Congratulations are in order for New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who picked up his 500th career win with a 6-2 victory at Philadelphia. Brodeur is the second goalie in NHL history, after Patrick Roy (who retired with 551 wins), to reach the 500-win mark. Although it took Brodeur four games to get from 499 to 500, as the Devils have struggled this season, he’s still on track to pass Roy sometime next season.
It’s a pretty amazing feat. Consider that in baseball, Cy Young holds the all-time record for most wins with 511. The leaders among active players, Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux, have 354 and 347 wins respectively. That’s a record that won’t be broken. Brodeur and Roy are similarly ahead of the pack -- next in line is Dominik Hasek, with 367 wins.
Being the Flyers fan and occasionally snarky person that I am, I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention that Martin Brodeur made news in 2003 when his wife filed for divorce after he had an affair…with his sister-in-law. :shock: This led to a Tampa Bay fan’s sign at a 2003 Devils-Lightning playoff game: "Tickets to a Stanley Cup playoff game: $95. Alimony demanded from your wife: $9 million. Sex with your sister-in-law: Priceless."
To end on a more positive note, a pair of U.S.-born NHL players also reached milestones recently. Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars became the all-time leading point scorer among Americans, surpassing Phil Housley’s record with his 1,233rd career point in a game at San Jose on November 7. Three nights later, on the same ice, the Sharks’ Jeremy Roenick scored his 500th career goal against one of his former teams, the Phoenix Coyotes. He’s the third American to reach the 500-goal mark, behind Mike Modano and Joe Mullen. -- Joe Guckin