For the past couple of years now in the National Hockey League, many have compared the success of Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo to all-time great Martin Brodeur. Once Luongo replaced Brodeur in net for team Canada in the Olympics, the comparisons seemed to begin. In addition, both goaltenders are from the city of Montreal, which I understand does stir up comparsions between the two from the hockey country of Canada.
Many have said that Luongo looks better at 32, than Brodeur did at the same age. Luongo is quicker, has a better glove and feel for the puck. These were some of the arguments made by people that say Luongo is the better goaltender. But is Luongo really the better goaltender?
Let’s take a look at Martin Brodeurs records and accomplishments:
- Minutes Played in a Single Season: 4,697 (2006-07)
- Wins in a Single Season: 48 (2006-07)
- Consecutive 30 win seasons: 12 (1995-96 thrU 2007-08)
- 40 Win seasons: 8 (1997-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-2010)
- Shutouts in a Post-season Series: 3
- Combined Shutouts (Regular/Post-Season): 134 (112/22)
- All-Time Wins: 625
Broduer ranks first in all of the categories above. This alone should prove that Martin Brodueur is not only a better goaltender than Roberto Luongo- but perhaps the best goaltender of all-time.