He led his team to the Stanley Cup three times and is the only goalie in the NHL with 10 seasons of 30 or more wins. A nine-time All-Star, he has won the Jennings Award, given to the goalies of the team allowing the fewest goals during the regular season, five times and is a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goalie in the league. The Quebec-born Brodeur whose father, Denis, was also a professional goalie writes primarily about his professional experiences. But he seems to share equal pride in representing Canada in the Olympics in , and , although that pride is tempered by disappointing results in Turin, where the team failed to win a medal. With all that time on his hands during the lockout that canceled the entire season, Brodeur does a good job of capturing the frustration of an aging athlete i. The players had to make a lot of concessions that hit them in the wallet.
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He is the number-one goalie in the game today, and one of the greatest goaltenders of the modern age. He has been netminder for the New Jersey Devils for 13 years, leading them to three Stanley Cup victories and winning numerous individual awards in the process, including two Vezina trophies.
He is rated as the fourth most popular and recognizable hockey player of all time after Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux. In association with award-winning sports journalist Damien Cox, the top goalie in the game takes us inside the game and beyond, to reveal the man behind the mask.
Customer Book Reviews Better then I expected. Anyways, being a huge Hockey fan, I wanted to read about one of the all time best goalies in the NHL. I could not put it down, I read the thing in two days. It was well written, interesting and insightful. But not so much of any one thing to cause me to loose interest. I have always admired Brodeur, but after reading this book, I am now a Brodeur fan, but still not a Devils fan. Well worth the time and money on this book. No more or less than what one would expect out of this type of book.
By Adam R. Jones on Dec 10, Although Brodeur does raise up some interesting points about players roles in the new NHL not just on the ice, but as partners in the league, marketing, salaries, etc , this book mostly just hovers in the "Why was this necessary? Numerous stories and anecdotes are repeated throughout the book, and it also goes through extensive recaps of of the season.
Not in a candid, behind the scenes kind of way either. Also stumbles into "Martin Brodeur reviews the movies of Spring " for a chapter. This book is also poorly editted as numerous sentences are missing words and even a few typos. I know. Great Book By J. Patalsky on Oct 12, This book is a behind the scenes look into the life of one of the best netminders ever He is pretty funny at times, serious at others but has a great attitude about the best game ever: hockey, and he has tips for other players to survive happily in his world.
Overall, this book is entertaining and factual. The pictures are great, also. If you are looking for a great piece of literature, look elsewhere. This is a biography by one of the best goaltenders ever to grace a net. A very good read and worth every cent. I would recommend this book to anyone with team management in their life home, work, etc. A very boring, misleading book By Matthew Lerner on Jan 15, I bought this book as a present for a family member and ended up reading it myself.
What a terrible book. I expected it to be an autobiography of Brodeur, stretching his entire life. Instead, it focused mostly on the seaon, and talked mostly about events relating to hockey, with little personal information. Nearly everything written could have easily been found online or in newspapers. I personally wish that there was more of his "routine" type stuff in the book, but that is just my bias as a hockey player also- wanting to know what he does.
It goes into it a bit, but not enough for me! Autobiography from one of the greatest NHL goaltenders By Bookreporter on May 29, In hockey parlance, the "crease" is the small rectangular area in front of the goal, defended by the goalie like a junkyard dog. He led his team to the Stanley Cup three times and is the only goalie in the NHL with 10 seasons of 30 or more wins.
A nine-time All-Star, he has won the Jennings Award, given to the goalies of the team allowing the fewest goals during the regular season, five times and is a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goalie in the league. The Quebec-born Brodeur whose father, Denis, was also a professional goalie writes primarily about his professional experiences.
But he seems to share equal pride in representing Canada in the Olympics in , and , although that pride is tempered by disappointing results in Turin, where the team failed to win a medal. With all that time on his hands during the lockout that canceled the entire season, Brodeur does a good job of capturing the frustration of an aging athlete i. The players had to make a lot of concessions that hit them in the wallet. He also makes clear his displeasure with decisions made by the league to promote individual stars at the expense of the teams.
The timing of the situation he received the divorce papers during the playoffs just added to the melodrama. Overall, however, his home life seems sedate, especially in the age of "bling" and celebrity conspicuous consumption.
Marion on May 22, A really great book about the hockey career of the best goalie ever to play in the NHL and perhaps the world. A great read and a must have for Devils fans everywhere. Good Read!! By Mike on Mar 07, I enjoyed reading this book.
I could understand why some other reviewers wanted a more in-depth look on his life. He does seem to recount the lockout and salary caps several times throughout the book, but I think he was only doing that to place an emphasis on how much the league has changed since the non-existant season.
There are many facts that I did not know about. He does mention his family, where he grew up, where he lives know, some pre-grame playoff routines,his relationship with the Devils owner, as well as other information that most may not know. It is an interesting book. It captured my attention all the way through!! Falls a little short By Wdx2bb on Dec 17, If you had to take one hockey goalie in a best-of-one, winner-take-all game between Earth and Mars for the right to survive, you might take Dominik Hasek or Patrick Roy or Terry Sawchuk.
If you had to take a goalie for a career, you might just take Martin Brodeur. The New Jersey Devils goalie usually is good for at least 70 good games a season.
He rarely gets hurt, and rarely has a bad game. Damien Cox, a very good Toronto journalist, got to know Brodeur a little bit and the two of them decided to write a book on what life is like for an active NHL star.
Does it work? Brodeur comes across a thoughtful, intelligent person. Hard to argue with that. The book is structured around various points in his career for the most part, in no particular order. There is a little redundancy to the chapters about that season, probably due to interviews at separate times.
There are a couple of problems here that are difficult to overcome. It would have been nice for the Devils to reach the Finals, journalistically speaking. New Jersey started the regular season slowly and caught fire, winning the division, but lost to Carolina. The rest of us may be left thinking that waiting until retirement before writing an autobiography might have been a better idea.
Romano on Dec 28, A must read for any Devils or Brodeur fan. A good read for any hockey fan in general. Gives an interesting inside view of the team and league through the eyes of a player over the last few years.
Too many numbers, too little narrative By Andrea M. I celebrated in and with his 2nd and 3rd cups. I still get upset knowing Giguere won the Conn Smythe in when Marty set an NHL playoff record with seven shutouts, 3 in the Final and one in the decisive game 7.
This book, however, was not a very enjoyable read. I never even finished it. While there were SOME interesting tidbits in the book, I found the book to be basically an Excel spreadsheet in paragraph form. I found the book too bogged down with dates, stats and numbers to really be enjoyable. The book is only an 8 seed and not an 8 seed like this years Kings team This is a far far better read than the Crosby book out now and is probably due to the fact the best hockey writer around, Damien Cox, was involved.
Absolute must-read for any hockey fan. I really enjoyed it plus it made a good gift for my hockey player son! This particular edition is in a Paperback format. It was published by Wiley and has a total of pages in the book.
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BRODEUR Beyond the Crease
Dear Mr. I truly admire the fact that you took the reader through the times of your life when good things happened and then not so good things happened. Being a NHL hockey goalie and winning many awards is a very interesting life, and by publishing this book you let people learn what it is really like. What I liked about your book was that you took us through your childhood of playing hockey to the time in your adulthood when you were in the NHL. You show us how hard you have to work to get what you want to achieve and if you work as hard as you do you will get it. You also let us know about your life outside of hockey. You and your father have a great relationship and you were both a goalies at your times.
Brodeur : beyond the crease
Brodeur: Beyond the Crease