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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC (Sept. 6, 2001) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the signing of center Rod Brind’Amour to a six-year contract. As per club policy, no other terms were released.

Brind’Amour, 31, was fourth on the team in points (56), third in assists (36) and tied for third in goals (20) last season. Brind’Amour was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2001-2002 season.

“We are extremely happy to sign Rod to a long-term contract,” Rutherford said. “He is an important part of the Hurricanes present and future. Rod is a special person. He’s well-respected by the organization, his teammates and the community.”

Brind’Amour will be starting his 13th NHL season and his third with Carolina. He was second in the league in faceoff winning percentage at 60.4 percent last season and centered a line that included Shane Willis and left winger Martin Gelinas. He earned assists in eight consecutive games (Jan. 18-Feb. 1, 2001: 2 goals, 10 assists) and recorded his second career hat trick on Jan. 7, 2001 against the New York Islanders.

In 112 games with the Hurricanes, Brind’Amour has 24 goals and 46 assists. In 902 NHL games, Brind’Amour has 302 goals and 479 assists, while in 93 career playoff games, Brind’Amour has 34 goals and 43 assists.

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