Denis Brodeur, a former Olympic medal-winning goalie and noted hockey photographer whose son Martin Brodeur became one of the NHL’s greatest netminders, died Thursday. He was 82.
Denis had been in palliative care for several days after undergoing brain surgery in February 2012. Martin was at his bedside when he died. The New Jersey Devils goalie left training camp Thursday morning to be with his father.
The elder Brodeur was in net when Team Canada won a bronze medal at the 1956 Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
He never played in the National Hockey League, but tended goal for various minor-league clubs.
Denis once teamed up with future Canadiens greats Jean Beliveau and Bernard Geoffrion in the Quebec Junior League, a predecessor of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Following retirement, Denis developed a passion for photographing hockey matches and worked behind the scenes for his hometown Montreal Canadiens.
His collection of some 110,000 photographs was sold to the NHL in 2006.
Denis’ assignments included the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, which took place when Martin was four months old.
Denis put a number of negatives from the historic series up for auction a few years ago, including shots of Paul Henderson’s immortal series-winning goal.
Several books featuring Denis’ photographs have been published over the years.
Martin went on to become a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, to go with three Stanley Cups, all with the Devils.