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Brind'Amour helps servicewoman surprise dad with return from deployment

Carolina coach delivered important assist to family before game against Flyers

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Rod Brind'Amour delivered his most important assist in years Saturday.

The Carolina Hurricanes coach helped Valerie Colicchio surprise her father Scott with her return home from military deployment before Carolina's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: Scott thought he was just meeting the head coach of his favorite teamThere was someone else waiting to see him��� pic.twitter.com/hRePHNi2ro

Valerie had spent the past five-and-a-half months stationed in Djibouti, Africa as a logistics specialist in the U.S. Navy. That's where Scott thought she was when he met with Brind'Amour on Saturday, and like any proud parent Scott boasted about Valerie's insane fandom for Brind'Amour, especially when he played for the Flyers for nine seasons from 1991-2000.

But when Brind'Amour disappeared, and Valerie came walking out, things got a little dusty.

"Thank you so much," Scott said to Brind'Amour. "This means the world to me."

"You've almost got me crying now," Brind'Amour responded. "Hopefully this brings us some luck."

The Colicchios did seem to bring the Hurricanes some luck since the family stayed for Carolina's all-important 5-2 win against the Flyers.

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