouts (125) and saves (28,928).
(Full statue via New Jersey Devils/Facebook)