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Brind'Amour named Hurricanes coach

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Rod Brind'Amour was named coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Brind'Amour, 47, an assistant and development coach for Carolina since June 7, 2011, will replace Bill Peters, who resigned April 20 and was hired as coach of the Calgary Flames three days later.

Brind'Amour was captain of the Hurricanes when they won the Stanley Cup with a seven-game victory in the Final against the Edmonton Oilers in 2006

"Rod is the greatest leader in the history of this franchise and has earned the opportunity to take charge of our locker room," Waddell said. "We spoke to a number of candidates for this position, but our conversations with staff and players consistently returned to the same person. Rod's fresh ideas, ability to motivate, and understanding of what it takes to bring a championship to Raleigh will help our young team take the next step toward competing to bring the Cup back to North Carolina."

Brind'Amour played 20 seasons in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Hurricanes. A two-time winner of the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward, he retired June 30, 2010, with 1,184 points (452 goals, 732 assists) in 1,484 NHL games.

"I'm excited for Rod to have that opportunity," Hurricanes forward Justin Williams, who played with Brind'Amour on Carolina's 2006 Cup-winning team, told The News & Observer on Tuesday. "He's seen so much, so many coaches in his time, he's learned from them, he deserves a chance to make it his own. I've got a lot of time for Rod. He means a lot to me in my hockey career. Absolutely, I'm going to endorse him."

Don Waddell was named Carolina president and general manager.

The New York Rangers are only NHL team without a coach after firing Alain Vigneault on April 7. Jim Montgomery was hired by the Dallas Stars on May 4 to replace Ken Hitchcock, who retired April 13.



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