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GDT: Thank You Marty. 8pm MSG+

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How many sports franchises have the honor of having the best player of his position play (almost) his entire career with the same team he started with? Not many. 

When I was ten I built a cardboard and tin foil Stanley Cup and spent the entire day standing on my front lawn celebrating the Devils 2000 cup the night before.

When I was 11 I cried my eyes out seeing Ray Borque raise a cup.

When I was 13, I watched my favorite player win a third cup for the Devils.

After this, I witnessed some of the greatest performances and seasons that any goaltender has ever had. Most minutes. Most consecutive 40+ win seasons. Most playoff wins. Goals scored.

I was there for 552.  I was in awe.

Marty is not only the best goaltender of all time, but was and is a player who represents the heart and soul of this organization: Greatness.

May the Devils pay homage to the best goaltender in NHL history with yet another win against the Edmonton Oilers.

Most of all, I'm happy to be able to be in the same building as we celebrate my hero tonight.

 

I will cry. 

 

Let's go Devils.

 

Marty's better.

 

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Great thread. I absolutely love Marty. He is my all time favorite player and I just can't imagine there ever being another one like him. He provided me so many amazing moments that I got to be a part of. The emotion in the arena is going to be absolutely amazing and I'm thankful that we get to have one more moment that we can show him how much we love him. 

Thank you Marty! 

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Of course I start coming down with something (cold/sore throat) a few days before this event.  Left work early yesterday.  Came in late today.  Definitely not feeling anywhere near 100%.

My wife took one look at me when I came downstairs and said "Why don't you just sell your ticket and watch this on TV?" 

The look that I shot back needed no words to convey its meaning. 

No way that I'm missing this.  I may not make it through the whole game, but no way in hell I'm missing so much as a second of this ceremony.

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I assume they're going to be raising the banner around 7:45? I'm probably going to be running a little late.

management wants people in their seats at 6pm

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I'll probably cry tonight. My friend next to me is a more recent fan so I don't think he'll "get it", but I won't let that stop the water works haha..

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Lou coming back may be just as emotional as Brodeur.

The Devils need this game if they want to keep their heads above water. Things are starting to slip away from them. The Brodeur ceremony should give them a much needed shot in the arm.

6 is going to be tough. Lots of people still filing out of work and hopping on trains at that time.

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I don't think the team needs a shot in the arm...unfortunately, they don't pick up many extra points in shootouts (always hurts when you're a fringe team), and they're just not that good.  They also don't have the depth to overcome Cammalleri's latest injury vacation, especially since the guys who were scoring before are cooling off.  Great goaltending can only carry a team for so long when it's right around dead last in offense, and despite being up there in defense (thanks largely to Schneider's heroics), isn't really a great defensive team.  I'm terrified every time I see #44 on the ice now.

 

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Of course I start coming down with something (cold/sore throat) a few days before this event.  Left work early yesterday.  Came in late today.  Definitely not feeling anywhere near 100%.

My wife took one look at me when I came downstairs and said "Why don't you just sell your ticket and watch this on TV?" 

The look that I shot back needed no words to convey its meaning. 

No way that I'm missing this.  I may not make it through the whole game, but no way in hell I'm missing so much as a second of this ceremony.

lol I had a similar conversation with my parents when I came down with the flu before going to Game 7 of the SCF in 2003. Needless to say I went and stuck it out through the presentations.

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Thank God...

Tom Gulitti ‏@TGfireandice:

Hynes confirms Schneider will start tonight. Severson back in. Game time decision on which D sits.

It better be Gelinas...

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does anyone know if the ceremony is starting at 8pm or if it's before that?

It starts at 6:00. Game starts at 8:00.

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Lou coming back may be just as emotional as Brodeur.

The Devils need this game if they want to keep their heads above water. Things are starting to slip away from them. The Brodeur ceremony should give them a much needed shot in the arm.

6 is going to be tough. Lots of people still filing out of work and hopping on trains at that time.

There were so many people there YESTERDAY by 6 I don't think that'll be an issue except maybe for me. People don't make normal 7 PM games on time but there probably won't be an empty seat at 6 tonight lol

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Yeah, I imagine people will be doing all kinds of backflips to be sure they make it on time for this. My wife works every Tuesday night, but she put this on the work schedule as soon as they made the official announcement. Of course I realize not everyone is fortunate enough to have control over their schedule, though.

