ST. LOUIS — Pierre Brassard has gotten a singular perspective on a number of NHL franchises, the newest being the Islanders, as his son, Derick, has had a well-traveled profession.
“It’s completely different,” Pierre Brassard stated on Thursday morning as he watched the Islanders’ morning skate at Enterprise Middle earlier than that night time’s sport towards the Stanley Cup champion Blues. “You may play with one group, 12, 14 years. However I can evaluate the teaching, the dads, the whole lot, with how they run issues.”
The sport at St. Louis was the highway portion of the Islanders dads’ journey, which additionally included Tuesday night time’s 4-3 breakneck-paced overtime loss to the Rangers at NYCB Stay’s Nassau Coliseum. Eighteen Islanders gamers both had their father or a male mentor touring with the staff.
“He’s excited yearly,” Mathew Barzal stated of his father, Mike, on his third dads’ journey with the Islanders. “He talks about it in the summertime, simply the humorous tales over the course of the weekend. He loves coming round and I’m certain all the opposite dads do, too, and it’s enjoyable having them for a number of days.”
Virtually all NHL groups now do some variation of a member of the family journey every season. Some groups have had mothers’ journeys, some have additionally carried out siblings’ journeys.
Normally, although, it’s the dads.
“It brings some good recollections,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz stated. “They keep in mind a few of the stuff rising up. However let’s not neglect the mothers, too. We haven’t carried out a mothers’ journey they usually get quite a lot of credit score, too. I’ve acquired to remind the dads they higher convey a pleasant, massive current…