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This Day in Canes History: June 30

Brind'Amour hangs up the skates to begin next chapter

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

On this day in Canes history ...

June 30, 2010

Rod Brind'Amour announces his retirement from hockey, beginning a transition to a position in the Carolina Hurricanes' front office.

On Jan. 23, 2000, the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Rod Brind'Amour from the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the 10 years that followed, Brind'Amour raised the competitive standard of the Hurricanes' organization and achieved personal greatness in a career most worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.

Brind'Amour totaled 452 goals, 732 assists and 1,184 points in 1,484 career NHL games from 1989-2010 and won back-to-back Frank J. Selke trophies as the NHL's top defensive forward (2006, 2007). Brind'Amour earned 111 points (51g, 60a) in 159 career Stanley Cup playoff games and made three appearances in the Stanley Cup Final, captaining the Hurricanes to the franchise's sole championship in 2005-06.

Video: Rod Brind'Amour Talks Winning Stanley Cup

In 694 games played over 10 seasons with the Canes, Brind'Amour recorded 473 points (174g, 299a). In that time, he won a staggering 59.3 percent of faceoffs he took, often against the opposition's best in the circle. Brind'Amour, who was named captain prior to the 2005-06 season, also displayed consummate professionalism, quality leadership and seemingly endless intangibles, and his No. 17 forever hangs in the rafters at PNC Arena.

With still one year remaining on his playing contract, Brind'Amour hung up the skates on June 30, 2010.

"I think it's always hard when it's over and you're done. But I think at that point in my career, I knew it was coming, and I prepared myself really the last 10 years of my career that it could be over at any minute," he reflected two years later. "My last year was not how I would have wanted it to go down. It was a very sour taste in my mouth. But at the end of it, I looked at the positives, and I looked at all the opportunities that I did have, and I was fortunate to get a chance to lead a championship team. So, I had a lot more good times than bad."

"For 10 years, Rod Brind'Amour has represented the best of Hurricanes hockey," President and General Manager Jim Rutherford said at the time of Brind'Amour's retirement. "He helped the franchise reach two Stanley Cup Finals and led the team to its first championship. His work ethic set the bar for what is expected in our locker room, as did his professionalism and leadership. I look forward to working with Rod as he begins his next chapter in hockey."

After spending time away from the game for just the summer, Brind'Amour's next chapter began when he was named the director of forwards development for the Canes before the 2010-11 season. The next season, he added assistant coaching duties to his role and soon after transitioned into a full-time assistant coach position, where he remained through 2018.

On May 8, 2018, Brind'Amour was named the Canes' head coach, the 14th person in franchise history to serve in that position.

Video: Rod Brind'Amour Signs Contract

In his first season as head coach, Brind'Amour guided the Canes to a 46-29-7 record (99 points) and the team's first playoff appearance in a decade. The Canes proceeded on a magical run to the 2019 Eastern Conference Final, knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in a thrilling, seven-game First Round series and then sweeping the New York Islanders in the Second Round.

Over nearly two full seasons, Brind'Amour owns an 84-54-12 record as head coach of the Canes.

Rod Brind'Amour belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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