October 29 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Brad Powe has accompanied his son, Flyers forward Darroll Powe, on more hockey road trips than he could possibly count.
But he wouldn’t trade these last three father-son bonding trips for anything.
Brad Powe is one of only 13 family members accompanying the Flyers to Pittsburgh, as the Flyers will face off against the Penguins tonight at Consol Energy Center in the third matchup between the teams this month.
Fathers, brothers and even a brother-in-law were permitted to travel with the team for the 1-night stay in the Steel City, which includes a team dinner and concludes after tomorrow night’s home game with the Islanders.
“I think they’re all excited to see the day-to-day happenings here,” Darroll Powe said. “They’re the ones who did all the work getting us here, so it’s a great trip for them. There aren’t many jobs where you get to bring your dad to work. It’s pretty cool.”
Brad Powe, a director for a financial firm, flew in from Ottawa to join the team. In the previous 2 years, he joined the team on trips to Atlanta and Washington.
“It’s a dream come true for a father, to see your son play in the NHL,” Brad Powe said. “I think just being with the guys and watching what they do every day is pretty neat. What’s really interesting is coming to practice, seeing how much they go through the drills, and then realizing that their success is not an accident.
“They take a thousand shots at one little corner of the net for the 10, 12 or 15 minutes they get in the game. You see how much work goes into it and how dedicated they are.”
Not everyone’s family members could join them on the trip. Matt Carle’s brother, David Carle, who was a 2008 draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning before being forced to retire from hockey because of a serious heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, replaced his father, Bob, who was away on a business trip (read more about David Carle at http://ph.ly/4r).
Sergei Bobrovsky’s father was busy working in Russia, but hopes to visit Philadelphia in January. Ville Leino’s father, Hannu, was working in Finland, where he captains a boat cruising that country’s famous lakes. Both fathers religiously keep up with the Flyers thanks to the Internet.
Brian Boucher – the youngest of four – was joined by his oldest brother, Pete, from Woonsocket, R.I., where he works in construction. Andreas Nodl’s parents are divorced, so he was disappointed there are no trips for mothers.”
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