On October 23rd, Darroll Powe was recalled by the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers from their minor league affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
Now, one might wonder what a minor league call-up in hockey making his NHL debut has to do with baseball. Well, as it turns out, Powe is the nephew of Baseball Canada Director General Jim Baba.
Powe, along with Jared Ross were re-called by the Flyers after Flyers’ center Daniel Briere is day-to-day with a lower body injury and winger Simon Gagné is day-to-day with the flu.
“We’re very excited for Darroll,” says Jim Baba. “It’s exciting to see a member of your family realize his dream and make it to the NHL. We wish him all the best and hopefully he will be up there for a while.”
As special as Powe’s debut in the NHL is already, there is a little added excitement as he is expected to make his debut against the team he grew up idolizing, the New Jersey Devils.
“They were Darroll’s favourite team when he was a kid,” confirms Baba.
Powe’s new favourite team, the Philadelphia Flyers, take on his old favourite team, the New Jersey Devils, tonight, Friday, October 24th in New Jersey where the Flyers will be looking to get their first win of the season. Game time is 7 pm ET.