The Devils will honor former goaltending coach Jacques Caron on March 16 and Martin Brodeur couldn’t be happier for the man who stood by him through almost all of Brodeur’s NHL years.
“I’m happy for him,” Brodeur said today. “He’s been a big part of my career and my success, so for him to get recognized by the organization, I think it’s a great honor and a well-deserved one. I know people always think he was my coach, but he had such an impact on a lot of players going back almost 20 years now. He’s so positive, such a good hockey person, survived all the turmoil of 11 (head) coaches or so and always stayed around with me and made definitely my life easier in times of transition with coaches through coaches, systems through systems.”
“We did a lot of work technically when we were younger and after that it was just really tweaks here and there, talking about it,” Brodeur said. “I’m probably my biggest critic when it goes down to watching tapes and stuff about me and what I need to get better and really understanding my game and stuff and where it’s at. So, for him, it was just to support me, because I was probably telling him before he told me what was going on. But, between periods, he was a coach that was really involved. He would come down and, if anything would happen or guys have tendencies on that day, he would say, ‘Marty, be careful. It looks like what they’re trying to do’ and really help me out, just talking to me and just being there with me in any kind of situation.
Congratulations to Caron on an honor very much earned and I’m sure we can all look forward to a vintage Marty performance that night against the Canadiens.