The New Jersey Devils are hoping to raise longtime goaltender Martin Brodeur‘s No. 30 jersey to the rafters this season.
It’s just a matter of when.
“That’s the plan or the hope of the organization, but that’s certainly above me, probably,” Devils general manager Ray Shero told Fire & Ice.
The matter was raised when the Devils released their promotional dates for the upcoming season, which did not include a retirement ceremony for Brodeur.
“They’ve been working on it and it depends on Marty’s schedule and his kids and so forth,” Shero said after adding that the Devils will also look to honour longtime GM Lou Lamoriello. “But I think both sides want to shoot for this year if possible. I don’t want to speak for Marty, but that’s been the case from the team standpoint, trying to make it work.
“Obviously, that’s going to be a huge night for the organization, for him and his family.”
Brodeur spent more than two decades with the Devils after he was drafted by the club in the first round in 1990 and is one of the NHL’s most decorated goaltenders ever. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and nine-time All-Star led the league in wins nine times, and has four Vezina trophies to his name. He won 691 career NHL games and recorded 125 shutouts – both all-time league records.
Brodeur played seven games with the St. Louis Blues last year before officially hanging up his skates in January 2015 and taking a job in the Blues’ front office.