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Brodeur: Beyond the Crease Hardcover – September 25, 2006

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Perhaps more than any other NHL player, Martin Brodeur takes cares of business - his own.
The Devils' three-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender severed ties with his agent, Gilles Lupien, in 1998 and has since negotiated his own deals, presumably including the one for his book: "Brodeur: Beyond the Crease."
Sprinkled throughout the 278 pages are details about salaries, contracts, the marketing of the league, his relationship with Devils front-office guru Lou Lamoriello and even his assessment of the Devils' new arena in Newark, due to open next season.
Brodeur writes that the new facility will have "two rinks, a gym, pool, luxury suites, basically everything we don't have now. You buy a ticket for $95 and still have to walk up 40 steps to get a drink."
Surely the Meadowlands execs will love to read that. But Brodeur, never shy on opinions, offers plenty of others.
Among them:
In the 1990 entry draft, Owen Nolan was selected first, then Petr Nedved, Keith Primeau, Mike Ricci and "some guy named Jagr. If the teams could do that draft all over, Jagr would have undoubtedly been the first pick and I'd like to think I would have gone a little higher [than 20th]."
On former Islander Ziggy Palffy: "Seems he had more breakaways against me than any other player. He often beat me with a low shot to the blocker. Once on a breakaway, I guessed right and stopped that shot. Then he put in the rebound."
On his technological savvy: During the lockout, he was contacted by the Russian teams Omsk and Ak Bars Kazan. So he checked out the cities on a Web site's live camera. His assessment: "They looked miserable." (Newsday, October 29, 2006)

From the Inside Flap

Martin Brodeur is a giant in the world of hockey. Every time he steps on the ice as the goaltender of the New Jersey devils, he either sets a new record or edges ever closer to some of the most prestigious netminding records in the history of the sport. Since the day in March 1992 when he was summoned from junior hockey to make his NHL debut, he has been about winning and defining how the position is played.

A three-time Stanley cup champion, he is the only goalie in NHL history with 10 seasons of 30 wins or more, and in 2006 he set a new mark for consecutive playoff starts by an NHL goalie.

The numbers speak for themselves, but what they cannot express is that Martin Brodeur is at the very heart and soul of the devils, and one of the team's greatest leaders. On the world stage, Brodeur traced his father's steps to the Olympics, and, when Canada finally ended a 50-year gold medal drought at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, it was Brodeur who stood tall in the crease.

In Brodeur: beyond the Crease, the game's best netminder takes a candid, personal look at his career, his sport and his journey to the apex of the modern game. He shares the rich hockey heritage of his family, and reveals what it's like to be a goalie in the 'new' NHL that emerged from the nearly disastrous lockout of 2004-05. He talks about being an integral part of the evolution of the New Jersey devils, once mocked as "a Mickey Mouse organization," into one of the game's most successful franchises, and about his unique relationship with Lou Lamoriello, the architect of the Devils' championship teams.

Brodeur also traces the highs and lows of Olympic competition; how he prepares for game day; the best NHL shooters he's ever faced and what it was like to score a goal himself in a Staley Cup playoff game. He reveals his thoughts and insights on being a Canadian and a Quebecer playing and living in the US; life as a father of four under the harsh spotlight of celebrity; his love of motorcycles and why, in the complicated and high-stakes world of pro sports dominated by accountants and agents, he chooses to stand alone and represent himself at contract time.

Brodeur: Beyond the Crease is a rare opportunity to understand the sport of hockey through the eyes of one of the game's most insightful athletes at the height of his abilities. With award-winning sports journalist Damien Cox, the top goalie in hockey takes us inside the game and beyond.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (September 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470838515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470838518
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wanted to read this book since it came out and wasn't able to find it anywhere but online. Anyways, being a huge Hockey fan, I wanted to read about one of the all time best goalies in the NHL. I could not put it down, I read the thing in two days. It was well written, interesting and insightful. Great mix of personal tidbits, Devil's history, and hockey info all in one. But not so much of any one thing to cause me to loose interest. I have always admired Brodeur, but after reading this book, I am now a Brodeur fan, (but still not a Devils fan.) Well worth the time and money on this book.
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This book is a behind the scenes look into the life of one of the best netminders ever... Brodeur.
He is pretty funny at times, serious at others but has a great attitude about the best game ever: hockey, and he has tips for other players to survive happily in his world. Overall, this book is entertaining and factual. The pictures are great, also.
If you are looking for a great piece of literature, look elsewhere. This is a biography by one of the best goaltenders ever to grace a net.
A very good read and worth every cent. I would recommend this book to anyone with team management in their life (home, work, etc.)
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Although Brodeur does raise up some interesting points about players roles in the new NHL (not just on the ice, but as partners in the league, marketing, salaries, etc), this book mostly just hovers in the "Why was this necessary?" realm.

