There was a trio of Brodeur’s on the ice for the New Jersey Devils’ first day of rookie camp, and none of them were named Martin. Anthony, William, and Jeremy Brodeur, sons of the Devils legend, are taking a part in the rookie camp while their father navigates free agency. Anthony Brodeur was famously drafted by his father at the 2013 Draft in front of a cheering home crowd at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.
William (left) and Anthony Brodeur pic.twitter.com/F2cCkG0hvz
— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) July 14, 2014
Like dad, Anthony and Jeremy started as forwards, but soon found their place between the pipes. Only William remained up front. In an interview with The Hockey Guys, William said he preferred to play forward because enjoyed the fun that came with scoring. Jeremy selected goal not to follow in his father’s footsteps, but mainly because the offensive side of the game just did not come to him naturally. He played one year up front and scored one goal. Only Anthony fell in love with being in the crease right from the start.
The Star Ledger’s Rich Chere live tweeted the first day of the rookie camp, and provided several photos of William taking shots on his brothers. One could only imagine the Doc Emrick call of Brodeur streaking up the ice, only for Brodeur to “waffle-board” it aside.
Devils fans will have to come to terms with Martin Brodeur potentially playing in another uniform this season, but it is nice to see that his legacy in New Jersey lives on through his sons. While Anthony and Jeremy Brodeur may be far from being ready to start for the Devils, there is hope that hockey fans haven’t seen a Brodeur in the Devils crease for that last time. The only way the first day of rookie camp could have been better for Devils fans was if Brodeur No. 30 joined his three sons on the ice.