Why Rod Brind’Amour might be the perfect linemate for Patrick Sharp
When Patrick Sharp and Rod Brinding are not on the ice, the two are often spotted together in the locker room at the United Center.
When Sharp is not, Brinding has his own place.
The former NHL star and current Vancouver Canucks defenceman has his locker with the number 26.
That number is the same as the number of the Vancouver Canucks, a reference to the team’s number 26 and Brinding’s number.
That also happens to be the number for the “shower curtain rod” Brinding uses in his pockets.
“Rod is always on my shoulder,” Sharp said.
“We just call it ‘the shower curtain.’
I’m always wearing a shower curtain.”
Sharp said he also has his personal number, 26, engraved on his arm.
It was his first time being the number in a game and he had some trouble remembering.
“I got it in the first period,” he said.
The Canucks, though, didn’t have to worry about Brinding missing games as he spent most of the season playing with a new number, 24.
“The one time I didn’t make it out of the first game was against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final,” he explained.
“My number was 24.”
He has been skating with Brinding for about a week and is enjoying the change of scenery.
“It’s a great experience,” he added.
“You get to spend more time with your teammates.
It’s a good experience to have the chance to skate with guys like him.”
It’s the same thing with Sharp.
The 22-year-old has never had a number as his own and he said he always had the numbers engraved on him when he was younger.
“As a kid, you’re like, ‘Man, I’d rather be with a number that is a number of my parents,’ ” he said, laughing.
“So I always liked it.”