Denis Brodeur, who was an Olympian himself at the 1956 Winter Olympic Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. He shared time in goal with Keith Woodall. Brodeur played in four games and finished with a record of 3-1, had one shutout and a GAA of 2 and helped Team Canada to a bronze medal.
Denis had been in palliative care for several days after undergoing brain surgery in February 2012.
Brodeur also did some time on the Canadian Senior Hockey circuit, playing for the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen and taking them to the National Championships (Allan Cup). Brodeur was also involved in hockey off the ice too. He also photographed the Montreal Canadiens for decades, first as a newspaper photographer, and then as Les Canadiens official team photographer.
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.
He was one of two photographers to capture Paul Henderson’s iconic goal during Game 8 the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia.
Brodeur was also the father of current New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who is a 4-time Olympian and a 2-time gold medalist with Team Canada.
Martin was at his bedside when he died. The New Jersey Devils goalie left training camp Thursday morning to be with his father.
“This is truly a loss for Canadian hockey,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “Not only was Denis a beloved member of the Hockey Canada family, but he was a treasured husband, father, grandfather and friend.”
Hockey Canada sends its condolences to Brodeur’s wife, Mireille, his sons Denis Jr., Claude and Martin, and daughters Line and Sylvie.