Rod Brind’Amour never seems to get the name right.

When the Carolina Hurricanes coach mentions forward Martin Necas, he usually pronounces the last name “NEE-cash.” That’s not quite right, according to Martin Necas, who says it’s “NEH-chus.”

Whatever the pronunciation, Necas just wants his head coach to use the name as often as possible, and in a good way. Like on Thursday night, for example.

He has made the journey from many hoping he would be a full-time player for the Hurricanes in his age-21 season, to showing signs of a very bright future at the NHL level.