Rod Brind’Amour has had a career that many would be jealous of at this point in his life. A 20-year career in the NHL with awards like the Selke, having been won multiple times. The Stanley Cup win and then the start to a very successful coaching career, having awards along with that.
None of those will match up to what happens this evening at PNC Arena.
Tonight the Florida Panthers will play a preseason contest against the Carolina Hurricanes and coach Brind’Amour will be up against his son, Skyler.
Skyler finished off an impressive collegiate career last year with an NCAA championship for Quinnipiac. The young Brind’Amour talled his highest point total in his four years in Connecticut with 14 goals and 32 points.
The 6’2 forward signed a two-year AHL contract and is fighting to make the big squad in training camp. His coach is familiar as Paul Maurice coached his father in Carolina.
The 24-year-old will be in a comfortable place as he dons his first NHL jersey. Skyler is a Raleigh native and spent many years watching his father play and win the Stanley Cup for these Hurricanes.
Rod played 10 seasons in Carolina and played 694 of his 1,484 NHL games as a member of this organization. To say this is a special moment would be the ultimate understatement.
If preseason hockey is boring, this story will certainly keep things interesting. I predict some dust in the eyes of many Brind’Amour family members watching this contest.