Anthony Brodeur’s path to becoming a uOttawa Gee-Gee has been anything but linear.
The son of NHL all-time goaltender Martin Brodeur, Anthony’s hockey career began with a three-year stint at the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school in the states, followed by a decent rookie season in the QMJHL.
Then a sharp downturn. An ugly sophomore slump in a 2014-15 season split between Gatineau, where his .876 save-% drew the ire of many, and Drummondville, where he posted a slightly-improved .882 mark.
Disillusioned with hockey and seeking a new opportunity, Brodeur went west—to Penticton, British Columbia, home of the Jr. A ‘Vees’. Playing on a talented Penticton team with draft-eligible prospects Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro, Brodeur’s passion for the game was rekindled.
“I would say (playing in Penticton) was a big reason why I’m still playing hockey next year,” says Brodeur, who was drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, the longtime team of his legendary father. “We had a good, solid team this year and the experience made me fall in love with the game again.”
For Anthony, his last name is always a point of conversation. From the day the Devils drafted him late out of prep school, through the trying times in Gatineau where he lost his starter’s job, to an enjoyable junior-hockey curtain call with Penticton, the expectation of the last name Brodeur lingers.
“You try to put it aside when you’re playing, but it’s something I’ve been dealing with forever,” says the New Jersey native. “It’s a question people ask, or a name people bring up, but I try to do my own thing—nobody’s ever going to do what he did, and that’s why I’m just trying to do what I can to be successful.”
Which is why he is here. After setting off on a western adventure in his overage year, Brodeur spoke with a number of schools before settling on uOttawa. He knows the national capital region well and has an established social circle from his time in Gatineau.
“I saw they were rebuilding a program, and I’m pretty excited to be a part of it and try to make it a successful one,” says Brodeur, who posted stellar numbers behind a star-studded Penticton Vees team. “Being a goaltender, you have a big part in making a team solid.”
Regardless of whether he serves as a starter, jockeys for the starting job, or backs up, Brodeur’s reignited passion for the game, combined with his character, make him a quality signing going forward for Patrick Grandmaitre’s program.
— Carlos Verde