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Son of legendary goalie to reside between the pipes for rebuilt Gees

On May 9, the Gee-Gees men’s hockey team addressed their biggest roster need prior to their fall return. The team’s first goaltender recruit also materialized as their landmark signing for the newly rebuilt team.

Anthony Brodeur, a 20-year-old former NHL draft pick from Newark, N.J. headlines the 2016 class for the Gees. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he comes from good goaltending stock—his father, Martin Brodeur, is hailed by many as the best goalie in NHL history after a long career with the New Jersey Devils.

The new Gee-Gee was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 draft by the Devils, and his selection made the rounds in the media after his father was allowed to announce his pick.

For Brodeur, suiting up in the garnet and grey will mark his return to the National Capital Region after playing two seasons for the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2013 to 2015.

Although a career in the NHL didn’t work out for Brodeur, he had a remarkable season playing junior hockey in British Colombia last year with the Penticton Vees, posting a 28-2 win/loss record with a 1.99 goals against average, as well as .931 save percentage, and three shutouts.

“The best fit for me was in Ottawa,” Brodeur told Sports Services. “With it being a great school academically, and the hockey program restarting, it’s a good scenario to be a part of.”

With Brodeur and newly committed forward Jacob Harris from the Ontario Hockey League, the Gee-Gees are beginning to stack up higher-tier prospects from top leagues across Canada.

Brodeur represents the team’s 12th recruit, and the coaching staff will remain diligent over the summer months as they add more players to the roster ahead of their October return.