Martin Brodeur's All-Star Team…

Martin Brodeur writes, from time to time, his own column in a Quebec newspaper. In his latest column he decided to write down his own all-star team, composed of 4 offensive lines, 3 defense pairings and 2 goalies. I found it interesting enough to go ahead and transribe the article for people of the site, so it goes like this…(Journal de Québec / Journal de Montréal)

please excuse any syntax mistakes that can occur during the translation.

”I just lived another beautiful all-star weekend.

It’s always nice to meet again with players you learned to know with the years and that are now part of the NHL elite.

I only allowed 1 goal during the period I was playing and I was glad, especially because the East won the game.

You never want to look stupid in those offensive minded all-star games, nobody plays like he’s used to: players used to shoot alot as soon as they touch the puck normally, likes to pass the puck and have fun in the allstar game.

I thought about bringing you my own all-star team. Since 1992, I had the chance to play against or with great players.

To compose a team of 4 offensive lines, 3 defense pairings and 2 goalies is far from being easy, there are so many talented players in the league.


My first offensive line would be composed of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. Hard to find any better, isn’t it?

Here are 3 amazingly talented players that are making NHL goaltender become insomniacs.

Gretzky & Lemieux are the 2 best players of their era, nobody can argue that.

As for Jagr, he’s been criticized these past years but for a goaltender, I can tell you that he is almost impossible to figure out because of his immense talent. When in great shape, Jagr is hard to stop.


My 2nd line will maybe surprise you a little bit. It would be composed of Paul Kariya, Eric Lindros and Teemu Selanne.

These 3 players each had great seasons in the nineties. When he was at his best, before all the concussions, Lindros was intimidating because of his gritty style.


I’d then place 3 fabulous centers on my 3rd line: Mark Messier, Joe Sakic & Peter Forsberg.

Those 3 are great leaders who each won many Stanley Cups.

Messier is still very effective even at 43 years old and I was happy to see Joe Sakic get the MVP of the game on sunday, he’s still incredibly good on the ice. [note: no word about Forsberg in the article]


For my 4th line, I’d see the infamous Markus Naslund / Todd Bertuzzi duo with a center like Robert Lang, who’s by the way still fighting with Naslund for the scoring title of the league.

The choices are even harder when it comes to D.


The first name that pops into my head when I think of a defensemen is Raymond Bourque. He was the kind of defensemen that every goalie was dreaming for, a perfect player.

He’d be a good fit with Rob Blake, a defensemen that I liked very much when he was on my team in Salt Lake City.


For my second pairing, I’d definately put my current captian on the Devils, Scott Stevens. He is so strong, reliable and solid defensively. I’d like to put him with another teammate, Scott Niedermayer, but I can’t forget what Nicklas Lidtsrom did for Detroit in the past years, winning the Norris trophy several times.


Chris Pronger and Al MacInnis would be my choices for my last pair of defensemen.

Last but not least, the goaltenders.


What about Dominik HAsek and Patrick Roy? This dream team would be coached by Scotty Bowman & Jacques Lemaire, 2 coaches that I always admired.”

So that was the article… What do you guys think about his team?


26 Responses to Martin Brodeur's All-Star Team…

  1. avsfan19-33 says:

    Fine with me….there are six Avs on it. 🙂

  2. avsfan19-33 says:

    i mean 7 former Avs. 😉

  3. wheresthesoda says:

    crazy lines, most talented players in the world right there. proving that the new york rangers do not have all stars anymore, they have former all stars

  4. simplyhabby says:

    No Stevie Y? I would take lang out for him.

  5. avsfan19-33 says:

    He’s washed up.

  6. Petr89 says:

    As opposed to say, Gretzky, Messier, and Bourque?

  7. Nothingman says:

    I think he’s forgotten some of his greatest comtemporaries…











    It must’ve killed him not to put himself on the list, but you just know he’s at the very least the next goalie to be listed, which is definitely why he stuck with only 2 goalies on his list.

