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Brodeur keen on green throwbacks

Hopes to see team's retro uniforms used more

Thursday, 03.17.2011 / 1:44 PM ET / Features
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur keen on green throwbacks
At look at Brodeur during his debut season of 1991-92. He will use a replica mask and red sticks for Friday's retro game against Washington. GETTY IMAGES
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When it comes to bringing back the vintage red and green uniforms, once a year isn’t enough for Martin Brodeur.

The NHL’s all-time wins leader hopes to see more games played using the club’s original colors, which return for the second straight season Friday against Washington.

“I wish they could play more often with it,” Brodeur said. “If it would be my thing, five games at home would be fun. Guys could get [matching] gloves and just get in the spirit of it a little more than just an in-and-out game.”

Last year, players had a chance to practice in the red helmets, green pants and matching socks, then wore them again for the morning skate before beating Pittsburgh last March 17.

With the Devils in Ottawa to face the Senators on Thursday, the old threads won’t be out of storage for long.

“It’s even worse now, it’s a back-to-back game so guys won’t even practice with their stuff: their helmets, the shell of their pants,” Brodeur said. “It’d be fun if we did it a little more often.”

Brodeur’s affinity for the red and green is understandable. It was the first NHL jersey he ever wore, the one he donned as a 19-year-old to beat the Boston Bruins on March 26, 1992, and record his first career win.

I wish they could play more often with it. If it would be my thing, five games at home would be fun. - Martin Brodeur
Recalled from St. Hyacinthe (QMJHL) under double-emergency conditions, Brodeur covered up the team’s name – “Laser” – on the side of his red mask, and replaced it with “Devils.” His catching glove and blocker were blue, matching the junior club’s color scheme. The Daigneault & Rolland goal pads were red, green and white.

“I love it,” he said with a smile. “I think it’s great. I don’t know, if I played with it every single game, maybe it would get to me, but you’ll see how much brighter we look out there on Friday. It’s going to be a big change for people to watch us. I remember last year when we did it, we skated around with red helmets, and it was like, ‘This is weird.’”

Brodeur had a replica of that mask recreated for last year’s game, and will go with the same one on Friday. The original was eventually painted over with red and black, which the Devils adopted to start the 1992-93 season.

Brodeur also ordered another special batch of red Sher-Wood sticks, same as the ones he used for last year’s game. He will not change his gloves or pads, however.

“But if we played more, I would get a set of equipment that would match,” Brodeur said. “ I would do the blue blocker, I would do the whole thing. But it’s not enough, one game, to start breaking in stuff.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
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10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
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12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59