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Alimony blow for Brodeur

DAYS after breaking the National Hockey League record for wins by a goalie, the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur has been dealt an alimony setback by a New Jersey appeals court.

The court in Trenton ruled that Brodeur must pay his former wife US$500,000 a year until 2020.

Brodeur appealed, asking that he be required to pay alimony only until he retires, which he estimated to be in 2012. Melanie DuBois asked for alimony payments until 2024, when their youngest is anticipated to graduate from university.

The court ordered Brodeur to pay alimony until 2020, the year the youngest child graduates from high school.

A lower court originally awarded DuBois permanent alimony.

In addition to alimony, DuBois was awarded US$132,000 in annual child support and more than US$9 million in other assets.

The couple married in August 1995.

According to court records, the marriage ended after Brodeur admitted to having an affair with his sister-in-law, who was living with the Brodeurs to help take care of their four children.

DuBois filed for divorce in May 2003.

On Tuesday, Brodeur broke Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy's record with his 552nd NHL victory. The victory came in Brodeur's 987th game of a 15-year career played entirely with the Devils.


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