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Coaching Staff

Rod Brind'Amour

Head Coach

Rod Brind'Amour, 47, is in his first year as head coach for the Carolina Hurricanes, after serving as an assistant coach for seven years.

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, with their son, Brooks. Rod also has a daughter, Briley, and two sons, Skyler and Reece.

Steve Smith

Assistant Coach

Steve Smith, 54, is in his third season as assistant coach with the Hurricanes, serving alongside Rod Brind'Amour under head coach Bill Peters. It marks Smith's eighth season as an NHL coach, having previously served as an assistant for the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Smith has been a part of four Stanley Cup championship teams - three as a player with Edmonton (1987, 1988, 1990) and one as a scout with Chicago (2010).

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Smith spent four seasons with the Oilers from 2010-2014. The Glasgow, Scotland, native had also gained experience as an assistant coach with the Flames in 1997-98, before returning to the ice as a player for the Flames for three more seasons. Smith then worked as a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks prior to joining the Oilers coaching staff, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010.

Selected by the Oilers in the sixth round of the 1981 NHL Draft, Smith played 804 career regular-season NHL games and recorded 375 points (72g, 303a) and 2,139 penalty minutes as a defenseman with Edmonton, Chicago and Calgary. Along with playing a role on three Stanley Cup championship teams with the Oilers, Smith advanced to the Stanley Cup Final twice more with the Blackhawks, totaling 52 points (11g, 41a) in 134 career playoff games. Smith had three 50-point seasons as a blueliner, including a career-high 57 points (10g, 47a) for Chicago in 1992-93.

Prior to turning professional, Smith played for London of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 1980-1983, totaling 20 goals, 83 assists (103 points) and 481 penalty minutes.

Steve and his wife, Sheri, have five kids: Alexandria, Barron, Nicole, Tanner and Zoe.

Mike Bales

Goaltending Coach

Mike Bales, 46, is in his first season with the Carolina Hurricanes and his fifth season as a goaltending coach in the National Hockey League.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Bales served as goaltending coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2013-2017, winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017. Prior to being promoted to goaltending coach, Bales served as the Penguins' goaltending development coach and scout from 2011-2013, helping to scout, draft and develop Matt Murray, who posted 15 wins as a rookie during Pittsburgh's 2016 Stanley Cup run. A Penguins netminder posted at least 30 wins during the regular season in each of Bales' four seasons as goaltending coach, with Marc-Andre Fleury earning Team MVP honors and a spot in the NHL All-Star Game in 2014-15, posting 34 wins and a franchise-record 10 shutouts. During Pittsburgh's run to the 2017 Stanley Cup, Pittsburgh goaltenders combined for a 2.19 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and five shutouts.

A native of Prince Albert, Sask., Bales was selected by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round, 105th overall, at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He played professionally as a goaltender for 18 seasons before beginning his coaching career, appearing in 23 NHL games with Boston and Ottawa. He also spent time in the American Hockey League (AHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and European leagues in Germany, Sweden and Northern Ireland. Prior to turning professional, he played three seasons of collegiate hockey for Ohio State.

Bales and his wife, Melanie, have three kids: William (14), Alexander (11) and Alexa (11).

Chris Huffine

Video Coach

Chris Huffine is in his 18th 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.

LJ Scarpace

Video Coach

LJ Scarpace, 41, is in his first season as video coach for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Scarpace spent 13 seasons under Red Berenson with the University of Michigan men's hockey program, serving as the team's director of player development for the final three seasons from 2014-2017. 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.

Scarpace, and his wife, Stacy, have two daughters, Kylie (13) and Chloe (10), and live in Cary.