Brodeur headlines six-person Hockey Hall of Fame class

Goaltender Martin Brodeur was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility and headlines the six-person Class of 2018 announced Tuesday.Willie O’Ree, who broke the color barrier in 1958, and current NHL commissioner Gary Bettman were elected under the builders category.Former NHL player Martin St. Louis, Canadian women’s player Jayna Hefford and Russian player Alexander Yakushev round out the class.The class will be formally inducted on Nov. 12 in Toronto.Brodeur, who played in nine All-Star Games, set records for career victories (691) and shutouts (125) during a 22-year career. He spent 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and helped the franchise win three Stanley Cup crowns.The four-time Vezina Trophy winner also recorded 24 postseason shutouts.Brodeur is currently the assistant general manager of the St. Louis Blues.”I don’t think you’ll ever get used to hearing those words. It’s quite an honor,” Brodeur told TSN of becoming a Hall of Famer. “You don’t dream to be in the Hall of Fame. You dream about playing one day in the NHL. And then you get greedy a little bit.”O’Ree is being inducted 60 years after suiting up for the Boston Bruins and becoming the first black player in the league.

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