RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with assistant coaches Rod Brind'Amour and Steve Smith, as well as Video Coach Chris Huffine. Francis also announced that the team has added L.J. Scarpace as video coach. Head Coach Bill Peters signed a contract extension in July 2016, which goes through the 2018-19 season.
"We feel strongly that we have the right people in place to help our young team take the next step this season," said Francis. "The addition of L.J. Scarpace allows our staff even more capabilities on the video side."
Scarpace, 41, recently completed his 12th season under Red Berenson with the University of Michigan men's hockey program, and his third season as the team's director of player development. Prior to that promotion, he served as Michigan's video coordinator since 2004, managing the team's video and statistical systems. A native of Dearborn, MI, Scarpace attended Western Michigan University for two years before transferring to the University of Michigan, where he went 6-2-0 and had a 1.94 goals-against average and .910 save percentage as a goaltender for the Wolverines over two seasons. Following graduation, he played in the ECHL with the Dayton Bombers and Cincinnati Cyclones before returning to Ann Arbor.