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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

Former Blackhawks prospect, net minder Mike Brodeur, made his National Hockey League debut recently on December 19, 2009. Brodeur, 26, was recalled to the Ottawa Senators on a emergency basis back in November after Pascal Leclaire was sidelined by a fractured cheekbone.

Brodeur was a 7th round (211 overall) 2003 NHL Entry Draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks and played for their affiliate teams from 2004 to 2008.

During his first NHL career start, he made 22 saves against the Minnesota Wild. Ironically, the goal that spoiled his bid for a shutout came from former Blackhawk player, Martin Havlat, at 4:40 of the 3rd frame. Minnesota also was playing with a slight disadvantage, as they lost most of their equipment to a fire to the equipment van parked outside Scotiabank Place. Final score with Ottawa winning, 4:1.

Brodeur made himself a fan favorite during his time with the Rockford IceHogs back in the 2007-08 season. Brodeur mixed it up during a game against the Chicago Wolves when a line brawl broke out on center ice. He left his crease to join in ruckus, easly handling Chicago's Robert Gherson who turtled early into their fight. Rockford fans have a tradition of "booing" the opposing team as their starting lineup is announced before each game. However, fans bucked tradition on February 14, 2009, when Brodeur returned to the MetroCentre, by giving a rousing welcome when his name was announced as the Rochester Americans' starting goalie.

Currently Brodeur is back in net for the American Hockey League Binghamton Senators, having been reassigned by Ottawa.

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