Memorable Draft Moment: Proud Dad Marty Selects Son Anthony Brodeur


Like Father Like Son: Proud Dad Martin Brodeur takes a photo with son Anthony Brodeur.
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If ever there was a surreal moment at Sunday’s NHL Draft, the stars aligned when the Devils had a special presentation in the seventh round. One of the best story lines was whether Anthony Brodeur  would get selected. The son of legend Martin Brodeur waited around until the 208th pick. In front of Devil leftovers at The Prudential Center, a memorable moment was created in the final round.

Dad made the special announcement, selecting teenage son Anthony at the Devils table. It’s amazing to think that Marty still plays and now had the honor of drafting his kid. It was like a scene out of a movie where there’s always a happy ending. No matter what the younger Brodeur accomplishes, he can always say he fulfilled a childhood dream. It’s easy to forget that not every kid has their name called. This was something no one will ever forget.

Father and son discussed an unforgettable day that included the elder Brodeur celebrating winning the cover of EA Sports NHL ’14.

After playing for famed hockey school Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep in Minnesota, Anthony Brodeur will move onto junior hockey where he’ll play for Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He admitted that as the draft went on, it got nerve wracking. In another ultra cool moment, they both spoke candidly about seeing Dad on NHL ’14. Marty was asked what if the Rangers had taken his son and he played it off coolly. Now, the Devils have the younger Brodeur and Stefan Matteau in their system. Who’d have believed it 19 years ago?

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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