It is with a heavy heart Hockey Canada acknowledges the passing of Denis Brodeur, who died Thursday at the age of 82.
Brodeur backstopped Canada at the 1956 Olympic Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, sharing time in the Canadian goal with Keith Woodall. He appeared in four games, finishing with a 3-1 record, one shutout and a 2.00 goals-against average, helping the Canadians to a bronze medal.
He helped the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen to the Allan Cup, Canada’s National Senior Championship, in 1955, a victory that allowed them to represent Canada at the Olympics in Italy.
Following his playing career, Brodeur became one of the most celebrated photographers in hockey, covering the Montreal Canadiens for decades, first as a newspaper man and then as the team’s official photographer.
In 1972, Brodeur was one of two photographers who captured Paul Henderson’s iconic game-winning goal in the dying seconds of Game 8 of the Summit Series.
He was the father of goaltender Martin Brodeur, a four-time Olympian and two-time gold medallist with Team Canada, who had the words “Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956” and “Salt Lake City 2002” inscribed on his New Jersey Devils mask in honour of the father-son Olympic medals.
“This is truly a loss for Canadian hockey,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “Not only was Denis a beloved member of the Hockey Canada family, but he was a treasured husband, father, grandfather and friend.”
Hockey Canada sends its condolences to Brodeur’s wife, Mireille, his sons Denis Jr., Claude and Martin, and daughters Line and Sylvie.