History Missed. Or At Least Postponed.
It would have been a moment of hockey history, but the New Jersey Devils have apparently chosen not to embrace the moment.
When the Devils take on the New York Islanders tonight, 41-year-old Martin Brodeur will make his first appearance of the pre-season. Brodeur is expected to play two periods, and then give way to his backup for the final frame.
But that backup won't be his 18-year-old son, Anthony.
Instead, Brodeur indicated last night that he's been told Scott Wedgewood will be his backup tonight, killing the chance, at least for now, for the Brodeurs to make history as the first father-son goalie combination to make an appearance for the same team in a game, regular season or exhibition.
Given that Anthony, taken 208th by the Devils in the June entry draft, is expected to be returned to the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL by this weekend, there may not be another opportunity this fall for the father-son combo to play in the same game.
Then again, Martin certainly hasn't indicated that this will be his final NHL season. So other chances may come.
"It would be nice for it to happen, but I’m here for the experience. It’s not just to be on the ice with my dad," Anthony told the Newark Star-Ledger. "It would be awesome, but I’m here to improve my game and show people what I can do."
Anthony's brother, Jeremy, was drafted by the Oshawa Generals of the OHL, but he will return this season to play another year at Shattuck-St. Mary's high school in Minnesota.
In terms of Martin's new partnership with Cory Schneider, the expectation is that the two will split all back-to-back games this season, and Schneider will end up playing 30-35 games if Brodeur remains healthy.
The sad news for the Brodeur clan, meanwhile, is that Martin's father, Denis, remains seriously ill at the family's home in Montreal. Denis played goal for Canada at the 1956 Winter Olympics and was the long-time photographer for the Montreal Canadiens. He was one of two men - Star photographer Frank Lennon was the other - to snap the iconic photo of Paul Henderson scoring the winning goal for Team Canada at the '72 Summit Series.
The 82-year-old underwent surgery for a brain tumour last year.