Breaking News: Martin Brodeur Ready To Retire
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
The hockey world is buzzing about the imminent retirement of the legendary Martin Brodeur and an official announcement is expected to come at a press conference on Thursday.
While he staged a brief comeback with the St. Louis Blues earlier this season, it was simply a last hurrah as he stepped in while starter Brian Elliott was injured. Over the course of seven appearances, he posted a 3-3-0 record which included his 125th career shutout while facing the Colorado Avalanche on December 29. His first Upper Deck cards in a Blues uniform will be found in packs of 2014-15 SPx.
Undoubtedly a first-ballot Hall of Famer once he is eligible for induction, he is the NHL’s all-time leader in wins, shutouts and games played by a goaltender. Collectors were first introduced to him through the 1990-91 Score Hockey release and since that time, he has appeared on 7,068 cards that appear in the Beckett database. The total value for them (excluding rarities) is an impressive $178,760.34 and he should hopefully continue to appear in more products in retirement.
Beckett Hockey will continue to add more information to this story as it develops.
Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at SLaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.