In Search of A Hero

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In Search Of A Hero

For my research paper, I considered investigating many different NHL goalies that have influenced me because I have been an Ice Hockey goalie for 3 years now and I decided to choose Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils because he is considered to be one of the best in the history of the game. I am interested in him because he has broken every record set by NHL goalies before him and has received several awards for his stellar play over the course of his career. His hybrid style, a mix of old and new techniques, is much different from any other goalie in the league and poses a challenge to other players that face him. His exceptional puck handling skills directly led the NHL to enforce a new rule, called the Brodeur Rule, that restricted when a goaltender can leave the net to handle the puck outside the crease.

He is best known for tolerating stress very well and having a strong mental focus during a game without cracking under pressure which sets a good example to young goalies of the future. I did not choose Martin Brodeur thinking he was a hero, but rather for his possession of the heroic qualities of determination and commitment which are very rare traits to find in people today. These traits can inspire us to reach our goals and succeed no matter what obstacles we may face.

Martin Brodeur was born on May 6th, 1972 in the popular hockey city of Montreal, Quebec. His father, Denis Brodeur also was a hockey goaltender and represented Canada at the 1956 Olympic games in Italy, bringing home a bronze medal. After his hockey career, he became a photographer for the Montreal Canadiens and attended every game and practice bringing Martin along with him when he was old enough. By this time, Martin was 6 ...

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