Collecting Denis Brodeur, goalie-turned-photographer

Posted on 28th September 2013 by hockeymedia in The Want List,Tribute | Tags:

NHLWhether you know it or not, you probably have a Denis Brodeur item or two in your hockey collection. No, not Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur, but his just as famous father Denis Brodeur who won Olympic bronze in the 1950s.

Yes, Denis Brodeur was a goalie, just like his son, but the elder Brodeur earned his fame in photography, capturing the Montréal sports scene including the great Canadiens team of the 1970s. His most famous photograph was the 1972 Summit Series moment that Paul Henderson scored the series winner.

That photograph was taken 41 years ago in Moscow, Russia in the eighth and final game of the series. Only two days ago, the famous photographer passed away at age 82 at home in Montréal.

Denis Brodeur won an Olympic bronze medal in ice hockey at the 1956 Olympics. He played senior hockey in the old Québec league, notably for Rivière-du-Loup where he married his wife Mireille. There are even a few old picture cards from Denis’ hockey days, sold in the Bas du Fleuve series of 1951-52 and 1952-53.

Brodeur shot a tonne of hockey, primarily the Montréal Canadiens for whom he was the official photographer. He also shot other sport teams in the Montréal area like the Manic (soccer football), the Expos (baseball) and the Alouettes (gridiron football).

Three years ago, Brodeur’s 1972 “The Goal” negative collection (17) sold in Classic Auctions’ November 2010 Historical Hockey Memorabilia auction. The lot, which included the actual Nikon camera plus copyright on the 17 photos, garnered a winning bid of $49,279.

Many of Brodeur’s photos have been featured in newspapers, in books, and on hockey cards. You probably have more than a few of those images in your collection, whether you know it or not. You may even have Denis Brodeur’s most recent hockey card, a special addition to the 2004-05 Upper Deck hockey series (featuring Denis as a goalie from the 1950s).

Denis Brodeur was born Mar. 10, 1930 in Montréal. He passed away on Sep. 26, 2013.

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