Rod Brind'Amour

Roderic Jean Brind'Amour (born August 9, 1970) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player who currently serves as the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League.

Rod Brind'Amour
Born (1970-08-09) August 9, 1970
OccupationIce hockey coach, player

Coaching career
PositionHead coach
General managerDon Waddell
TeamCarolina Hurricanes
Years as NHL player1989–2010
Years as a coach2011–present
Years as an NHL coach2018–present
Years with current team2011–present
Ice hockey career
Brind'Amour with the Hurricanes in 2009
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
Philadelphia Flyers
Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1988
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 19892010

Brind'Amour played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He captained the Hurricanes to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 2006.

Playing career

Early years

Born in Ottawa but raised in Prince Rupert and Campbell River, British Columbia, Brind'Amour was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, ninth overall, of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He played the next season at Michigan State University.

He became known for working out constantly, earning the nickname "Rod the Bod".[1] During his time at Michigan State, Brind'Amour would go from a game directly into the weight room, where he would undertake a strenuous workout. Spartans head coach Ron Mason said Brind'Amour's workouts became so intense they would turn the lights out on him, and when that failed to work, they would padlock the room to bar his entry.[2]

At the conclusion of the 1988–89 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) season with the Spartans, Brind'Amour joined the Blues during the 1989 Stanley Cup playoffs. He made his debut in Game 5 of the Blues' division semifinals against the Minnesota North Stars, and scored a goal on his first shot. In his first full NHL season, 1989–90, Brind'Amour scored 27 points in the Blues' first 24 games and finished third on the Blues with 26 goals. For his efforts, Brind'Amour was selected to the 1989–90 All-Rookie Team.

Philadelphia Flyers

Brind'Amour was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers (along with Dan Quinn) in exchange for Murray Baron and Ron Sutter following the 1990–91 season. He spent his years in Philadelphia as an alternate to captain Kevin Dineen and then Eric Lindros, filling in as captain and wearing the "C" when the latter was out of the lineup. It was there he started his reputation of being one of the best shutdown centres of the NHL. This has culminated into a Selke Trophy later awarded to him as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and again in 2007.[3]

When the Flyers faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 1997 playoffs, Brind'Amour scored two short-handed goals during a single power play.[4] The Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, which they lost to the Detroit Red Wings.

During his stint with Philadelphia, Brind'Amour was considered one of the NHL's "ironmen" with a consecutive games streak of 484 played, a Flyers franchise record. He culminated his career as a Flyer after 633 games with franchise records as the seventh all-time in assists with 366, tenth all time in goals with 235 and ninth overall in points with 601. He was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame on November 23, 2015, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, with whom he was an assistant coach at the time.

Carolina Hurricanes

Following his return from an ankle injury during the 1999–2000 season, Brind'Amour was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes (along with Jean-Marc Pelletier) in exchange for Keith Primeau.

Additionally, Brind'Amour was one-third of Carolina's "BBC Line", also featuring Bates Battaglia and Erik Cole, during the Hurricanes' run to the Finals in 2002. Brind'Amour was named captain of the Hurricanes before the 2005–06 season.

Brind'Amour won a Stanley Cup ring with the Hurricanes, defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals in seven games. During the subsequent off-season, Brind'Amour signed a five-year contract extension with the Hurricanes.

In December 2006, Brind'Amour recorded his 1,000th career NHL point, and in February 2007, he scored his 400th career goal.

On February 14, 2008, in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brind'Amour tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the first period, ending his season. However, Brind'Amour would return for the 2008–09 season, playing in 80 games while recording 16 goals and 35 assists as the Hurricanes reached the Eastern Conference Finals.

On January 20, 2010, Brind'Amour was replaced as Hurricanes captain by Eric Staal, previously an alternate captain. Brind'Amour then served as an alternate captain for the remainder of the season. Following the conclusion of the season, Brind'Amour retired from professional hockey, having played 1,484 career NHL games, after which he moved into Hurricanes' management as a director of forwards development. [5] His number 17 jersey was retired in a ceremony on February 18, 2011. The ceremony took place prior to a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, which at the time was coached by Peter Laviolette. Thus the two teams Brind'Amour spent the bulk of his career with, as well as the coach he won the Stanley Cup with, were present to honour him. It is the third number to be officially retired by the Hurricanes since moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, after Ron Francis' number 10 and Glen Wesley's number 2. [6] Brind'Amour was among the last few players in the NHL who had also played in the League during the 1980s. At the time of his retirement, he finished his professional career 18th in all-time NHL games played.

