Canes to Retire Brindy’s Jersey before Flyers-Canes Game Friday

Published on February 16th, 2011

Rod Brind’Amour, who played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1991 until his trade to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2000, will have his jersey retired by the Hurricanes prior to the Flyers-Canes game this Friday in Raleigh, NC.

Rod Brind'Amour

Rod Brind'Amour

The Flyers originally acquired him from the St. Louis Blues along with Dan Quinn in a trade for Murray Baron and Ron Sutter following the 1990–91 season.  He quickly proved to be a popular player and one of the league’s better 2-way forwards.  He represented the team in the 1992 NHL All-Star Game and was an assistant captain during most of his stint with the team.  He was also the team’s best player in the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.  He compiled 235 goals, 366 assists, 601 points,and 563 PIM in 633 regular season games with the team.  In the playoffs:  24 goals, 27 assists, 51 points, and 31 PIM in 57 games.

Brind’Amour was traded to the Hurricanes during the 1999–2000 season along with Jean-Marc Pelletier in exchange for Keith Primeau.  He would captain the team to the Stanley Cup in 2006 with current Flyers’ head coach Peter Laviolette as the team’s head coach.  He would also win two Selke Awards with the team as the league’s best defensive forward.  He finished his career with the team retiring at the end of last season.

He conducted a conference call in advance of his jersey retirement ceremony.

Q: How did you end up with 17?

“When I got traded from St. Louis to Philadelphia, I think I had a choice of 10 or 17.  There wasn’t too many options.  I came over with Dan Quinn and he wanted 10, so it kind of fell into my lap, is the best way to put it.  There wasn’t any main reason other than that.”

Q: Have you thought about what might be going through your mind as you watch the banner going up?
“At that point, I’m just going to be glad that that part of it is over.  I’m going to have to obviously get in front of everybody and try to thank everybody that made that night possible, and that’s not going to be easy to do.  Once that moment is happening, everything will have already been done, so that’ll probably be a lot of relief on my part.  But that’ll be special to look up and see that every time you walk in there, it’s kind of a reminder of a pretty good accomplishment and always brings back a lot of great memories.”

Q: How do you want to be remembered as a player?
“I do like the fact that [the Selke Trophy] in the last few years especially has gone to a guy who not only plays well in his own end, but can also score.  So I think that’s where that award needs to go, and I’m glad they’ve done that the last five, six, seven years for sure.  I take pride in that because i like playing both ends of the rink, but I was able to put up some good numbers too.  At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter too much how you’re remembered.  I enjoyed my time in the NHL, and it’s all good.

Q: In the 2006 playoff run, did you feel there was something about your game that you were able to take it to another level in the playoffs?
“I don’t know.  It’s not like you ever do anything different.  I tried to prepare the same way whether it was game one of the regular season or game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.   I don’t know that I would do anything different.   I know that the games that were more important, you want to do better and there’s that will to achieve more.  I wish I could say that I tried harder and did more in the playoffs, but that’s just not the case.  I think it’s more a reflection of the people around me at playoff time and them picking up their game, which elevated mine.”

Q:  When did you realize your legacy would be with the Hurricanes?
“Well, it’s funny that you say that because I don’t really think along those lines, but after winning that championship, that did it.  I don’t think there could have been a better way of going out.  I think if I had won maybe before in Philadelphia, things might have been different.  But obviously when you win, there’s nothing greater than that, and there’s no better way to be remembered.  I know that I”ll be remembered as a Hurricane, and that image I guess of me being able to hold that Cup is something that around here is quite etched in stone.  This is my home now, so I realize that and I’m just grateful that I’m remembered at all, to be honest with you.”

Q: Could you sum up your thoughts of your time in Philadelphia and how it helped you to be the type of player that gets an honor like this?
“I loved my time in Philadelphia.  There are certain players that play in that city that really do well and love it, and I think I was one of them.  I’ve said this many times – the day I got traded from Philadelphia was one of the worst days of my career.  Up until that point I bled orange and black.  It was an extremely tough time for me to leave that place because I loved it so much.  They’ve got tremendous loyal fans there that every player, if there’s a list of a couple teams they wish they could play on, Philadelphia’s always at the top of that list because of the organization and because of the following and the reception that you get there.  They keep you on your toes and they keep you honest, but they’re always there for you, and I think that says a lot about that Flyer fan base.”

Q: How special is it to have the Flyers in town for this game?
“It’s really special to me.  They’re the team I played the other half of my career, essentially, with.  There’s so many great memories there.  I’m grateful that the team would pick that night to do that.  It couldn’t really be better timing for me.  Like I said, I had a lot of great memories with the Flyers, and hopefully I’ll be able to have enough time that I can thank the right people with the Flyers who really helped me to get to the point of having this night.”

Q: Did they ask you about how you felt about having it that night?
“They didn’t ask me at all.  When Jim Rutherford, our GM, called me and said they wanted to retire my jersey, and then said we’re going to do it against your old team… you don’t ask questions when they give you that kind of honor.  That’s just something that I’m grateful that they’re doing it.  I think he’s the one that probably decided that would be the best night to do it.”

Q: Peter Laviolette has had lots of good things to say about you… what was the player/coach relationship between you and him?
“Lavi, when he first got to here, our relationship wasn’t that good – I’ve gotta be honest with you.  I think it was just that he didn’t know any of the players, he was new to this area, and it was a tough time.  He came right in the middle of the season.  Then we had the lock-out year, and he came back and he was a totally different person and different coach, and our relationship really blossomed from then on. He named me captain and he basically gave me every opportunity that I could ever have as a player.  I played 24, 23 minutes as a player in every situation, and ultimately through his leadership we won that Stanley Cup.  I think you see it up there – he gets the most out of his players and he gets it in a way that everyone feels a part of it.  That’s the strongest asset – it’s not the X and O’s, it’s not dissecting plays, it’s getting his players to believe and care for each other.  That’s what he did here.”

Comments

  1. Posted by admin on February 17th, 2011, 15:54

    Hockey needs more guys like Roddy!