Roderic Jean “Rod” Brind’Amour (born on September 8th 1970) is a former Canadian ice hockey center and current head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. He played 20 seasons in NHL with the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks. Rod Brind’Amour won one Stanley Cup (2006).
Rod Brind’Amour played junior level with Notre Dame Hounds (1986-88). He was drafted by St. Louis Blues in the first round (9th overall) of the 1988 NHL Draft. Brind’Amour played most of the season 1988-89 with Michigan State University, but joined St. Louis Blues during the 1989 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
St. Louis and Philadelphia Flyers
Rod Brind’Amour played next two seasons with the Blues, but following the 1990-91 season he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. In Philadelphia, Rod Brind’Amour started to gained reputation as one of the best defensive centres of the NHL. Philadelphia Flyers reached the Stanley Cup finals in the 1997 playoffs, but they lost to the Detroit Red Wings. Brind’Amour played 633 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and made 601 (235+366) points. In the 1999-2000 season Brind’Amour was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Rod Brind’Amour, Bates Battaglia and Erik Cole formed “the BBC Line” when Carolina Hurricanes surprisingly made to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2001-02 season. Carolina Hurricanes lost 4-1 their first Finals appearance ever. Rod Brind’Amour was named captain of the Hurricanes before the 2005-06 season. That season was success story to the Hurricanes, because the reached the Stanley Cup Finals again. Carolina Hurricanes won their first ever Stanley Cup as they beat Edmonton Oilers 4-3.
On 20.1.2010. Brind’Amour was replaced as Hurricanes captain by Eric Staal. Brind’Amour served rest of the season as an alternate captain, but made his own conclusions and retired from professional hockey after season ends. Rod Brind’Amour played 694 games with the Carolina Hurricanes and made 473 (174+299) points
Other interesting stuff
Rod Brind’Amour won two Frank J. Selke Trophies (2006, 2007) for a NHL’s best defensive forward. He is one of the three players whose numbers are retired by Carolina Hurricanes – number #17 retired 18.2.2011. Rod Brind’Amour is one of the players, who played over 1000 NHL games (1484) and made over 1000 points (452+732 = 1184). On 7.6.2011 Brind’Amour started as an assistant and development coach with Carolina Hurricanes. On 8.5.2018 Brind’Amour was named as the Hurricanes’ head coach – his first season as a head coach Carolina Hurricanes clinched playoff spot for the first time since 2009.