Coaching career

On June 7, 2011, Brind'Amour was introduced by the Carolina Hurricanes as their assistant coach and development coach,[7] retaining his role in developing the franchise's forwards while also spending time behind the bench in the NHL.

Brind'Amour represented the Hurricanes in a ceremony before the Charlotte Checkers' first home game as Carolina's new American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.

On May 8, 2018, Brind'Amour was hired as the Hurricanes' head coach.[8] In his first season as head coach, Brind'Amour guided the team to its first playoff berth in a decade, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals where they were swept by the Boston Bruins.

Personal life

Brind'Amour was married to Kelle Gardiner, with whom he had three children. The couple divorced in 2004.

On July 10, 2010, Brind'Amour married Amy Biedenbach, the daughter of former North Carolina State University basketball standout and former UNC Asheville men's basketball coach, Eddie Biedenbach.[9] The couple have one son together.

Brind'Amour's oldest son, Skyler, was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers 177th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Notre Dame Hounds SMHL 33 38 50 88 66
1987–88 Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 56 46 61 107 136
1987–88 Notre Dame Hounds Cen-Cup 5 5 9 14 4
1988–89 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 42 27 32 59 63
1988–89 St. Louis Blues NHL 5 2 0 2 4
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 26 35 61 46 12 5 8 13 6
1990–91 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 17 32 49 93 13 2 5 7 10
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 33 44 77 100
1992–93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 37 49 86 89
1993–94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 84 35 62 97 85
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 48 12 27 39 33 15 6 9 15 8
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 26 61 87 110 12 2 5 7 6
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 27 32 59 41 19 13 8 21 10
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 36 38 74 54 5 2 2 4 7
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 24 50 74 47 6 1 3 4 0
1999–00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 5 3 8 4
1999–00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 33 4 10 14 22
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 20 36 56 47 6 1 3 4 6
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 23 32 55 40 23 4 8 12 16
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 48 14 23 37 37
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 12 26 38 28
2004–05 Kloten Flyers NLA 2 2 1 3 0 5 2 4 6 6
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 31 39 70 68 25 12 6 18 16
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 26 56 82 46
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 59 19 32 51 38
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 16 35 51 36 18 1 3 4 8
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 9 10 19 36
NHL totals 1,484 452 732 1,184 1,100 159 51 60 111 97
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
1994 Italy Ice Hockey


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
Junior totals72354
Senior totals351081812

NHL coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
CAR2018–19 8246297994th in Metropolitan87.533Lost in Conference Finals
Total8246297  87.533

Awards and honours

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 1988–89 [10]
All-Star Game 1992
Frank J. Selke Trophy 2005–06, 2006–07
Stanley Cup 2006

See also


  1. Larkin, Matt. "Best of the Books: Biggest Fitness Freak," The Hockey News, Sunday, October 27, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2018
  2. Wigge, Larry. "Brind'Amour's drive has been there since he was 12,", Wednesday, January 7, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2018
  3. "Penguins' Crosby captures Hart Trophy as League MVP". 2008. Retrieved May 19, 2008.
  4. "Remember that time Rod Brind'Amour scored two shorties on the same power play?". CSN Philly. February 17, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  6. "Canes to retire Brind'Amour's jersey". 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  7. Williams, Terrell (July 6, 2011). "Hurricanes Announce Coaching Changes". Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  8. Williams, Terrell (May 8, 2018). "Hurricanes Name Rod Brind'Amour as Head Coach". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  9. "Rod Brind'Amour retires". 2010. Archived from the original on July 10, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  10. "CCHA All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Keith Osborne
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jason Marshall
Preceded by
John DePourcq
CCHA Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
David Roberts
Preceded by
Pelle Eklund
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
Succeeded by
Mark Recchi
Preceded by
Ron Francis
Carolina Hurricanes captain
Succeeded by
Eric Staal
Preceded by
Kris Draper
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
2006, 2007
Succeeded by
Pavel Datsyuk
Preceded by
Bill Peters
Head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes
Succeeded by
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