Brodeur Helping Rochester Save Season

By Kevin Oklobzija
Staff Writer
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Copyright 2008 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Mike Brodeur was in the midst of one of the best six-game streaks ever by a Rochester Americans goalie — and that’s saying a lot, considering the number of great goalies to wear the uniform — but he showed on Sunday that he’s by no means superstitious.

When he came out to play against the Syracuse Crunch, instead of his usual closely shaved haircut, his head was completely bald.

“A Britney Spears moment,” he joked, then explained the boring real reason. His razor didn’t have settings so, rather than guess at an even clip, he just shaved it all.

Hair or no hair, his play didn’t change a bit. Thirty shots later he had his second American Hockey League shutout, a 1-0 victory over the Crunch.

Not that there was ever any reason to think luck was any bit a factor in his great play since he arrived in Rochester on Dec. 5. He clearly has talent and he’s as cool as the ice he skates on.

The whistle blows and he saunters off to the corner to his right, singing to himself whatever song is blaring on the public address system.

“It’s more of a lip-sync than anything,” he said. “I can’t really sing. Like in the car, I have the volume up just loud enough so I sound good to myself.”

He looks very good to everyone stopping pucks. In six starts — all in an eight-day span — Brodeur has a 4-2 record, 1.16 goals-against average and .958 save percentage. He has allowed just seven goals.

Full Story