One name that keeps reappearing in a number of different circles as potential future Hall of Famers is Rod Brind'Amour. Add News & Observer writer Luke DeCock to the list of people who believe that Brind'Amour is not only deserving of the Hall but will get a call in the future.
DeCock, who writes for a Raleigh-based newspaper, cites examples from Brind'Amour's career with the Carolina Hurricanes but Brind'Amour was also incredibly successful during his time in Philadelphia.
Brind'Amour, 42, played for the Flyers from 1991-2000 before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Keith Primeau, who later became the Flyers captain. While with the Flyers, Brind'Amour posted his best seasons, like in 1993-94 when he scored 35 goals, 62 assists for 97 points at the age of 23. Brind'Amour scored 33 or more goals four times in his eight full seasons in Philadelphia. He set the Flyers "Ironman" record by playing in 484 straight games.
The gritty would later go on to win the 2006 Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes under current Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and become the team's captain. Brind'Amour was well-known for his tough style and ability to win faceoffs.
Brind'Amour was one of those players who you love to have on your team. It was the first time in my entire life that I actually felt sad when I heard the news that a player was traded. I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that the trade worked out great for both teams but I still love Brind'Amour. He was a classy guy and I hope his day in the Hall comes sooner rather than later.
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