The 40-year-old New Jersey Devils legend is one of, if not the, best pure reactionary goaltenders in the history of the game, relying on instinct and experience to thrive on his skates throughout an era dominated by the butterfly and a trend towards dropping and blocking.
Brodeur’s equipment, however, has evolved over time.
While it also harkens back to another era with buckles around an open toe and tapering thigh rises, Brodeur has actually updated his gear significantly the last couple seasons.
Remember all those shots Brodeur seemed to be getting a piece – but not quite enough – of two seasons ago, pucks that trickled in off the edge of his glove?
Since then, Brodeur has gradually shifted from a glove that was only 42.5 inches when measured around the outer edge, to a glove built back up to the NHL maximum of 45 inches. His blocker, which was also one of the only ones still inches under the NHL limit for years, is also now up to modern-day specifications.
The October Edition of InGoal Magazine looked at the complete Modernization of Marty’s equipment.
The alterations include changes on his leg pads – especially with a knee stack, or landing gear, that was practically non-existent just two seasons ago – and a badly needed upgrade in his chest-and-arm protection.
There is also a sidebar on a little known way that Brodeur actually saved other butterfly goalies in the NHL from more significant equipment changes in the leg channel of their pads coming out of the last lockout.
You can read the rest of those details in the recent InGoal Magazine.