"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."
- Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects
The quote above must have been referring to Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. How else could this man remain so far from the spotlight during his career?
He's led New Jersey to three championships and 14 playoff berths in his 15 seasons. He owns the career record for most victories by a goaltender with 580 victories. And yesterday he set the career shutout record for NHL goalies by blanking the powerful Penguins, 4-0.
The question deserves to be raised whether Martin Brodeur is the greatest goaltender of all time, but I yield to the smarter hockey pundits in that debate.
For now, let's merely applaud one of the greats of all-time in his sport. A standing ovation would be preferable.