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Brodeur says it like it is in new book

Canadian Press

9/11/2006 6:50:40 PM

TORONTO (CP) - Martin Brodeur has been a reporter's dream for years for his willingness to open up rather than spout cliches.

And so it stands to reason his new autobiography "Brodeur: Beyond The Crease" provides a refreshing, candid look at his career and hockey in general.

More importantly, the New Jersey Devils goalie says he felt doing the book while he was still playing was key.

"I wanted to bring people to the level I'm at right now because it's easy to write a book after you're done," the 34-year-old told The Canadian Press in an interview Monday before his book launch at the Hockey Hall of Fame. "But I've got a few more years to go and I wanted to show how I felt right now as I'm experienced it."

Brodeur, who wrote the book with veteran Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox, brings the reader into his world both on and off the ice and doesn't avoid tough subjects.

He weighs into the Todd Bertuzzi story by saying unequivocally that the former Canucks winger has suffered too much for his attack on Steve Moore.

"I play the game, these kinds of hits happen over and over again," Brodeur reiterated Monday. "People are lucky they don't get hurt more. I'm not taking anything away from Steve and his injury . . . but it's tough, this guy's (Bertuzzi's) life is changed, his career is changed. It'll be tough for him to ever be the same player from the day before he did that."

The Montreal native also tackles another time bomb most Quebec-born athletes would rather avoid - separatism.

"It's just something in which I have no interest," he says in the book. "My preference is for Canada to stay together, but it's not unusual for Quebec-born athletes to get dragged into the endless debate over the province's future in Canada."

Asked about it again Monday, Brodeur didn't back down.

"Canada's been great to me and my career," said the three-time Olympian. "You'd be surprised how many people think the same way. It's not like I'm bashing Quebec. I mean I also mentioned in the book that if a French-Canadian player doesn't speak to me in French I don't think it's right. I'm proud of my heritage, I'm excited to be able to speak two languages."

There are less controversial but still interesting details, such as some of Brodeur's rituals. He uses a brand new stick for every single game, drinks three-quarters of a can of Sprite after pre-game warmups, then two more Sprites at the intermissions.

Why Sprite?

"Gatorade hurts my stomach and water just doesn't give me enough of a lift," he says in the book.

He also watches a DVD before each game on the team he's facing and watches video of his last game against that club. And the Devils watch a movie together before each and every playoff game.

The opening chapter of the book deals with the money he's made - or lack thereof according to some people in the game. Brodeur has frustrated some players and agents in the past for signing contracts some felt were below his market value, such as the six-year extension he signed last January for US$5.2 million a year, less than six other goalies are earning after Tomas Vokoun's new extension was announced by Nashville on Monday.

Brodeur defends his contracts by explaining that winning matters more to him than being the highest-paid goalie. Not making $7 million right now will help the Devils keep their core, which was proved true when star winger Patrik Elias was kept on this summer.

"At the end of the day I'll be 39 years old making $5.2 million," Brodeur said Monday. "Look at the older goalies now, like (Dominik) Hasek and (Ed) Belfour, they're playing for a lot less than they used to ($750,000 apiece this season). So I wanted it to do this so I could help them now and then at the back end I'm getting probably overpaid."

Brodeur also explains why he hasn't an agent since dropping Gilles Lupien in 1998, negotiating his last three contracts worth more than $87 million by himself.

"Don't give the agents too much credit," Brodeur says in the book. "It's not that hard."

Brodeur, somewhat bitterly, recalls a contract negotiated in the fall of 2001, a $40-million five-year extension. The NHLPA, still under Bob Goodenow, filed a grievance, arguing that Brodeur's personal lawyer, Susan Ciallella (who basically crosses the T's and dots the I's) negotiated his deal even though she wasn't an NHLPA-certified agent.

"These were the same people who had certified David Frost as an agent," Brodeur says in the book.

Another chapter deals with his love for the Olympics, which began when his dad, photographer Denis Brodeur, played goal for Canada at the 1956 Games. Martin Brodeur brings the readers inside the dressing room at the Turin Games when Canada was knocked out by Russia in the quarter-finals, a disappointing tournament that also featured a 2-0 loss to Switzerland in the round-robin.

