Devils' Martin Brodeur strong after 20 years of excellence in the net even as end nears
By Art Stapleton
March 25, 2012
NEWARK — Mike Rupp eagerly skated in and scored, just as he did twice the night before while making his National Hockey League debut with the Devils.
This goal did not come against Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers, however. This time the net belonged to Martin Brodeur and Rupp received a different sort of message — well, he actually felt it — shortly thereafter.
It was his first shot of a practice that took place eight seasons ago, but Rupp has not forgotten the “Welcome to the League” moment granted to him by one of the game’s greatest players, the goaltender he had just beaten glove side.
“My first NHL game, I got called up on my birthday and I scored two goals in the game, a big highlight for me,” recalled Rupp, who is now with the Rangers. “The next day in practice, one of the first shots I took, I came down the wing and fired one over Marty’s glove. I just put my head down and went into the corner, and I remember getting a puck in the back. And Marty starts yelling, ‘It’s not that easy, kid. It’s not that easy. Don’t think it’s that easy.’ ”
Edited by 95Crash, 25 March 2012 - 08:40 AM.