Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur won't be up for an NHL award on Thursday, but he'll be honoured with his own day in the state of New Jersey.
The New Jersey senate and general assembly in a joint resolution have proclaimed Thursday "Martin Brodeur Day."
"On behalf of the entire Senate, we're proud to honor Marty Brodeur as our 'adopted son,'" New Jersey Senator Richard Codey said in a statement. "He has kept Devils fans entertained for nearly 20 years and given our state something to be proud of. He's a first-rate athlete who can now claim the distinction of being in a league of his own."
Brodeur, 37, passed Patrick Roy on the NHL's all-time wins list for goalie this past season, and became just the second man after Terry Sawchuk to record more than 100 shutouts.
The milestones were reached even though Brodeur only played 31 games the past season due to a biceps injury.
Brodeur has tallied 101 shutouts and 557 regular season wins in a career that began 17 years ago. He is slated to make his 1,000th regular season start next season, a total only surpassed by Roy.
The Montreal native, who lives in New Jersey, has won the Vezina Trophy as top NHL goalie four times and helped lead the Devils to three Stanley Cup wins.