One year, 90 miles and one Peter Sidorkiewicz injury. That’s how close I came to seeing Martin Brodeur in an Albany uniform. Alas, Brodeur spent the 1993-94 season with the New Jersey Devils, won the Calder Memorial Trophy and the rest as they say is history. While he never played in Albany, Brodeur did spend one season in the AHL, playing for the Utica Devils.
During the 1992-93 campaign, Brodeur posted a ledger of 14-13-5, in 32 games. That season also saw Brodeur register a goals against average of 4.03 and a .884 save percentage, while making 1,002 saves and recording six assists. In that year, Brodeur also shared duties with Corey Schwab and Chad Erickson.
It was the final season of AHL play for the U-Devils. The 1992-93 squad finished third in the AHL Southern Division, going 33-36-11 (77 points). Despite winning the first contest in OT, Utica would fall to the Rochester Americans in five games, in their first round Calder Cup Playoff series.
Instead of his memorable number 30, Brodeur wore number one with Utica. Fitting, as he was the one remaining active link to the U-Devils, on an NHL roster. Now number one in the record books, Brodeur will likely be the first Utica Devil to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.