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Kevin Biestra

Free King Richard!

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I just mentioned the Ring of Honour. No ones gone up there in awhile.

I got no problem with putting King Richard in next. He was absolute magic in the '82 run. And if the Nucks hadnt of run into the great NY Islanders in the middle of their dynasty run, who knows, we might have a Stanley Cup banner hanging at Rogers arena.

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i really do hate the ring of honour name. always get it confused with ROH wrestling.

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i really do hate the ring of honour name. always get it confused with ROH wrestling.

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http://canuckslegend...rd-brodeur.html

"King" Richard Brodeur

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His statistics are unimpressive, downright awful in some cases. But Canucks fans, and for that matter early Nordiques fans, can tell you that the stats are not truly indicative of "King" Richard Brodeur's stellar play.

Brodeur played most of his NHL career in the early to mid 1980s. Those years featured horrible Canuck teams in the same division as Wayne Gretzky's high scoring Oilers, Lanny McDonald's Calgary Flames, Marcel Dionne's LA Kings and Dale Hawerchuk's Winnipeg Jets. That's a whole lot of offensive firepower gunning at the poor Canucks, who relied on Brodeur to keep them in most games, and sometimes just to keep the score respectable.

Brodeur was, literally, the Canucks saving grace. He was an exciting goalie to watch, pretty acrobatic and had lots and lots of shots against. His career 3.85 GAA his grossly inflated by the high scoring Smythe division of the 1980s. His win/loss record is very respectable considering how bad the Canucks were in comparison to their divisional foes.

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Brodeur's career highlight, like that of most Canucks and their fans of that generation, was the improbable 1982 Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup finals. Brodeur backstopped the Canucks with an 11-6 record and a 2.70 GAA. While the Canucks were lucky to have the LA Kings upset Gretzky's Oilers, The Canucks handled their opposition quite handily until they reached the Finals. Once there, the dynastic New York Islanders tore apart the Canucks, winning easily in 4 games. Dubbed "King Richard" for his fine play during the '82 playoffs, Brodeur's fine play couldn't stack up against the likes of Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies and most noteably - Mike Bossy.

It was fitting that it was Brodeur who was the goalie who was faced with the task of stopping the Islanders. Back in the Islanders first Cup season of 1979-80 Brodeur was a star goalie with the Isles farm team. He was a CHL all star with the Indianapolis Checkers, posting 4 shutouts and a 2.88 GAA with 22 wins. He also appeared in his first two NHL games with the Isles, posting 1 win and 1 loss.

The Isles of course already had Billy Smith and a very capable backup in Chico Resch, so they moved Brodeur to Vancouver in exchange for a 5th round pick which never panned out. Brodeur instantly became the Canucks number one goalie. In fact it wasn't until the 1987-88 season that Brodeur was ousted out of that spot as the Canucks starting goalie. The arrival of a young Kirk McLean meant that Brodeur was now being asked to be a backup. Unhappy with that situation, Brodeur asked to be moved somewhere where he could play. He was eventually dealt to Hartford in exchange for veteran goalie Steve Weeks. But Brodeur only played in 6 games for the Whalers before retiring after the 1988-89 season.

Brodeur's career actually started 8 years before he made the NHL. Drafted by the Islanders in 1972, Brodeur opted to skip out on the NHL and jump at the chance to stay in his home province by playing with the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association. Brodeur ranks as one of the best goalies in the WHA history. His 165 wins ranks second all time, only 2 wins behind Joe Daley. Brodeur also set a record for wins in 1975-76 when he had 44. That same season the Nordiques won the Avco Cup championship, symbolic of WHA supremacy.

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I met King Richard at my stag, got an autographed jersey. Great guy.

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Agreed King Richard for the Ring of Honour!

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http://www.goaliesar...ks/brodeur.html

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THE KING'S VANCOUVER CANUCK STATS ONLY

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Nickname : Le Roi

Born : Longueuil, Québec, September 15, 1950

Catches : Left

Weight : 160 lbs.

