Date of Birth:  May 6, 1972
 Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  6'2"
 Weight: 210 lbs

Martin Brodeur may have grown up in Montreal idolizing Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy, but in the end he's become one of the best to ever mind the nets himself.

A three-time Stanley Cup winner (1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03) with the New Jersey Devils, and the winner of the NHL's last two Vezina trophies (2002-03, 2003-04), Brodeur comes to Turin as one of Canada's most dependable veterans.

Four years ago in Salt Lake City, the butterfly netminder actually entered the Olympic tournament as Curtis Joseph's backup. However, a below-average showing by "Cujo" in the opening game against Sweden gave Brodeur his shot. One game later, the new starter clutched the starter's job and would never relinquish it, snuffing out the goaltending controversy quickly. Brodeur would play the next five games getting better each time out. In the final against Team USA, he would make 31 saves on 33 shots leading Canada to a 5-2 win.

Two years later, Brodeur would once again be called upon to play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in 2004. He would play five games, winning all of them, before being forced from his usual starter's role by an injury. Roberto Luongo would fill in for him in the final against the Czech Republic, as Canada won 4-3 in overtime to earn the hockey-mad Canucks another gold medal.

An eight-time all-star over 12 NHL seasons, Brodeur is the kind of goalie that feeds off a heavy workload. Over the past six seasons, he has averaged between 72 and 73 starts per year. His numbers will likely be down in 2005-06 since a knee injury caused him to miss some playing time early in the season. Moreover, he has also been adversely effected by some internal team issues, particularly the loss of blueline stalwarts Scott Stevens to retirement and Scott Niedermayer, who chose to sign with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Selected as the 20th pick of the first round in the 1990 NHL entry draft by the Devils, Brodeur has over the years come to symbolize what it means to be a winner at sport's highest level. It is precisely this quality his teammates will be counting on when they step on the ice in front of him in Turin in 2006.

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