  8. dkball7 says:

    God has just spoken… heed to his words.

  9. Petr89 says:

    It’s kind of interesting to note that most of these guy’s you’re mentioning are Western Conference guys. Brodeur, playing in the Eastern Conference, clearly put more players on his team that he’s played against frequently. Same reasoning goes to his mentioning all the Avs who he’s seen in the playoffs.

  10. CechmanekForVezina says:

    He’s not looking so omniscent without Stevens now is he…

    4-1 BAYBEE

  11. Bretzky says:

    When did Brodeur see the Avs in the playoffs?

  12. Nothingman says:

    When Sakic, Bourque and Tanguay outlasted him in 2001.

  13. distance7 says:

    I’ll give Brodeur and the Devils this…they lost to the goalie with the coolest name for a goalie i’ve seen in a LONG time…and that is…

    ANTERO NIITTYMAKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He looks good so far.

  14. the_hockey_bandit says:

    Great team going by each players prime. This would a crazy lineup. I understand why Blake is up there I just don’t see him on the first pair, maybe the third, he is a liability when he jumps into the offensive rush. Good pairing though with Bourque, that would make up for some of his slacking in the neutral zone, big hits are his thing to show his presence here not d.

  15. GretzTML99 says:

    It’s too bad but in my opinion Brodeur, you now blow goats!!!!

    We’re just going to have to wipe our asses with you in the playoffs now. Go Leafs Go

    Da-na na na na na HEY da-na na

    Da-na na na na na HEY da-na na

    Da-na na na na na HEY da-na na

    We’re going to make you surrender like your mother nation.

  16. Killa_Bs says:

    What was the criteria for this all star team? If it was players still playing there are a few that shouldn’t be on it. If it was players who has played in the NHL at any time there are still some players that shouldn’t be on it – and more important some players that should be on it.

    I mean.. Robert Lang? No matter what he shouldn’t be on this list. Is he and Martin best friends these days?? It just doesn’t make sense.

    What about Bobby Orr? Steve Yzerman? Phil Esposito? Ron Francis? The list of players that would be on my all star team of all time goes on.

  17. Enigma says:

    Stevie Y in for Lang

    Brett Hull in for Sellanne

    Orr for MaCinnis

    Dryden For Hasek

  18. CechmanekForVezina says:

    Can you read? It’s players that Brodeur has played with or against. It wasn’t that hard to figure out if you knew, you know, English.

  19. devfanman4 says:

    those bastards!

  20. Lint07 says:

    I remember when Brodeur was the backup of Dryden for the Habs, poor him he was almost never playing because he was considered ”too young” and Dryden was really sharp.

    But that game he played against the Bruins, though. You know, the one that he stopped Bobby Orr coming to the net… What a glove save, my friend!

    duh! 😉

  21. aaron says:

    Replace Blake, Lang, and Selanne w/ Chelios, Yzerman, and Hull.

  22. dkball7 says:

    Its kinda tough to make a save when half of your goals against are due to your own player screaning you (with no one else around) or Erik Assmuffin scoring on the wrong net. 😉

  23. Killa_Bs says:

    OK, I was wrong. Still, it doesn’t explain why Lang is on the list. I don’t think anybody would say that Lang has been better than Steve Yzerman, Ron Francis or Adam Oates since 1992.

  24. aronb says:

    I assuming that Brodeur’s article was talking directly about players that he had played with or against. In response to some comments about players such as Orr not making the list. My persoal list would be.

    On Forward.

    Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier

    Francis, Yzerman, Hull

    Sakic,Forsberg, Jagr


    On Defense..




    and in net…

    P.Roy, D.Hasek.

    Not that all the players mentioned are not great, I just think some of them are to new coming in to their own, and some were just hype for a while.

  25. dkball7 says:

    Blow leafs blow you faggit!!!

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