The Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday signed General Manager Jim Rutherford to a four-year contract extension.
The 2011-12 season will mark Rutherford's 18th in his current role, dating back to 1994, when the team was the Hartford Whalers, and runs through the 2015-16 season.
"Jim is one of the premiere general managers in all of sports," said Hurricanes CEO and Owner Peter Karmanos. "In the 14 years since the Hurricanes arrived in North Carolina, his leadership has allowed our franchise to host two Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL All-Star Game and the NHL Draft, bringing tremendously positive attention to the team and the area. This contract will take him through his 30th year with our hockey organization, and I am proud to have been associated with Jim for that long."
Under Rutherford, 62, the Hurricanes have posted a 482-428-136-20 regular-season record since arriving in North Carolina in 1997. Carolina has won three Southeast Division titles, went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2002 and beat the Edmonton Oilers in seven games to win the franchise's only championship in 2006.