Brodeur Becomes a US Citizen
This blog doesn’t come with the sex appeal or potential scandal of Tiger Wood’s recent escapades and even the media didn’t really grab on to this story like they did with the great one (Tiger not Wayne). Maybe the timing was too close to run both stories? However when Martin Brodeur became a U.S. citizen did he also give up his right to represent our country in the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics?
Can a US Citizen Play for Canada?
Brodeur, who at 37 has played his entire NHL career with the New Jersey Devils, passed his citizenship test and has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. However, as he has played for Canada internationally in the past he cannot play for another country and will have to battle Roberto Luongo for the starting job in the Canadian net at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics. There is no debate that his record speaks for itself, he is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, a four-time Jennings Trophy winner, a ten-time NHL All-Star, a Calder Memorial Trophy winner, and one of only two NHL goaltenders to have scored goals in both the regular season and the playoffs. However, we find the whole theory behind his move ridiculous for the basic reason that once a Canadian you are always a Canadian. We also wonder if and likely when Canada faces the USA which side he will be on? A soft goal will fuel the fire and I hate to think about the media reports if we (Canada) lose to the U.S. with Brodeur in goal!
In any event, while he has an Italian heritage, Roberto Luongo deserves the start as he is as close to a Canadian goaltender as we have for the 2010 Olympic games (and he is at least a Canadian citizen)! In our opinion Brodeur has left the building (country).
Note: Tonight Brodeur tied Terry Sawchuck’s NHL record for 103 career shutouts!