By the time he retires, Martin Brodeur will hold every major record for goalies in NHL history. He will have played more games and minutes, won more games, and recorded more shutouts than anyone else since the NHL first began in 1917. So whatever he does to prepare himself for a game must work.

In his case, it’s family that matters most. He comes from a big family of two brothers and two sisters. The patriarch, Denis Sr., played goal for Canada at the 1956 Olympics, winning a bronze medal, and he later became the photographer for the Canadiens for decades. Denis Jr. has followed in his father’s footsteps to become a photographer, while


Claude was a Montreal Expos prospect at one time. Denis Sr. and Martin are the only father-son tandem in Canadian history to have both won Olympic medals in hockey, Martin doing his part by leading Canada to gold in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

Martin also has four children from his first wife, Melanie: Anthony, William and Jeremy (twins), and Annabelle. He has their initials on the back of his mask. He also uses a new stick for every game he plays, and before every game he writes their names on its shaft, believing they will bring him luck. Those sticks have done wonders for Martin.


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