Brind'Amour in 2009 playing with the Carolina Hurricanes.
August 9, 1970 |
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues
|NHL Draft||9th overall, 1988
St. Louis Blues
Roderic Jean Brind'Amour (born August 9, 1970) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre and the current assistant and development coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. 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.
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. He became 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 to bar his entry.
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.
Brind'Amour was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers 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 that 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.
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. 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 League'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 7th all time in assists with 366, 10th all time in goals with 235 and 9th 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.
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 his first and only Stanley Cup on June 19, 2006, with the Hurricanes, defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals in seven games. During subsequent off-season, Brind'Amour re-signed with the Hurricanes with a five-year contract extension.
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, where he then moved into Hurricanes' management as a director of forwards development.  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 Glen Wesley's number 2 and Ron Francis' number 10; all three retired players continue to work within the organization. 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.
On June 7, 2011, Brind'Amour was introduced by the Hurricanes as their assistant coach and development coach. He will retain his role in developing the franchise's forwards while also spending time behind the bench in the NHL.
Brind'Amour has three children from his first marriage to Kelly Sue Gardner (a.k.a. Kelle Sullivan Gardner, Kelle Sullivan Brind'Amour): a daughter, Briley, and two sons, Skyler and Reece. Skyler was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers, 177th overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Brind'Amour married for the second time on July 10, 2010, to Amy Biedenbach, a native of Raleigh and the daughter of former North Carolina State University basketball standout and former UNC Asheville men's basketball coach, Eddie Biedenbach. Rod and Amy have a son, Brooks Edward Brind'Amour, born on December 19, 2011.
Regular season and playoffs
|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|
|1994 Italy||Ice Hockey|
Awards and honours
|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|
- "Penguins' Crosby captures Hart Trophy as League MVP". NHL.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.[dead link]
- "Remember that time Rod Brind'Amour scored two shorties on the same power play?". CSN Philly. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Canes to retire Brind'Amour's jersey". WRAL.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- Williams, Terrell (2011-07-06). "Hurricanes Announce Coaching Changes". hurricanes.nhl.com. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- "Rod Brind'Amour retires". theglobeandmail.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
- "CCHA All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
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|Awards and achievements|
|St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
|CCHA Rookie of the Year
|Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
|Carolina Hurricanes captain
|Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy