Fellow NHL Stars Quotes on Martin Brodeur
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
Q: Talk about Martin Brodeur closing in on Patrick Roy's career record for wins.
"It's pretty special. He's been doing great for so long and he's committed to the game. I'm excited to see him achieve his goals.
But I don't think he's all about just the numbers. He's about winning every year. I don't think all of the records matter to him.
He just wants to win Stanley Cups and that's why Martin Brodeur is a champion."
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Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders
Q: What has Martin Brodeur meant to the game and the goaltending fraternity?
"It's amazing. It's funny, I've had this conversation with a lot of people. Within my lifetime, you're seeing some of the best athletes of all time. You have Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. And these guys are continuing to make records. We saw Barry Bonds break the home run record. But Marty will go down as possibly the best of all time. He's going to break all the records.
"So for someone that plays the position, you can really have an appreciation for what he's able to do -- especially with the 70-plus games and 10 straight seasons, that's a pretty amazing feat."
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Q: Your thoughts on Martin Brodeur about to become the winningest goaltender in NHL history.
"Brodeur is outstanding. Not even for the saves he makes, I appreciate the way he competes. He finds a way to play the game every night and the amount of time he spends in the net every season is amazing. He's been resilient and at the highest level winning Stanley Cups and doing it in a fashion where it's tough.
"He's playing 70-plus games every year and he just keeps coming back. I feel privileged to be able to play against him and to be able to interact with him, talk with him and get to know him a little bit."
Q: When it has been you against Brodeur in all those times you've met the Devils, have you ever looked down the ice and said, 'I'm going to beat him?'
Ryan Miller: "My first NHL game, I was staring down the ice (at Brodeur). I figured out where I was (by) about the third period. We had a lead and then we didn't. We went to overtime and lost in overtime. But it was a big thrill for me to start my career off like that in New Jersey.
"Every time we do play, it is fun to be at the other end, but I don't ever think it's really me against him. It's just hockey being so different - you're not going to see the same situation he sees, no matter if you set the puck down and said make this play happen, just like they just had it happen. It's going to be different. It's fun to compete against him and play hockey."
Marc Staal, New York Rangers
Q: You scored your first career NHL goal against Martin Brodeur. Take us back to that moment.
"The goal was pretty neat. I think (Scott) Gomez meant to pass it to Shanny (Brendan Shanahan) in the slot and he let it pass. It surprised me a little bit and I got a hold of it, kind of just waited -- I was basically thinking, 'Shoot high.' And I looked up and it was in the net.
"It was an unbelievable feeling. Obviously, you wait your whole life up to that point to score your first NHL goal. To do it on a Hall of Fame goalie like Brodeur, it was even better."
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Q: Martin Brodeur, is going to set the all time record for wins soon. What do you think about the accomplishment of surpassing Patrick Roy?
"Patrick Roy was my greatest idol growing up. And (in New York) I get the opportunity to play against one of the best goaltenders in this League. I have played him a lot the last three years here. Marty, he's a great goaltender. It's a lot of fun to play the New York teams and (the record) speaks for itself, when you look at his stats.
"It doesn't really matter what team you're playing in this League, because you're always going to face a great goaltender. But Marty is obviously one of the best. It makes you want to play even better sometimes when you face such a great goaltender."
THEY SAID IT -- ALL-TIME WINS LEADER PATRICK ROY
(NHL Media Conference Call, Oct. 16, 2000)
Q: I wanted to know, this 447 wins, do you feel that there is anyone currently playing who has a chance of reaching that total or who might challenge that record one day?
Certainly there will be some guys one day who will challenge that. Thirty years ago, everybody said that nobody would challenge Terry Sawchuk's record and I was in that position the other day to tie it. Of course I cannot look behind me and think that I have to do this for that or play extra years for that. Right now, I think it's important for me to continue to play because I enjoy the game. Right now, I'm having a lot of fun and our team is doing extremely well, you can see that we've had a really good start. This is where my focus is. After I'm done, somehow I'll wish good luck to the other guys and if someday a guy beats it, I'll be happy for him.
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