The top 10 Athletes of the 2000’s….No. 10December 10, 2009
As the decade comes to a close, there have been plenty of athletes that have left their mark on the sports world. From football to tennis, from hockey to baseball, and even in Olympic sports such as swimming and track and field, we have all witnessed some of the greatest athletes professional sports has ever seen.
In the next week or so, I will countdown my top 10 athletes of the 2000’s, beginning today with no. 10.
The NHL may not be as mainstream as it once was, and for proof look no further than a certain hockey player. The key to any hockey team is the man who guards the goal, but few goalies achieve the recognition that other dominant athletes receive. Nonetheless, this decade, hockey fans have witnessed one of the greatest net-minders of all-time in none other than…..Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils
Despite coaching changes, system changes, NHL rule changes, and personnel changes, the one constant for the Devils has been the outstanding play of Brodeur. His Devils captured two Stanley Cup championships in the decade, and Marty racked up 356 wins going into this season. Furthermore, four of his five best save-percentage seasons occurred in the last 10 years and three of his five best seasons for goals-against average occurred in the same duration. If that’s not enough for you, Brodeur also posted 65 shutouts since 2000.
Brodeur is also the youngest goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300, 400 and 500 regular season win plateaus, all of which came this decade. Likewise, on March 14, 2009, Brodeur recorded his 551st career win against the Montreal Canadiens to tie Patrick Roy for the most in NHL history.
On March 17, 2009, in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, Brodeur became the all-time NHL leader in regular season wins by a goaltender with 552. On November 27, 2009, Brodeur broke the record for most minutes ever played by an NHL goaltender, breaking Patrick Roy’s record of 60,235.
On December 7, 2009, Brodeur tied Sawchuck’s record for regular season shutouts at 103 in a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
His awards are also numerous, including two Jennings trophies and four Vezina trophies which goes to the NHL’s best goal tender. Moreover, Brodeur was named to six All-Star games and won a gold-medal with Team Canada in the 2002 Olympics.
While young-guns such as Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have taken the sport over in the past few seasons, only one hockey player has been the king of the NHL in the 2000’s. Martin Brodeur, TONYSports salutes you.
After each athlete is posted, I will also hit you with an honorable mention, an athlete who just miss the cut. First up, is Michael Schumacher. Schumacher finished first in the Formula One final placing from 2000-2004, including 91 racing victories. The main reason he misses the cut is because nobody in New York gives a f*ck about Nascar, Formula 1, or whatever else you call it. But hey, hats off to you Michael…job well done.