If you’ve followed hockey over the past 20 years, you know there have been few players as dominant as Martin Brodeur. Many consider him the greatest goaltender of all-time, as he holds or is tied for 25 different NHL records, including most wins and shutouts. He has won four Vezina trophies (best goalie in the league), three Stanley Cups, and even a pair of Olympic gold medals.
Now, he has one more line to add to his prolific list of accomplishments.
With more than 22 million votes cast, Brodeur has beaten out the Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to earn the right to be the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL 14.
Some would say that this was more about his career accomplishments—since his numbers have begun to trail off in the twilight of his career—but this was the second year that the public vote for the honor. If anyone nodded their head in Marty’s direction, it was the fans.
“The support I’ve received throughout the cover vote campaign has been incredible,” said Brodeur in a press release. “My kids pushed me to participate in the campaign, and they are really excited to see their dad on the cover of the game they play all the time. I want to thank all the NHL fans who campaigned and voted for me.”
Brodeur is the first goaltender to grace the cover since NHL 97, when John Vanbiesbrouck of the Florida Panthers was given the honor.
Of course, being a New York Rangers fan, this year I may have to print out a picture of Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan and toss out Brodeur’s cover slip. No offense, Marty, but it wouldn’t feel right having you in my video game library.
NHL 14 skates onto PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 September 10 in North America, September 13 in the rest of the world.