Brodeur, like most hockey observers had come to conclude, also believes the biggest reason for the disappointing tournament was Team Canada's inability to come together as a team.

He points to a Canadian power play when Bertuzzi tapped his stick on the ice in front of the net, "begging Joe Sakic to give him the puck.

"In Vancouver, that's where Markus Naslund would give him the puck, but Sakic didn't see him and was thinking about creating something different elsewhere on the ice. These are subtle ways in which the unfamiliarity of players is expressed," Brodeur says in the book.

He also tells the readers about an emotional speech from Sakic after the elimination, where the Canadian captain star said he didn't think Canada's younger players had understood what it was going to take to defend the Olympic title and hoped they would learn from the Turin experience heading into Vancouver 2010.

And finally, Brodeur also reveals a mistake made on Russia's winning goal in the quarter-final game by rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin: he didn't know it was him shooting. For an instant, he confused the young right-handed star with a left-handed defenceman. From where the player was in front of the net and thinking it was a left-handed shot, he covered the lower part of the net. Ovechkin roofed it with his right-handed rocket.

"If I knew it was him he probably wouldn't have scored," Brodeur said Monday. "I just didn't see him there at all. I never noticed it was him. And that makes a big difference in the way I fell down."

Brodeur also doesn't hide which record he'd love to make his own one day - Patrick Roy's 551 career regular-season wins. Brodeur has 446 and counting.

"You play hockey to win," Brodeur said in the interview. "And he has the most wins. That's the record I want. I know it's not close right now but hopefully I'll get there. To be the winningest goalie, what else can you say? He has it and he deserves it and he'll have it for a long time but hopefully I'll get close and maybe one day beat him."

It might be a little personal, too.

Brodeur has never forgiven Roy for demanding that he play every single game at the Nagano Olympics, even in what most players on the team felt was a meaningless bronze medal game against Finland. Brodeur even says New Jersey's 2001 Cup loss to Roy's Avalanche was even harder to take because he so wanted to beat Roy.

One difficult topic he couldn't escape but tried not to spend too much time on was his 2003 divorce. His first wife Melanie, with whom he had four children, filed for divorce in the middle of the 2003 playoffs. He had been dating the former wife of Melanie's half-brother (whom Brodeur is still with today).

It's the kind of tabloid stuff Quebec and New York papers thrive on. Brodeur met the issue head-on during the playoffs that year by addressing it with the media once and for all. By the time he lifted the Cup a few weeks later, it was no longer a story.

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Some good stuff just in the article. Marty does the near impossible, he manages to be honest and a touch colorful without being egotistical.

Is the book going to be available in the US or do I have to buy it online? I'm assuing there are English and French versions of the book too?

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"These were the same people who had certified David Frost as an agent," Brodeur says in the book. :hail:

So, it's not Melanie's brother's ex-wife it is her half-brother's ex-wife. Nothing wrong with that I guess...except he shoulda split with Melanie first.

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"These were the same people who had certified David Frost as an agent," Brodeur says in the book. :hail:

So, it's not Melanie's brother's ex-wife it is her half-brother's ex-wife. Nothing wrong with that I guess...except he shoulda split with Melanie first.

nothing wrong with that? haha ok.

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Looks like a good read.

Book Signing???

Long ride but I'd make the trip so if

it comes about let me know.

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Sounds pretty good. I wonder if he touched on the crease issue.

There are less controversial but still interesting details, such as some of Brodeur's rituals. He uses a brand new stick for every single game, drinks three-quarters of a can of Sprite after pre-game warmups, then two more Sprites at the intermissions.

Why Sprite?

"Gatorade hurts my stomach and water just doesn't give me enough of a lift," he says in the book.

That's weird. He drinks more soda than me.

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Cute -- I'd like to read it I confess... OK... own it :blush:

So if you buy this book will you have to give up cable that month? :whistling:

nothing wrong with that? haha ok.

Yah, what's wrong with it? She's not blood and not even directly related. If it was her actual sister then it might be different even though that is probably more common than cheating with your wifes half-brothers ex-wife.

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Because its his wife's brother! half brother or not thats not right dude. besides the fact that Brodeur was married, messing around with your brother in law's ex wife doesnt seem wrong in any way to you?

