Hockey Hall of Fame class re­ceives their rings

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — Martin Brodeur’s fa­ther took pic­tures of many of the great­est play­ers in NHL his­tory.

His son’s plaque now sits amongst those leg­ends in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Three-time Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Martin Brodeur and the rest of the class of 2018 re­ceived their Hall of Fame rings on Fri­day to kick off a week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties that will cul­mi­nate with Mon­day’s in­duc­tion cer­e­mony.

Team pho­tog­ra­pher for the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens dur­ing their glory years, Denis Brodeur snapped shots of Jean Be­liv­eau, Guy Lafleur, Pa­trick Roy and count­less oth­ers through­out his own sto­ried ca­reer.

“It’s kind of a sur­real mo­ment for me to live this,” Martin Brodeur said of be­ing en­shrined in the hall. “When you play the game, you never re­ally think about th­ese things.”

Brodeur won the Vez­ina Tro­phy as the NHL’s top goalie four times with the New Jer­sey Devils, took home the Calder Tro­phy for rookie of the year, owns two Olympic gold medals and is the NHL’s all-time leader in vic­to­ries (691) and shutouts (125). Denis Brodeur died in 2013. The other five 2018 inductees an­nounced back in June are NHL com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman, diminu­tive winger Martin St. Louis, league trail­blazer Wil­lie O’Ree, Cana­dian women’s star Jayna Hef­ford and Rus­sian great Alexan­der Yaku­shev.

Brodeur and St. Louis were el­i­gi­ble for the first time.

The Cana­dian Press

Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Gary Bettman, Martin Brodeur, Jayna Hef­ford, Wil­lie O’Ree, Martin St. Louis and Alexan­der Yaku­shev pose for a pho­to­graph in Toronto on Fri­day. They will of­fi­cially be in­ducted at a cer­e­mony on Mon­day.

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