This Day In Sports History (December 21st) – Martin Brodeur
It was on this day in 2009 that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur recorded his 104th regular season shutout. As a result, Brodeur broke the record for most career shutouts, which was previously held by Terry Sawchuk.
Terry Sawchuk’s record lasted nearly 40 years and at the time of his retirement many experts believed it was untouchable. However, in 1991 Martin Brodeur began his brilliant career and set out to break all major goaltending records. Brodeur has stayed healthy throughout the majority of his career and has spent most of his years as part of a winning organization, which were key factors helping him break this record. In addition to his shutout record, Brodeur also has the most career wins, most career playoff shutouts, most games played and most minutes played.
In today’s NHL, many teams utilize a two-goalie system where each goaltender plays a significant amount of games, which will make Brodeur’s records incredibly tough to surpass. Roberto Luongo’s 60 shutouts are the second most among active goaltenders, but seeing as how he still sits 56 shutouts behind Brodeur’s 116, it appears as though Marty’s record should be safe for a significant period of time.
Here is Brodeur earning his 104th career shutout.
Tom Henke, MLB – Born December 21st 1957 (age 55) in Kansas City, Missouri
LaTroy Hawkins, MLB – Born December 21st 1972 (age 40) in Gary, Indiana
Mike Alstott, NFL – Born December 21st 1973 (age 39) in Joliet, Illinois