This past Monday (11/23/15) former-Flyer #17 Rod Brind’Amour was officially inducted into the “Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame” prior to the start of Flyers home game against one of Brind’Amour’s other former teams, the “Carolina Hurricanes.” Brind-Amour was the 9th overall pick in the 1st round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, where he would spend the first three seasons of his NHL career.
Prior to the 1991-92 season, Brind-Amour was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers where he would send the next 9 1/2 seasons. During his 9½ seasons with the Orange & Black, Brind’Amour registered a total of 235 goals, 366 assists, and 601 points in 633 games (Rod Brind’Amour, 2011). Brind’Amour also played a big part in helping the Flyers win the Eastern Conference and eventually reach the Stanley Cup during the 1996-97 NHL season.
In the middle of the 1999-00 season, Brind’Amour was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes were he would spend the final 9½ seasons of his NHL career. Brind’Amour would also lead the Hurricanes to their first ever “Stanley Cup” title in 2005-06. In addition, while with Hurricanes, Brind’Amour also received two consecutive “Frank J. Selke Trophy” awards (2005-06 & 2006-07). This awards is generally given to an NHL player who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. After his retirement at the conclusions of the 2009-10 NHL season, Brind’Amour would later go to become the current assistant head coach for the Carolina Hurricanes, which he started doing in the 2011-12 NHL season.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Brind’Amour’s name was raised along with former-Flyers Defenseman, #37 Éric Desjardins, to be forever remembered as one of the greats who ever played an NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers. As for the game itself, the Flyers would go on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime by a score of 3-2.