Canada's Brodeur turfs Turin mask

"That thing was bad luck!”

By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency


Martin Brodeur is wiping the slate clean before Vancouver, and that includes nixing his 2006 Olympics mask from Turin. (REUTERS)

NEWARK — The Olympic Mask of Shame will not be making an appearance in Vancouver.

And that, says Marty Brodeur, is a good thing.

One week before the start of the Games, Brodeur admitted Thursday that the mask he wore at the Turin Olympics four years ago will not be featured this time around.

“Are you kidding? That thing was bad luck!” Brodeur said with chuckle.

Canada failed to reach the medal round in Turin, although Brodeur, arguably the team’s best player, did not allow more than two goals in any game.

Brodeur’s new Team Canada mask is expected to come in any day, he said.

“It’s kind of the same look as my New Jersey Devils one, with flames and all,” he said. “I’m comfortable with it.”

Brodeur did not come right out and say Team Canada was overconfident in Turin. But the inference was there.

“Going in, we felt good about ourselves,” he said.

By the time the tournament ended, they felt anything but that.

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