Denis Brodeur, Canadian sports photographer and Olympic hockey medalist, dies at 82


In this March 2009 photo, Denis Brodeur, photographer and father of New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, gets ready to shoot photos of his son as they face the Montreal Canadiens. Brodeur, who enjoyed a lengthy career as one of Canada's most successful sports photographers, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. He was 82. (Paul Chiasson/AP)
September 27, 2013

Denis Brodeur, one of Canada’s most successful sports photographers, who was also the father of star hockey goalie Martin Brodeur, died Sept. 26. He was 82.

The New Jersey Devils, the team for which Martin Brodeur plays, announced his death but provided no further details.

Mr. Brodeur shot pictures of the Montreal Canadiens for several decades, first as a journalist and later as the team’s official photographer. He was one of two photographers to capture the iconic image of Paul Henderson celebrating the winning goal of the 1972 Canada-Soviet summit series.

In 2006, he sold his archive of 110,000 photos to the National Hockey League for $350,000.

Mr. Brodeur’s career extended beyond hockey. He was the official photographer for the Montreal Expos and shot numerous sporting events in Canada.

“Denis Brodeur’s images brought the action, the drama and the passion of the game sharply into focus for generations of fans around the world,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Mr. Brodeur brought his sons to practices and to Florida every year for baseball spring training. In Florida, the family would rent a motel room, where Mr. Brodeur would set up a makeshift darkroom.

Like his son, Mr. Brodeur was a goalie who won an Olympic medal. He backstopped the Canadian team that took the bronze at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Martin Brodeur had the words “Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956,” and “Salt Lake City 2002,” inscribed on his Devils mask in honor of the father-son Olympic medals.

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