Born in Ottawa and raised in Campbell River, B.C., he served as an assistant coach with the Hurricanes' for seven seasons from 2011-18, after working for the team in player development roles from 2010-2012.
In his first season as head coach, Brind'Amour led the Hurricanes to a 46-29-7 record (99 points) as the team reached the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. He became the fastest coach in franchise history to reach 20, 30 and 40 wins, and he earned the most wins (46) and points (99) for a first-year head coach in franchise history. Brind'Amour led the Hurricanes to the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the team's fourth appearance in the Conference Final in franchise history. Carolina knocked off the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in the First Round, defeating the Capitals in double overtime of Game 7, before sweeping the New York Islanders in four games in the Second Round.
Brind'Amour again led the Hurricanes to the playoffs in 2019-20, becoming the second head coach in franchise history to lead the Hurricanes/Whalers to the postseason in each of his first two seasons (Rick Ley: 1989-91). The Hurricanes swept the New York Rangers in three games in the Qualifying Round, marking the first time the team has won a postseason round in consecutive seasons in franchise history. Carolina registered a 38-25-5 record (81 points) in the pandemic-shortened season (68 games), posting the third-highest point percentage (.596) in a season in franchise history. Since becoming head coach prior to the 2018-19 season, Brind'Amour is tied for the fifth-most wins in the NHL (84).
Brind'Amour officially retired as a player on June 30, 2010, following a career of more than 20 NHL seasons. Originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, ninth overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Brind'Amour completed his career ranked 16th in NHL history in games played (1,484), 44th in assists (732), 46th in points (1,184) and 54th in goals (452), in 21 seasons with St. Louis, Philadelphia and Carolina. The Ottawa, Ont., native debuted with the Blues during the 1989 Stanley Cup Playoffs after completing one season at Michigan State, and scored a goal on his first NHL shot against the Minnesota North Stars. He was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 1990, after scoring 61 points (26g, 35a) in 79 games for St. Louis, and played in the NHL All-Star Game while a member of the Flyers in 1992. Brind'Amour represented Canada in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, as well as the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and won back-to-back Frank J. Selke trophies as the NHL's top defensive forward in 2005-06 and 2006-07, as a member of the Hurricanes.
Brind'Amour played in 159 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, totaling 51 goals and 60 assists (111 points). He participated in the Stanley Cup Final three times, reaching the Final in 1997 with Philadelphia, and in 2002 and 2006 with Carolina, captaining the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship. Acquired by the Hurricanes from the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 23, 2000, Brind'Amour ranks second in career points for the Hurricanes since the team's relocation to North Carolina, notching 473 points in 694 games played. He also ranks second in assists (299), second in shorthanded goals (10), fourth in goals (174) and third in power-play goals (60) in the team's North Carolina history. Brind'Amour ranks third in franchise history (including Hartford) in assists (299), fourth in points (473) and fifth in games played (694). Named the Hurricanes' captain prior to the 2005-06 season, Brind'Amour netted 31 goals and earned 39 assists (70 points) that season to lead the team to a franchise-record 52 regular-season wins. His league-leading 12 playoff goals during the team's Stanley Cup run also set a franchise record.
Rod and his wife, Amy, live in Raleigh. He has a daughter, Briley, and three sons, Skyler, Reece and Brooks.