Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has returned to the franchise as their new executive vice-president of business development, following his departure from the St. Louis Blues.
Brodeur spent 21 years with the Devils and continues his association with the club, four years after leaving the National Hockey League (NHL) outfit for the St. Louis Blues, where he ended his illustrious playing career in 2015.
The 46-year-old’s new role will involve identifying business opportunities for the New Jersey Devils and their home at the Prudential Center, as well as developing community-based projects.
Speaking of his new role, Brodeur said: “It feels fantastic to be back home here in New Jersey. This unique opportunity will allow me to build on existing relationships in the business community and take on a new challenge in my career.
“Over 20 years in New Jersey, I was lucky enough to make connections that I can now use to help the Devils grow, not only in this area but beyond.”
Team president Hugh Weber added: “Our objective over the last five years has been to solidify the New Jersey Devils organisation as an agent of growth for our communities, our partners, and the great sport of hockey – on and off the ice.
“The fabric of this organisation was built over decades of Marty’s commitment to excellence. His everyday presence will have a profound effect with our fans, our partners, and the community.”
David Blitzer, founder and managing partner of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, added: “All of us as fans remember Marty’s greatest moments, the amazing saves, the salute after victories and of course, the three Stanley Cup Championships. Marty led his Devils teams to success on the ice and now will continue to do the same in the Boardroom. His experience, reputation and relationships will be an invaluable resource to the Devils organization.”
Following a career laden with honours, including three Stanley Cups and two Olympic golds, Brodeur most recently served as the assistant general manager of the St. Louis Blues post-retirement, where his contract expired at the end of last season.
This latest move continues Brodeur’s love affair with the Devils, as he returns to the place where his statue stands with his familiar victory salute, ahead of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.