The New Jersey Devils’ own Martin Brodeur was in attendance at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, not only to make a media appearance to discuss winning the popular vote to appear on the cover of EA SPORTS NHL 14, but also to see if his son, Anthony, would be drafted.
Brodeur spoke of how his kids wanted him to win the cover vote for EA SPORTS NHL 14, so they started a massive social media campaign to get him on the cover. The all-time winningest goaltender started a Twitter page, run mainly by his brother, and they launched a Twitter campaign to get the legend on the cover of NHL 14.
The campaign proved successful as he won each round and then beat Sergei Bobrovsky in the final round to win the overall vote. No goalie has appeared on the cover of an EA Sports NHL game since NHL 97.
While Brodeur spoke of the social media campaign to win the cover vote, questions then turned to that of his role as a father at the draft to watch his son possibly being drafted. This is the moment that every young hockey player lives for… to see if all the hard work they put into preparing for this day, a day when their name could possibly be read from the draft floor as being drafted by “X” team.
“That’s what the draft is,” Brodeur said of Anthony’s work ethic to this day. “If you achieve that goal. After that you move on. So it would be really nice. It’s kind of nervous, because you want your son to have everything he can. He’s got to work for it.”
Brodeur said that it would be nice if New Jersey drafted his son. “That would be good. It doesn’t matter… At the end of the day, and I told him that, there’s not that many people that are going to achieve to the extent of what I did in my career. The expectation of him, it’s not unrealistic to measure to that. He’s his own person. He’s a good kid. He wants to be there. He loves the pressure of playing hockey. I just hope the best for him. It’s hard for kids. They make it hard on themselves, and Anthony has been good with that.”
When asked what he thought if the Rangers drafted him, he replied, “If it happens, it happens. The Devils had their chance to pick him.”
Anthony announced his plans for next season a few weeks ago. He’ll be playing for Gatineau Olympiques in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“It got more clearer for him this season,” Brodeur said of Anthony’s decision. “With the college opportunities, with the way it’s set up, they don’t take a kid as a freshman at 19 or 20 years old. I’ve been through the junior route. I know it’s important. For me, Anthony could go to school after. He’s a smart kid too. He’s going to go to school up in Canada while he plays junior. But I think hockeywise, at 18 years old, I want him to play hockey…play competitive enough and he’ll know. You’re going to realize as an athlete if you’re good enough, if you like it enough to continue your journey. I think juniors is the best way for him.”
Brodeur said he was “a lot more nervous” being at the draft with his son than playing a hockey game. When asked if he was more nervous as a father at the draft or when he was drafted…he didn’t even remember how he felt when he was drafted. He just knew he was really nervous to be at Prudential Center today to see if his son would be drafted.