Trea­sures FROM THE HALL

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - MARTIN BRODEUR | ROOKIE GOALIE PADS – BRIAN COSTELLO

THE CAL­GARY FLAMES EN­TERED

the 1990 NHL draft think­ing about suc­ces­sion plan­ning be­hind 27-year-old start­ing goalie Mike Ver­non. When highly ranked phe­nom – and Western Canada-born – Trevor Kidd slipped out­side the top 10, GM Cliff Fletcher got on the phone. He ar­ranged a deal with New Jer­sey GM Lou Lamor­iello that had the Flames ac­quire the 11th over­all se­lec­tion and a sec­ond-round pick in ex­change for the

20th over­all choice and two sec­ond-round picks. Kidd was the next big thing, and Cal­gary grabbed him at No. 11. The Devils were set in goal with Sean Burke, 23, and Chris Ter­reri, 25. As well, 23-year-old Craig Billing­ton was a stand­out for New Jer­sey’s farm team. Lamor­iello had no in­ten­tion of tak­ing Kidd.

But when it came time for New Jer­sey’s pick at No.

20, Lamor­iello took the ad­vice of his head scout David Conte, who in­sisted he couldn’t let skinny St-Hy­acinthe Lasers goalie Martin Brodeur slide. Within three years of that se­lec­tion, Brodeur made Burke and Billing­ton ex­pend­able (they were traded) and shared play­ing time as a 21-year-old NHL rookie with Ter­reri. Twenty years later, Brodeur re­tired with the most wins and shutouts in the his­tory of the NHL.

These are Brodeur’s pads from his Calder Tro­phy­win­ning 1993-94 sea­son. He do­nated them to the Hall of Fame on his day with the Stan­ley Cup in 1995 af­ter a con­ver­sa­tion with the Hall’s Pat Plun­kett.

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