Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Richard Brodeur
Richard Brodeur tended goal in the mold of the prototypical little backstopper with razor-sharp reflexes and the agility to leap, flop, and stretch to cover holes that don't exist for larger goalies. And although some would resent being so small, Brodeur simply considered his size and style of play to be as valid as any other. The key was to keep the puck out of the net, a task he handled quite well throughout most of his career.

He played junior hockey for the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL from 1970 to 1972. In 1972, Brodeur was selected by the New York Islanders in the Amateur Draft. He opted instead, however, to join the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA. Over the seven seasons that followed he tasted pro hockey in all of its twists and turns. He faced a whole range of talents from amateurs to Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull.

In 1975-76, he experienced his best season as a professional by leading the WHA in games played at 69 and games won at 44. But as the Nordiques joined the NHL in 1979-80, Brodeur was left unprotected with his rights reverting to the Islanders. By then, however, they were filled to the brim with Billy Smith and Chico Resch between their pipes. As a result, Brodeur was sent to the minors where he toiled until the Vancouver Canucks picked him up in 1980.

In his second season on the West Coast, the little backstopper became a giant known as "King Richard" as he led his club on an extraordinary playoff run to the finals against the powerful New York Islanders. Canucks fans began to wave white towels yelling for "King Richard" to lead the way. The effort was valiant, though the Isles prevailed.

Brodeur remained as a stalwart Canuck until 1987-88. At that time, he was demoted to the AHL for a short stint before being traded to the Hartford Whalers. He appeared in only six games with the club to finish the season. He came back for one more go the following year, but retired after only six games with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL in 1988.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1970-71 Verdun Maple Leafs QMJHL 7 2 4 0 0 7.73
1970-71 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 36 17 16 0 0 4.33
1971-72 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 58 43 13 2 4 2.91 16 12 3 1 0 2.72
1971-72 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 3 2 1 0 1 1.34
1972-73 Quebec Nordiques WHA 24 5 14 2 0 4.75
1973-74 Quebec Nordiques WHA 30 15 12 1 1 3.32
1973-74 Maine Nordiques NAHL 16 10 5 1 0 3.04
1974-75 Quebec Nordiques WHA 51 29 21 0 0 3.84 15 8 7 0 1 3.18
1975-76 Quebec Nordiques WHA 69 44 21 2 2 3.69 5 1 4 0 0 4.41
1976-77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 53 29 18 2 2 3.45 17 12 5 0 1 3.28
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 36 18 15 2 0 3.70 11 5 5 0 1 3.67
1978-79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 42 25 13 3 3 3.11 3 0 2 0 0 7.37
1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 2 1 0 0 0 4.50
1979-80 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 46 22 19 5 4 2.88 6 3 3 0 1 2.02
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 17 18 16 0 3.51 3 0 3 0 4.22
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 20 18 12 2 3.35 17 11 6 0 2.70
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 58 21 26 8 0 3.79 3 0 3 0 4.04
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 36 10 21 5 1 4.01 4 1 3 1 3.24
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 16 27 6 0 4.67
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 4 3 0 1 0 3.13
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 19 32 8 2 4.07 2 0 2 0 6.00
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 20 25 5 1 3.59
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 3 6 2 0 4.39
1987-88 Fredericton Express AHL 2 0 1 0 0 4.85
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 6 4 2 0 0 2.65 4 1 3 0 3.60
1988-89 Binghamton Whalers AHL 6 1 2 0 0 5.68
NHL Totals 385 131 175 62 6 3.85 33 13 20 1 3.31


Jacques Plante Trophy (Best Goaltender - QMJHL) (1972)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1972)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP) (1972)
WHA Second All-Star Team (1979)
CHL First All-Star Team (1980)
Terry Sawchuk Trophy (fewest goals against - CHL) (1980) (shared with Jim Park)
Selected by Quebec (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Reclaimed by NY Islanders from Quebec prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed as a priority selection by Quebec, June 9, 1979. Traded to NY Islanders by Quebec for Goran Hogasta, August, 1979. Traded to Vancouver by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Moe Lemay) in 1981 Entry Draft for Vancouver's 5th round choice (Jacques Sylvestre) in 1981 Entry Draft, October 6, 1980. Traded to Hartford by Vancouver for Steve Weeks, March 8, 1988.