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Coaching Staff

Rod Brind'Amour

Head Coach

Rod Brind'Amour, 50, is the 14th person to serve as head coach in franchise history, and the fifth since the team's arrival in North Carolina in 1997.

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.

Jeff Daniels

Assistant Coach

Jeff Daniels, 52, is in his 24th season with the Hurricanes organization and his third as assistant coach under Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour. This marks Daniels' seventh season as an assistant coach for the Hurricanes, having previously served as assistant coach from 2003-08.

Daniels has served in a variety of roles for the Hurricanes, including one season as manager of pro scouting (2017-18) and two seasons as a pro scout (2015-17). He also served as head coach of the team's top minor-league affiliates from 2008-15, posting a career AHL record of 268-225-51 in seven seasons with Albany and Charlotte. In his previous stint as an assistant coach with the Hurricanes, the Oshawa, Ont., native helped guide the team to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006. He also spent time in a player development role for the organization immediately following his retirement as a player in Nov. 2003.

Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sixth round, 109th overall, of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, Daniels played 425 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Hartford, Carolina, Florida and Nashville, winning a Stanley Cup title with the Penguins in 1992 and helping the Hurricanes reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2002.

Jeff and his wife, Jennifer, live in Morrisville, NC, and have a daughter named Jordan.

Paul Schonfelder

Goaltending Coach

Paul Schonfelder, 38, is in his third season with the Carolina Hurricanes and first as goaltending coach. Schonfelder spent the previous two seasons as minor league goalie consultant, where he worked with all goaltenders in the Hurricanes' minor-league system, including drafted players in the Canadian major-junior hockey leagues, ECHL and American Hockey League (AHL).

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Schonfelder spent three seasons as the goalie coach for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He's also gained experience working with netminders at St. Lawrence University, Ottawa University and the Kanata Stallions of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL).

The Stoney Creek, Ont., native has worked as a goalie coach for Hockey Canada, winning a gold medal at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and with Canada's 2015 U17 national team. He also spent a year with Japan's men's and women's national teams.

As a player, Schonfelder spent time with the OHL's Ottawa 67's and Sudbury Wolves, and was part of the 67's Memorial Cup-winning team in 1999. He played professionally in the Central Hockey League (CHL), United Hockey League (UHL) and Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), including with the Cape Fear Fire Antz.

Chris Huffine

Video Coach

Chris Huffine is in his 21st season as the team's full-time video coach. Prior to joining the team full time, he spent two seasons as a part-time video coordinator with the club, handling video breakdown during home games in Greensboro and taping future opponents during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.

Huffine is responsible for all pre-scouting of future opponents. He works closely with the coaching staff, preparing scouting reports for individual players as well as the team. His work includes breaking down the other teams' systems and tendencies, including forecheck, power plays and penalty kills, and putting together meetings for the coaches to inform the players. In addition to preparing for the opponent, he also breaks down games as they happen on a laptop editing system so that coaches and players have access to the information immediately during and after the game.

Before joining the Hurricanes, Huffine served as the video coordinator for the Greensboro Monarchs for five seasons. In addition to being a member of the 2005-06 Stanley Cup Champions, he was also chosen to represent USA Hockey as the video coach for the 2006 Mens Olympic Team in Turin, Italy.

Chris and his wife, Heather, reside in Raleigh, with their sons, Samuel and Jacob.

Trace Linton

Video Scouting Coordinator

Trace Linton is entering his fourth season with the Carolina Hurricanes as Video Scouting Coordinator.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Linton gained NHL experience with the Columbus Blue Jackets working as a hockey operations intern and video scout. Additionally, Linton gained experience while interning with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones and University of Cincinnati Men's ice hockey team.

Linton attended the University of Cincinnati and majored in Sport Administration. Trace and his fiancée, Jenna, live in Raleigh.