New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur is excited about the opportunity to finally play in an outdoor regular-season game as they take on the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
“I think it’s a fun environment to be around,” Brodeur said. “The fact we’re talking about it, the fact we’re going to be able to spend a day there practicing [on Saturday] and relaxing and having fun with our family, is great.”
Brodeur, who is in his 20th season, said it will be exciting for a lot of people to be part of an outdoor game, which he enjoyed during his youth.
“Every local park had its own ice rink in Montreal; you walk half-a-mile and there’s a rink outside,” Brodeur said. “So we played every single day, sometimes twice a day. We’d come back after dinner and play under the lights.”
The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 17 of the past 24 meetings. The Rangers have registered a point in 27 of their last 38 games against the Devils since 2007-08 (23-11-4).
Brodeur’s next victory against the Rangers will be the 50th of his career. He is currently 49-30-5 with 15 ties and nine shutouts in 99 career regular-season games against the Hudson River rival.
The Devils have won the first three games of the five-game series against the Rangers this season and Brodeur has manned the cage for two of the three triumphs.
Martin’s son, Anthony, knows playing an outdoor game is one event that has eluded his father, until now.
“It’s going to be awesome; it’s one of those things that not many people get the chance to do and it’s one of the only things I haven’t seen him do yet,” Anthony said. “It would have been pretty cool to be able to attend.”
The 19-year-old Anthony Brodeur, who was picked by the Devils, is 10-8-2 with a 2.85 goals-against average, .889 save percentage and one shutout as a rookie for the Gatineau Olympiques this year.