Martin Brodeur vs. Patrick Roy

With only 9 wins seperating Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur as the NHL’s winningest goalie, the debate about which tender is the greatest is sure to rage on. So… Let it rage.

Roy currently holds the record with 551 wins, is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has won many NHL awards including the Conn Smythe 3 of the 4 times he has won the Cup. He also has his number retired by the Colorado Avalanche and is due to have his number 33 retired by the Montreal Canadiens on November 22nd. His 551 wins came in 1029 games for a winning percentage of 0.535 while posting a GAA 2.53 with a SV% of 0.910. His post-season total of 151 wins in 247 games for a percentage of 0.611 with a  GAA 2.30 and a SV% of 0.900, proof that his game elevated during the Spring Season.

Brodeur is fast approching Roy’s record with 542 wins, he is a lock for the Hall, also winning many NHL awards, not including the Conn Smythe however. He will for surely have his number retired by the New Jersey Devils upon his retirement from the game. His 542 wins have come in 973 games for a percentage 0.557, posting a 2.19 GAA and a SV% of 0.914.  His post-season totals of 95 wins in 169 games for a percentage of 0.562 and a GAA of 1.96 with a SV% of 0.922, indicating he would also elevate his play for the play-offs.

So I’ll be honest I hate Roy, and if this was completely open to opinion I would say that Brodeur is a better goalie just because I hate Roy. However, this debate isn’t just based on opinion. Marty has posted better stats in his career, both in play-offs and regular season, but one has to keep in mind that these guys did playing a portion of their careers in slightly different eras. Roy broke in during the high flying 80s, while Marty didn’t break in until the Clutch-and-Grab 90s. The other glaring difference that one has to consider, is the fact that Roy has won three Conn Smythes. This, I think, is because he had to stand on his head much more than Brodeur ever had to. Brodeur did what was expected of him, which was still a lot, but everyone is always so used to him being the best player on the ice, that I think his performances didn’t seem as stellar.

While this is a tough call, I pick Brodeur because I hate Roy. And to top it all off, just because I hate Roy so much, I hope Brodeur breaks his record before Roy’s retirement party, just so that they can’t retire his number whilst calling him, “The Winningest Goalie of All-Time.” Oh, and by the way… Brodeur, barring any injuries has more than enough games to play to do it too.


6 Responses to “Martin Brodeur vs. Patrick Roy”

  1. 1 oiltruck
    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I would like to contest your claim, mainly for the reason I used to like Patrick Roy back in the day, before I converted to an Oiler’s fan in the early part of the century. He brought forward a new style of goaltending in the NHL and also sparked interest by many French-Canadian goalies that are now in the NHL. And we all know, a lot of goalies in the NHL are french-Canadian.

  2. 2 j2i2m22
    October 22, 2008 at 8:09 am

    WHAT? Roy sparked interest for many of the French-Canadian Goalies? What about Bernie Parent, Jacques Plante? I’ll admit that Roy might have turned kids from idolizing “The Rocket”, LaFleur, or Lemieux. And he wasn’t the first to play butterfly either, sure he’s the first that ever made it as effective as it is today, but wasn’t the first.

  3. 3 Anonymous
    November 9, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Roy, marty is great and some times looks better…
    But as all know, I pissed of roy is a man to fear.
    saying your gonig to win the cup after the habs trade is a bold statement, even going to a high flying aves team. the Q never won when and the first year with roy they do..

    + on one side note those two god’s of goalies played for the cup and roy won that match, yes colorado had a supreme team but as you note forsberg didnt even play in the last game.

  4. 4 Devsfan420247
    December 6, 2008 at 6:10 am

    They just changed the rules in teh NHL after the lockout so marty couldn’t play the puck.
    They could have changed the goal crease size for Roy, but i don’t remember i’m 30 and i remember where there was a REd Line in the sport. MArty has to fight through Having no RED line, much more fast paced game now, and ROY never had to deal with the “shootout” in OT which in a whole new way of looking at the OT game. Bottom Line I LOVE marty but ROy is better (for now) MB is only 36 so…we will see!

  5. 5 Evan
    December 16, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    First, Brodeur plays behind a defensive team that only allows 20 shots a game and most of these come from the top of the circle or the point. It’s not like Montreal had a dynasty when Roy played for them. Secondly, Roy played during the eighties when the average goals per game was much higher, probably because goalie equipment was half the size it is now. Lastly, Roy has won three Conn Smythe trophies and you could certainly make an argument that he should have won four. This proves that he’s his best when he needs to be. There is a reason Roy was the number one goalie in Nagano.

  6. 6 Tyler
    February 13, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I would go for brodeur. I think in order to be considered the best goalie ever, you have to take on many things, on the ice and off. Brodeur’s GAA are better than Roy’s which in my opinion is the only way of measuring a goalie, and his conduct on and off the Ice is ten times better. I have no respect for Roy, and never will. Brodeur is the better netminder no questions asked.

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