Martin Brodeur is one of only a handful of players who has participated in all four Olympic Games with NHLers.
Now the legendary goaltender is considering the possibility of suiting up for Team Canada for a fifth time at the 2014 Sochi Games.
“Now, we’re getting closer and I’m still playing. I didn’t even know if I would be playing in 2014 and I will be playing next year. So if they feel like I’m still capable of helping them out in any way, for me it’s a great honour to be a part of Team Canada,” said Brodeur.
The 40-year-old netminder, who has recorded an NHL record 663 wins, understands that he may be pushed out of the starter’s job by younger goalies such as Carey Price or Marc-Andre Fleury.
“It would be great, but I understand that in my position it’s a little harder than a forward,” explained Brodeur. “You have a lot of young goalies who are coming up and are really successful that deserve to be there or to be considered before I do just because of my age. If I’m able to compete as well as anybody, you never know.”
Brodeur was contemplating retirement last season, before his Devils team made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup final. He signed a two-year deal with New Jersey in early July and this week, he confirmed that he plans to return to the NHL for the 2013-14 season.
“I’m enjoying myself and I don’t feel the pressure that I used to when I was younger. I’m just really enjoying it and I’m having fun,” added Brodeur. “The playoffs were a lot of fun and that’s the reason why I wanted to come back. I was anxious to come back after the lockout ended. I was really happy and so far it’s been fun again. If it keeps being like that and I’m still able to stop the puck once in a while, I’ll keep coming back.”