Martin Brodeur’s Retirement Starts the Never-Ending Debate on NHL Great’s Legacy

January 27th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

It's a debate that will rage (or at least, exist) as long as a lot of us live.

Who is the best goaltender in the history of the NHL—Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy or Dominik Hasek?

With Brodeur set to announce his retirement from the St. Louis Blues (still weird to type) on Thursday, we can finally look at the careers of all three goaltenders and see how each measures against the others.

I'm at an age where I can say I got to watch the careers of all three pretty closely, although not entirely professionally. I was six when Roy was a rookie, 12 when Hasek was a rookie and 15 when Brodeur got his start in the NHL. The only one I covered professionally was Brodeur, so it's not as though I have this perfect, analytical perspective on who truly was the best goaltender of the bunch.

While there is plenty of overlap between their careers, Roy broke into a much different league than Brodeur, so there's a fair bit of apples and oranges in this popular topic.

Here's a look at the pertinent career numbers for all three goaltenders.

Some notes about those statistics to put them in a ...

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