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Denis Brodeur, legendary photographer and Martin’s father, dies at 82

Sep 26, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

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Denis Brodeur, the father of future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur, has died at the age of 82.

Denis may be famous for being Martin’s father, but his own career as a sports photographer made him a legend in his own right. As Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice shares, after playing as a goalie in the 1950s, Denis’ photography became his legacy.

After his playing career, Denis went on to become an accomplished sports photographer, working for the Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Expos. In 2006, the NHL purchased much of Denis Brodeur’s photography portfolio—more than 110,000 photos covering 40 years of hockey. Denis kept all his photos of his son, though.

Martin will miss tonight’s preseason game against Philadelphia as he flew home this afternoon to be with his father before he passed. Denis was a member of the 1956 Canadian Olympic team that won bronze at the Cortina D’Ampezzo games in Italy.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello offered this statement on Denis’ passing:

“The entire New Jersey Devils organization is tremendously saddened by the loss of Denis Brodeur, Sr.” Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement released by the team. “The Brodeurs have been part of the Devils’ family for over 23 years. Denis proudly dedicated his life, on and off the ice, to the game of hockey and for that he will be fondly remembered. Our thoughts and prayers, right now, are with Martin and his family. We ask that you respect the privacy of Martin and his family at this time.”

  1. esracerx46 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    RIP Glad he got to see his son draft his grandson. Must have been a special day for him.

  2. joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Dang! This hits real close to home. Terrible news today. RIP Denis. This great great Montreal sports family has just lost a huge piece and legendary sports figure. I hope everyone can stay strong during this difficult time.

  3. banger60 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    R.I.P., former fan Utica Devils, Marty’s former AHL team.

  4. sjsharks66 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Rip! Sad, sad news.

  5. amityvillefun - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Deepest condolences to the Brodeur family. Nothing can ever prepare you for losing a parent. I’m sure Marty has made his father very proud and I hope Denis went with as little suffering as possible.

    • amityvillefun - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      What kind of miserable person would “thumbs down” a message of condolence for a guy that lost his father? You got some serious issues. Do you go to funerals and laugh or something?

      Did the Brodeur family do something to you personally? Or do you just get off on being unhappy?

      I highly recommend you seeking therapy if you lack basic human compassion.

      • stcrowe - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        A troll. Probably some pimply 13 year old. Don’t take the bait.

  6. amityvillefun - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Oh, I get it. Mr Thumbsdown wasn’t hugged enough as a child or didn’t get that Big Wheel for Xmas one year.

    Well, I hope him and his pimples are pleased. Take out your anger on your zombie video games kid and have some respect for the dead.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Sad to hear…thoughts and prayers out to Marty and his family

  8. phinfan527 - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    RIP Denis. Sure Marty will keep family close for support.

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