Live From the Nosebleeds: Brodeur’s third career goal, “Yes I Can” pulls at your heart strings, and hockey parents embarrass hockey


Martin Brodeur, the longtime goaltender of the New Jersey Devils, has been around the NHL for  many, many years. I would bet that his is one of the few names (along with maybe Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux) you could mention to people who don’t watch hockey, and they will have at least heard of him. By playing hockey for that long, you are bound to witness some pretty strange plays. One such play would be what happened during the game on March 21st, against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The rules of hockey are made in such a way that there is no such thing as an own-goal, like in soccer. Instead, the goal goes to the last player on the scoring team to have touched the puck. Patrick Dwyer of the Hurricanes shoots, and Brodeur stops the puck and angles it into the corner. Jordan Staal of the Hurricanes then passes it back to the blueline, but no one is there to receive the pass. It slides all the way down to the empty net, meaning the goal is technically Brodeur’s goal. That was his 3rd career goal, the most by any goaltender.

The strangest part of all this? It counts as a power play goal.

The New Jersey Devils were on a Power play already. However, there was a delayed penalty against them, and that is why Dan Ellis (the Hurricane’s goaltender) was not in the net; he was on his way to the bench so that the extra attacker can go on. But because the puck went in before Ellis got to the bench, there was technically only 4 “skaters” for the hurricanes on the ice, so it is still a power play for the Devils. That is the second power play goal scored by a goalie, the first being by Evgeni Nabokov in 2002.


Every now and then, there’s a story or video that comes by that just makes your heart want to sing. This is one of those videos.

This was a moment from the annual Special Hockey International Tournament. It is a heartwarming moment, one that anyone can appreciate. It really brings out the true essence of the sport.  There is nothing sweeter that seeing one child help another when they are have a difficult time. Even after the big defenseman pushed the puck away (with a great poke check), his little buddy went to get the puck back, neither player giving up! I also enjoyed the goalie making a dramatic non-save, and then everyone celebrating with the player afterwards. It was one of the greatest videos I’ve seen in a while.

When I was assistant coach for a pre-novice hockey team, there was a mentally handicapped child on the team. The other players were extremely helpful and encouraging at all times with him. Even when he would be in the wrong place at the face off or go the wrong way with the puck, none of the players ever got angry with him. They just showed him in the right direction and told him to keep skating! It was amazing to see kids be so compassionate with one another. Sometimes, we really can learn from kids (cheesy, but true).


As I said, every now and then there’s a story that makes your heart want to sing. This is NOT one of those videos. Be warned, there’s some foul language and mild violence.

This is exactly the kind of crap that makes hockey parents look like complete nut jobs. It’s infuriating that people are able to take  a hockey game among children and turn it into a street brawl. The police are investigating in incident, which is exactly what should happen.  There’s no room for in this any sport, and people need to be held more accountable for when these incidents happen. I know that this is a rare incident, and most of the time people can enjoy the game without throwing punches. However, it still happens way too often. Apparently alcohol was involved (no surprise there), and by the time police showed up the fight was over. Are we really going to have to have police surveillance at minor hockey games to make sure the parents don’t start fights? It’s ridiculous. The same two teams played each other the next week with no incidents, but still. It’s dumb that it happens in the first place.

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