Lace Up, Rod
August 12, 2020

Hurricanes legend/head coach Rod Brind’Amour is still an absolute U-N-I-T at 50 years old

Generally speaking, retired professional athletes tend to stay in *somewhat* decent shape in their post-playing days. But only a select few can maintain the body type that kept them in their respective leagues for a long time. Guys who fit this mold include Jaromir Jagr, Herschel Walker and current San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

You can add Carolina Hurricanes legend/head coach Rod Brind’Amour to that group. Brind’Amour, who won a Stanley Cup as Canes captain in 2006 and retired a few years later, turned 50 this past Sunday. He’s currently in his second season at the helm in Carolina, and his tenure is off to an extremely good start. Last year, the Canes made it to the Eastern Conference Finals before being swept by the Boston Bruins. This year, they disposed of the New York Rangers in three games in the qualifying round, and are currently in a tense Game 1 against those same Bruins that swept them a year ago.

But that ain’t the point of this post. The point is Brind’Amour is still an absolute U-N-I-T unit at the age of 50. During the second intermission, NBC Sports played a pre-taped segment about hockey life in the bubble, showing off all the activities players have the option of partaking in. One of those included some frisbee-tossing, which Brind-Amour joined in on, shirtless of course:

Rod Brind’Amour? More like ROCK Brind’Amour. What a freaking savage. “The best shape of anybody in the bubble,” said Carolina center Jordan Martinook. Pretty high praise considering how many other units there are in the bubble.

Is it any wonder this dude played for two decades in the NHL? It looks like he could still get a few shifts in for Game 2 if the Canes needed it. I would be looking over my shoulder the rest of the day if I was the ref that drew his ire in Game 1 on Wednesday: