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New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur remembers the days when Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter would stop by the Brodeurs’ home, dropping in on the man who many times froze the Kid’s megawatt smile.
Denis Brodeur, Martin’s dad, was for years the Expos’ photographer, snapping the ballplayers’ Florida mug shots and their exploits on the diamond in Montreal. Carter, needless to say, was in many of those photos. And young Marty often tagged along when his dad headed down to West Palm Beach for the spring-training assignment.
On Sunday night, Martin Brodeur stood in his goal crease before his team’s 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and watched the emotional scoreboard tribute to Carter, who died last Thursday of brain cancer at age 57. Photo: Olivier Jean/Reuters