Numerous stories and anecdotes are repeated throughout the book, and it also goes through extensive recaps of of the 2005-06 season. Not in a candid, behind the scenes kind of way either. Reads more like a newspaper recap (in turn because Toronto Sun beat writer Damien Cox did the actual writing of the book) than an insider's view of the NHL. There are a few interesting factoids about the life of an elite NHLer, but for the most part it's just standard fair. Also stumbles into "Martin Brodeur reviews the movies of Spring 2006" for a chapter.

This book is also poorly editted as numerous sentences are missing words and even a few typos.

All and all, I would recommend this book for a Devils/NHL fan with the precaution that it's a quick, easy read. Don't expect any inside dirt other than the occassional "When Roy said that it upset me" type of fair, and don't expect an indepth discussion about his divorce either. Not that it is necessarily our busniess, but I felt that it should be somewhat expected if someone is plunking down $25 to read his autobiography.

That's trivial. I know. Sorry. I'll stop being a hen now.
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I am a HUGE Marty Brodeur fan. I have a license plate that literally reads 'BRODEUR' and I live in Michigan. I rejoiced in '95 when Marty won his first cup over my local Detroit Red Wings. I celebrated in 2000 and 2003 with his 2nd and 3rd cups. I was heartbroken in 2001 when he lost in 7 games to Patrick Roy's Colorado Avalanche. I still get upset knowing Giguere won the Conn Smythe in 2003 when Marty set an NHL playoff record with seven shutouts, 3 in the Final and one in the decisive game 7. Most recently, I was proud, but saddened to see the Devils lose in six to the LA Kings this week. So, as you can tell, I'm a life-long Marty Brodeur fan.

This book, however, was not a very enjoyable read. I never even finished it. While there were SOME interesting tidbits in the book, I found the book to be basically an Excel spreadsheet in paragraph form. I found the book too bogged down with dates, stats and numbers to really be enjoyable. I didn't feel I got much insight into what Marty does that sets him apart from his peers.

I read (most of it) out of loyalty to Marty as he's my favorite pro-athlete, but I didn't find the book to be a very enjoyable read.

The book is only an 8 seed (and not an 8 seed like this years Kings team)...
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If you had to take one hockey goalie in a best-of-one, winner-take-all game between Earth and Mars for the right to survive, you might take Dominik Hasek or Patrick Roy or Terry Sawchuk.

If you had to take a goalie for a career, you might just take Martin Brodeur.

The New Jersey Devils goalie usually is good for at least 70 good games a season. He rarely gets hurt, and rarely has a bad game. Brodeur recently went past Roy's record for career NHL wins, and he'll probably have most of the other records for goalies by the time he is through.

Damien Cox, a very good Toronto journalist, got to know Brodeur a little bit and the two of them decided to write a book on what life is like for an active NHL star. It's an interesting approach, as most autobiographies come out after retirement. Does it work? Somewhat.

Brodeur comes across a thoughtful, intelligent person. He's made some interesting decisions over the years, one of which has been to stay with the Devils even though he might have made more money elsewhere. He's found a comfort zone, likes life in New Jersey, and thinks he can win more by staying right where he is. Hard to argue with that.

The book is structured around various points in his career for the most part, in no particular order. He reviews his childhood, the Olympics, Game Sevens of Stanley Cup Finals, the lockout, etc. The 2005-06 season gets the most coverage, as you'd expect, but not overwhelmingly so. There is a little redundancy to the chapters about that season, probably due to interviews at separate times.

There are a couple of problems here that are difficult to overcome. Brodeur may be a good observer, but there aren't a great many laughs, or even interesting personality traits about others, to be found here.
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