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Anybody here watch Marty's very first game?  I did (I was 21)...though my frat (ZBT) didn't have any actual fraternity house (I went to Montclair...there weren't any back in 1992), we had a few houses of 4-7 bros each, where we'd have parties, mixers, events, etc.  I wound up watching that game at one of those houses, with a frat bro who would later become one of my best friends (even though he's a Ranger fan).  I admit that I don't really remember much of the finer details of the game itself...part of that is because we were partaking in some herbal enhancements during the game...and though I have a pretty good memory, another part of it is that it was almost 24 friggin' years ago...and that I didn't anticipate that Marty would win 687 more games as a Devil after that one (hence I didn't immortalize the moment in my mental VCR).

Reason I ask is (and I could be wrong...I definitely can't recall specifics) that I kind of remember the commentators making it sound like Marty was more of this 19-year-old curiosity than the Devils' Goalie of the Future.  I don't remember them touting him or building him up all that much during the broadcast.     

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Put in to leave work at 12:00 today, because I know that would inevitably mean I don't really escape for another few hours. Leaving my office soon. I'm only a 19 minute train ride away

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was at 03 game 7 scf 

as a kid i was a fan of terreri so when this new guy took his spot i was bitter haha

lets go lesbian turtle!

 

 

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A lot of the reason Terreri was pretty popular (I liked him too) is that he was the underdog to Sean Burke, but kept outplaying him to the point where he finally started getting more playing time than Burke (though the Devils kept giving Burke every chance to be the #1).  But though Terreri was pretty good and extremely likable (he never bitched about Burke getting undeserved chance after undeserved chance at his expense), that's all he was...pretty good at best...it was becoming obvious the Devils could only go so far with him as their top goalie.  Guy was always a team player though...I remember him being nothing but supportive of Marty in 1993-94, even as it was becoming very clear that Marty was going to supplant him as the main guy very soon. 

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Terreri was pretty good for the era. Very quick, tracked the puck well...his real issue was size. 5'9 155? Not a chance. More like a shade under 5'8 so it was easy to find holes in him. If only he was a bit bigger he would've had a more distinguished career.

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Wish I could have taken a half day. Luckily I leave work at 3:30, so once the old man leaves work too, I'm shooting to be at the Rock by 5:15. 

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Wish I could have taken a half day. Luckily I leave work at 3:30, so once the old man leaves work too, I'm shooting to be at the Rock by 5:15. 

I'm going with my mother- I'm out at 3:00 and then I'm racing up to her office in Parsippany to meet her. Hoping to get there by 5 at the latest.

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my Marty story is pretty weird. My dad wasn't a hockey fan at all, and I grew up playing it but didn't really hVe a team or even watch the sport until I was 7 or 8. (1998ish?). My cousin, a year younger than me, was a huge Rangers fan. One day after school I went to his house to play NHL97, I think. He picked the Rangers, I asked him who their rival was, he said the Devils. If you had asked me before that game who my favorite team was, I'd say the Trenton Titans, that was the only game I'd ever been to. I played as the Devils and he out-shot me something silly, 50-12 or something, and I won. Looked up the goalie, Mart-in Bro-Dwewer? wrote that on a strip of stick tape on his goalie mask he had downstairs and would pretend to be "Brodwewer" when we'd play footy. A few weeks later my dad took me to my first Devils game. A season later I watched every game. 12 years and 3 cups later we became season ticket holders.

Tonight is so much more than a hockey game to me. It's the culmination of my growing up. Brodeur wasn't just a goalie, he was part of my family. When I failed a test I had Marty pitching a shutout to take my mind off of it. When I got dumped, Marty came back from injury with a 38 save shutout. When I got into my dream school, Marty made that sick glove save against the Flyers. I fell in love with my current girlfriend at a Marty-led playoff win against the panthers. He doesn't know me, and I don't know him, but he was next to me my entire life. 

I can't remember ever feeling this way about a person I've never met. I love Marty Brodeur, I love what he has given me as a sports fan. I love him in ways I won't ever love another sports figure. 

I will yell, sob, and scream until my throat runs dry tonight. 

Thank you, #30.

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