Devils select Martin Brodeur's son Anthony Brodeur in 7th round

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

The Brouders pose for the cameras as Anthony puts on the Devils sweater. (USATSI)
The Brodeurs pose for the cameras as Anthony puts on the Devils sweater. (Screengrab)

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Arguably the best moment of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft came in the final two minutes when the New Jersey Devils traded into the seventh round to make the 208th of 211 picks on the day. That's when they let goalie legend Martin Brodeur announce the pick: Anthony Brodeur.

Anthony is, of course, the son of Martin. It was questionable whether he would be selected in the draft and when the Devils didn't have a pick in the seven round it seemed like perhaps it would be a longshot. But seemingly as an ode to Martin as much as anything else, the Devils traded with Los Angeles to get the 208th pick and let Marty take the mic.

Here's how the moment played out.

This is not a completely token selection. Anthony is a legit draft prospect, coming from the famed Shattuck-St. Mary's program in Minnesota that has produced such NHL stars as Zach Parise and Sidney Crosby, among others. Anthony, like his father, is a goaltender.

"It was definitely a surprise," Anthony said in an interview with TSN after the pick. "I didn't really know if it was going to happen and I'm extremely excited."

His father took to Twitter later to give his son another shoutout.

It's highly unlikely that the two would ever play with one another -- obviously not at the same time considering they're both goalies but suited up for the same game -- but it would be pretty awesome if the Devils could somehow call the younger Brodeur up when it comes time for Marty to play his final NHL game.

That's a ways down the road, though. In the meantime let's just enjoy this one. As far as moments in the seventh round go -- or any round -- they don't get any better than the Brodeur family connection.

 
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