Rod Brind'Amour

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Rod Brind'Amour
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Born (1970-08-09) August 9, 1970 (age 43)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
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
Kloten Flyers (NLA)
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1988
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1989–2010

Roderic Jean Brind'Amour (born August 9, 1970) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who 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. He now acts as their assistant coach and development coach.

Brind'Amour, assistant coach with the Hurricanes, December 2011.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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. Brind'Amour played the next season at Michigan State University. Brind'Amour became well known for working out constantly, earning the nickname "Rod the Bod". 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. His coach at the time said that Brind'Amour's workouts became so intense that they would turn the lights out on him, and when that failed to work, they would padlock the room.

At the conclusion of the collegiate hockey season, Brind'Amour joined the Blues during the 1989 NHL 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, Brind'Amour scored 27 points in the Blues' first 24 games and finished third on the Blues with 26 goals. Brind'Amour was selected to the 1989–90 All-Rookie Team.

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

Brind'Amour was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers with Dan Quinn for Murray Baron and Ron Sutter following the 1990–91 season. Brind'Amour was one of Philadelphia's most popular players. He spent his years in Philadelphia as an alternate captain to Kevin Dineen and then Eric Lindros, filling in as captain and wearing the "C" when Lindros was out of the lineup. It was there that he started his reputation of being one of the best shutdown centres of the NHL. This has culminated into a Selke Trophy awarded to him as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and again in 2007.[1]

During his stint with Philadelphia he was considered one of the league's 'ironmen', with a consecutive games streak of 484 played, a Flyers franchise record.

Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

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

Additionally, he was one-third of the "BBC Line" featuring Bates Battaglia and Erik Cole during the Carolina Hurricanes’ run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002. Brind'Amour was named Captain of the Hurricanes before the 2005–06 season.

Brind'Amour won his only Stanley Cup on June 19, 2006, with the Hurricanes, defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals in seven games. During that summer, Brind'Amour re-signed with the Hurricanes with a five-year deal.

In December 2006, he scored his 1000th career point and in February 2007, he recorded his 400th career goal.

On February 14, 2008 against Pittsburgh, Brind'Amour tore his ACL in the first period ending his 2007–08 season. However, Brind'Amour would return for the 2008-09 NHL 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 was an alternate captain for the rest of the season (and as it would turn out, his career). Following the 2009-10 season, Brind'Amour retired as a player, having played 1,484 career NHL games, and moved into Hurricanes team management as a director of forwards development.[2] His #17 number was retired in a ceremony on February 18, 2011. The ceremony took place prior to a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, whose coach was 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 honor him. It is the third number to be officially retired by the Hurricanes since moving to Raleigh, after Glen Wesley's #2 and Ron Francis' #10; all three retired players continue to work within the organization.[3]

Brind'Amour represented the team in a ceremony before the Charlotte Checkers' first home game as the Hurricanes' new AHL affiliate.

On June 7, 2011, Brind'Amour was introduced by the Hurricanes as their assistant coach and development coach.[4] He will retain his role in developing the franchise's forwards while also spending time behind the bench in the NHL.

Brind'Amour was among the last few players in the league who had also played in the NHL in the 1980s. He finished his professional career 18th all-time in games played.

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 1988-89
NHL All-Star Game 1992
NHL Frank J. Selke Trophy 2005-06, 2006-07
Stanley Cup Carolina Hurricanes 2006
Rod Brind'Amour
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 1994 Italy Ice Hockey
  • His #17 jersey was retired by the Hurricanes on February 18, 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Brind'Amour has three children from his first marriage: a daughter, Briley, and two sons, Skyler and Reece. Brind'Amour was married for the second time on July 10, 2010 to Amy Biedenbach, a native of Raleigh and daughter of former N.C. State basketball standout and former UNC Asheville men's basketball coach Eddie Biedenbach.[5] Rod and Amy have a son, Brooks Edward Brind'Amour, born on December 19, 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    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 Swiss 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

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Canada WJC 7 2 3 5 4
1992 Canada WC 6 1 1 2 4
1993 Canada WC 8 3 1 4 6
1994 Canada WC 8 4 2 6 2
1996 Canada WCH 7 1 2 3 0
1998 Canada Oly 6 1 2 3 0
Junior int'l totals 7 2 3 5 4
Senior int'l totals 35 10 8 18 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penguins' Crosby captures Hart Trophy as League MVP". NHL.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://hurricanes.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=533288
  3. ^ "Canes to retire Brind'Amour's jersey". WRAL.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  4. ^ Williams, Terrell (2011-07-06). "Hurricanes Announce Coaching Changes". hurricanes.nhl.com. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Rod Brind'Amour retires". theglobeandmail.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Keith Osborne
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
1988
Succeeded by
Jason Marshall
Preceded by
John DePourcq
CCHA Rookie of the Year
1988–89
Succeeded by
David Roberts
Preceded by
Pelle Eklund
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
1992
Succeeded by
Mark Recchi
Preceded by
Ron Francis
Carolina Hurricanes captain
2005-10
Succeeded by
Eric Staal
Preceded by
Kris Draper
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
2006, 2007
Succeeded by
Pavel Datsyuk