Goaltender Len Broderick played his only the only NHL game of his hockey career when he filled in as an emergency reserve in 1957. The 5'11 Broderick was earning a reputation as one of the top netminders in the OHA by posting 28 victories and a league-leading eight shutouts and 2.48 goals against average in the 1956-57 season. He also led the circuit in goals against during his third season with the Toronto Marlboro's, but it in was in the middle of that campaign that he received an urgent request to play goal for the Montreal Canadiens. Their superstar goaltender Jacques Plante was unavailable to play and Broderick stepped into the his shadow and guarded the crease for Les Habitants versus his hometown Maple Leafs on October 30, 1957.
Broderick filled in admirably by surrendering just two goals en route to a 6-2 victory for the Canadiens.
After one more season with the Marlboros, Broderick spent the 1959-60 season split between Senior hockey in Oakville and short stint playing professional with the St. Paul Saints.
Broderick didn't duplicate his NHL success with the Saints, however, and was victimized 16 times in just three games and retired from the game of hockey.