Height : 5' 7"

Last Amateur club : Cornwall Royalls (QMJHL)

Drafted by the NY Islanders in the 7th round (97th overall) in 1972

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Acquired from the New York Islanders with Islanders' 5th round choice (Moe Lemay) in the 1981 Entry Draft for Vancouver's 5th round choice (Jacques Sylvestre) in the 1981 Entry Draft pixel.gif08-Mar-88 Traded to the Hartford Whalers for Steve Weeks

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Led the NHL in games played (64) and minutes played (3541).

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Career most ties (with Kirk McLean) ... season most ties ... season most goals allowed

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NY Islanders

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Regular season

SEASON GP MIN W L T GA SO GAA SA Sv% G A PIM

1987-88 11 670 3 6 2 49 0 4,39 347 .859 0 0 0

1986-87 53 2972 20 25 5 178 1 3,59 1391 .872 0 0 2

1985-86 64 3541 19 32 8 240 2 4,07 1724 .861 0 2 16

1984-85 51 2930 16 27 6 228 0 4,67 1574 .855 0 1 4

1983-84 36 2110 10 21 5 141 1 4,01 1067 .868 0 2 0

1982-83 58 3291 21 26 8 208 0 3,79 1641 .873 0 1 2

1981-82 52 3010 20 18 12 168 2 3,35 1536 .891 0 2 0

1980-81 52 3024 17 18 16 177 0 3,51 0 0 0

TOTAL 377 21548 126 173 62 1389 6 3,87 0 8 24

Playoffs

SEASON GP MIN W L GA SO GAA SA Sv% G A PIM

1985-86 2 120 0 2 12 1 6,00 79 .848 0 0 2

1983-84 4 222 1 3 12 0 3,24 115 .896 0 0 2

1982-83 3 193 0 3 13 0 4,04 0 0 0

1981-82 17 1089 11 6 49 0 2,70 0 0 0

1980-81 3 185 0 3 13 0 4,22 0 0 0

TOTAL 29 1809 12 17 99 1 3,28 0 0 4

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A little info from his years as a Quebec Nordique:

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1974-1975

Led the WHA in playoffs games played (15), playoffs minutes played (906), playoffs losses (7) and playoffs goals against (48).

1975-1976

Led the WHA in games played (69), minutes played (3967), wins (44), goals allowed (244) and shots against (244).

1976-1977

Led the WHA in playoffs wins (12), playoffs GAA (3,28), playoffs save percentage (.882) and playoffs shutouts (1) ... Avco Cup champion.

1977-1978

Led the WHA in save percentage (.894), playoffs losses (5), playoffs goals allowed (38) and playoffs shutouts (1).

1978-1979

Second All-Star Team ... Led the WHA in shutouts (3) and save percentage (.901).

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Named on the WHA Second All-Star Team, 1979 ... Member of the Avco Cup champions Québec Nordiques, 1977.

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Holds Nordiques goaltending record for career most games played, career most minutes played, career most wins, career most losses, career most ties, career most goals allowed, career most shutouts, career most shots faced, career most points, season most games played, season most minutes played, season most wins, season most goals allowed, season lowest GAA, season highest save percentage, season most points, career playoffs most games played, career playoffs most minutes played, career playoffs most wins, career playoffs most losses, career playoffs most goals allowed, career playoffs most shutouts, career playoffs lowest GAA, career playoffs most shutouts, season playoffs most games played, season playoffs most minutes played, season playoffs most wins, season playoffs most losses, season playoffs most goals allowed, season playoffs most shutouts season playoffs lowest GAA and season playoffs most points ... Shares with Serge Aubry Nordiques record for season most ties ... Shares with jim Corsi Nordiques record for season most shutouts ... Holds league goaltending record for season most wins, season most goals allowed, season most shots faced, career playoffs most games played, career playoffs most minutes played, career playoffs most losses, career playoffs most goals allowed and career playoffs most points ... Shares with Ron Grahame league record for season playoffs most points.

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