NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will return to Montreal on Monday night with a heavy heart.
His father, Denis, bravely fought brain cancer for 19 months, but on Sept. 26 passed away at age 82 after a long battle.
Brodeur had grown accustomed to seeing his father, a renowned photographer working Montreal Canadiens games. Denis had photographed some of the most memorable images in NHL and hockey history.
The 41-year-old goaltender and the Devils will face the Canadiens on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Brodeur recently spoke to Tom Guiliti of the Record about his father.
“There was a lot of history there for my dad, so it’s definitely going to be different than other times that he was alive,” Brodeur said. “But that’s the way it is. When the puck comes at you, you don’t really think about it too much.”
Brodeur said he remembers always seeing Denis snapping photos. Denis always kept a close eye on his son.
“He was always sitting in the same spot, so it’s going to be a little different,” Brodeur told the paper.
As a player, Brodeur played at both The Forum and Bell Center in Montreal.
Through 15 games in the 2013-14 season, Brodeur, who many thought would lose his job to Cory Schneider, is 7-6-2 with a very solid 2.20 goals-against average.
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