They may not have been married anymore but thats his brother in law and his wife he's insulting by messing around. Kind of like you not going after your best friend's ex girlfriend because its not right and very awkward. I'd like to see marty as ok on this issue just as much as anyone else but half brother or not, ex wife or not, you just dont go hooking up with a family relative's ex wife.

I do agree that the fact that its not his wife's actual sister but an ex wife of her brother does make it less scandolous. But in no way does that make it right.

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LMAO...I kind of love this topic. At this point, who are we to judge what the guy does on his free time? It's not like he committed a crime here. Maybe it wasn't too smart but whatever. Maybe their marriage just wasn't that great.

Much like the whole Paul Lo Duca thing, it is way overblown. Stuff happens.

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Thats true, Derek. its his life. But if we judge him based on the standards of our culture and society then he did something wrong. not a crime, but can say a thing or two about his character, who knows. Id like him to have a justified reason behind it too.

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Because its his wife's brother! half brother or not thats not right dude. besides the fact that Brodeur was married, messing around with your brother in law's ex wife doesnt seem wrong in any way to you?

They may not have been married anymore but thats his brother in law and his wife he's insulting by messing around. Kind of like you not going after your best friend's ex girlfriend because its not right and very awkward. I'd like to see marty as ok on this issue just as much as anyone else but half brother or not, ex wife or not, you just dont go hooking up with a family relative's ex wife.

I do agree that the fact that its not his wife's actual sister but an ex wife of her brother does make it less scandolous. But in no way does that make it right.

You did read where I said he shoulda split with Melanie first right?

Do we know if he jumped on her while the ink was still wet on the divorce papers? We don't. Maybe they had been divorced for a while. Maybe he even asked the half-brother for her number! Who knows. Anyways, I think she's distant enough where it shouldn't matter much. Best friend's ex is different. Maybe Marty wasn't even buddies with this guy, maybe he's never even met him or ever will again in the future.

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Thats true, Derek. its his life. But if we judge him based on the standards of our culture and society then he did something wrong. not a crime, but can say a thing or two about his character, who knows. Id like him to have a justified reason behind it too.

Well devlman, was it perfect? No. He was married and cheated and it had to be very tough on his four kids.

Is it worse than a 48 year-old dating an 18 year-old? Me thinks not.

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"These were the same people who had certified David Frost as an agent," Brodeur says in the book. :hail:

OHH SNAPPPPPPPPPPPP :hail: I'm definitely going to buy this

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Thats true, Derek. its his life. But if we judge him based on the standards of our culture and society then he did something wrong. not a crime, but can say a thing or two about his character, who knows. Id like him to have a justified reason behind it too.

Actually, the way the standards of our culture and society are now (half of all marriages end in divorce, etc.), Marty's infidelity isn't that big of a deal.

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Back to the book, it didn't even occur to me that there'd be photos, but of course they'd have been taken by his dad. :koolaid:

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drinks three-quarters of a can of Sprite after pre-game warmups, then two more Sprites at the intermissions.

Why Sprite?

"Gatorade hurts my stomach and water just doesn't give me enough of a lift," he says in the book.

Has anybody tried sprite to drink in sports?

I feel like trying it!

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Should be an interesting read, I will get this book when available...

The few times I had encounters with Marty when interning with the Devils, I have to say he came across very much like Hasan said, not being too egotistical and with a sense of humor and honesty that is refreshing to hear in the world of sports today

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I can't wait for this to come out! It sounds like a great read.

Doesn't Chico have a book coming out this fall too?

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Should be an interesting read, I will get this book when available...

The few times I had encounters with Marty when interning with the Devils, I have to say he came across very much like Hasan said, not being too egotistical and with a sense of humor and honesty that is refreshing to hear in the world of sports today

Can you tell me all your Stevens intern stories for my birthday present? PLEEEEASE? :pray: Did you ever see him in native buff? :giggle:

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Can you tell me all your Stevens intern stories for my birthday present? PLEEEEASE? :pray: Did you ever see him in native buff? :giggle:

Sure did. He was in the Devils offices one day (off day) going to Lou's office.

Not that I REALLY was looking at how Stevens looked (not that there is anything wrong with that! :lol:), one thing I did notice was that dude is a rock that is for sure!

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