Martin Brodeur reportedly will retire, become Blues assistant GM

St. Louis Blues goalie Martin Brodeur will retire, according to multiple reports

Martin Brodeur is finally calling it quits.

Brodeur, one of the greatest goalies in NHL history and a three-time Stanley Cup winner, will retire and join the St. Louis Blues' front office as an assistant general manager, according to multiple reports.

Brodeur is expected to formally announce his decision during a news conference the Blues have scheduled for Thursday.

“It's kind of sad to see a guy like him hang `em up,” Blues goalie Brian Elliott said. “I'm sure it's a tough decision, but I was grateful to be on the same team with him if only for a little bit.”

Brodeur was granted a leave of absence from the Blues earlier this month after he struggled in seven appearances with the team. Brodeur, 42, was attempting to relaunch his career in St. Louis after the New Jersey Devils, with whom he had spent 21 seasons, chose not to re-sign him last summer. He posted a 3-3 record and a .899 save percentage with the Blues after signing with the team in December.

Brodeur is a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is the NHL's all-time leader in wins (691) and shutouts (125). He holds a slew of other league records including ones for most playoff shutouts, most consecutive 40-win seasons, and most games played by a goalie. Brodeur is also the only goalie to score a game-winning goal.

Selected 20th overall in the 1990 NHL draft by the Devils, Brodeur made his NHL debut during the 1991-92 season. Along with Hall of Famers Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, Brodeur helped turn a Devils franchise that Wayne Gretzky famously called a "Mickey Mouse organization" in the 1980s into one of the NHL's best in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Brodeur backstopped the Devils to the franchise's first Stanley Cup at the end of the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season before winning the Cup again in 2000 and 2003. Brodeur's last chance to win a Cup ended in a six-game series loss to the Kings in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

In addition to his accomplishments with the Devils, Brodeur was part of Canada's Olympic gold medal-winning teams in 2002 and 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times
74°