Brodeur to retire

Brodeur ranks second in career playoff wins with 113. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur — the winningest goaltender in NHL history — will hold a press conference to announce his retirement Thursday and join the Blues’ front office. The team announced the decision on Tuesday.

Brodeur signed with the Blues earlier this season after backup goaltender Brian Elliot suffered a knee injury, but he slipped back to No. 3 on the depth chart after Eliot’s return, prompting him to consider retirement.

He will end his career having played in parts of 22 seasons, recording a record 691 victories and winning three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils.

“A lot of people thought I wasn’t going to make the NHL, so I’m living this dream, and when you are living this dream … you really enjoy what you do. It’s hard to let it go sometimes,” Brodeur told ESPN.com prior to his first game with the Blues.

The 42-year-old played seven games (five starts) for St. Louis this season, with a 2.87 goals-against average.