Even though he only played a handful of games with the St. Louis Blues, the National Hockey League’s most successful goaltender ever is comfortable enough with the organization, and the city, to hang around a bit longer.
Martin Brodeur officially hung up his skates Thursday and accepted a front office job with the hockey team.
He is now senior advisor to the team’s General Manager Doug Armstrong, as the Blues prepare for a Stanley Cup push by relying on a new executive who did it all as a player.
“I’m here to help. I’m here to learn and I’m excited about it,” said Brodeur during a news conference at Scottrade Center on Thursday.
During his brief time as a Blues player, Brodeur felt valued in the locker room and doesn’t think it will be different with the move to the front office.
“I’m not dressing and taking shots in the head anymore. That’s the positive of it,” Brodeur joked.
St. Louis signed the future Hall-of-Famer in early December after the team’s top goaltender went down with an injury.
Brodeur posted three wins and three losses while in a Blues uniform and was squeezed out after goalie Brian Elliott returned.
“I’m committed to stay here through the end of the season, hopefully as long as we can, that’s for sure,” said Brodeur
“There’s no commitment one way or the other that I’ll go back to New Jersey or stay in St. Louis.”
Brodeur holds NHL records for most regular season wins, most playoff starts and most playoff shutouts.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist also won three Stanley Cups, all with the New Jersey Devils.
The Blues are hoping this year’s team will benefit from that experience as it shoots for its first championship.
“I’m really competitive, but I love to have fun. And I’m leaving the game with a big smile on my face.”