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Brodeur: Beyond the Crease Hardcover – September 25, 2006


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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: 1.2 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

It was well written, interesting and insightful.
Chris Tasker
A really great book about the hockey career of the best goalie ever to play in the NHL and perhaps the world.
Richard B. Marion
I found the book too bogged down with dates, stats and numbers to really be enjoyable.
Andrea M. Davis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Tasker on May 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Patalsky on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adam R. Jones on December 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Lerner on January 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a present for a family member and ended up reading it myself. What a terrible book. I expected it to be an autobiography of Brodeur, stretching his entire life. Instead, it focused mostly on the 2005-06 seaon, and talked mostly about events relating to hockey, with little personal information. Nearly everything written could have easily been found online or in newspapers. I was also disgusted by several factual errors (I counted at least 3 glaring errors, and that was without looking for them; I'm sure there were more). I'm sorry I wasted money on this book, and feel sorry for the person I bought it for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Romano on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A must read for any Devils or Brodeur fan. A good read for any hockey fan in general. Gives an interesting inside view of the team and league through the eyes of a player over the last few years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Debb on October 8, 2007
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If your a Brodeur fan, you'll enjoy the book. It's an easy read. I personally wish that there was more of his "routine" type stuff in the book, but that is just my bias as a hockey player also- wanting to know what he does. It goes into it a bit, but not enough for me! Other than that, it goes into more detail in some places relative to others, so sometimes it's overkill sometimes you want a lot more, but overall, worth it to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading this book. I could understand why some other reviewers wanted a more in-depth look on his life. Brodeur doesn't divulge every little piece of information about his personal life, but sort of mentions some personal turmoil briefly, and then moves on. He does seem to recount the lockout and salary caps several times throughout the book, but I think he was only doing that to place an emphasis on how much the league has changed since the non-existant 04-05 season. There are many facts that I did not know about. He does mention his family, where he grew up, where he lives know, some pre-grame playoff routines,his relationship with the Devils owner, as well as other information that most may not know. It is an interesting book. It captured my attention all the way through!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gardien25 on January 11, 2007
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good account of current NHL goaltenders, teammates, contract status and game history...
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