Hurricanes name former captain Brind'Amour as coach

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Since Brind'Amour sparked Carolina's run to the Stanley Cup in 2006, the Hurricanes' only trip to the playoffs came in 2009. He's been overdue for a head coaching job.

A month later, Hall of Fame player and general manager Ron Francis - who, like Brind'Amour, has his jersey number hanging from the PNC Arena rafters - was reassigned to another front-office position, and his contract was terminated last week.

In addition to winning the Cup with Carolina, Brind'Amour also reached the final with Philadelphia in 1997 and Carolina in 2002.

Brind'Amour will be the Hurricanes' 14th head coach and fourth since Peter Laviolette led the franchise to its only Stanley Cup victory.


In his introductory press conference, Brind'Amour said it'll be his mission to get the Canes back to the summit.

The 47-year-old Brind'Amour has been an assistant with Carolina since 2011.

Additionally, the team announced that team president Don Waddell will take over as the full-time general manager after serving as the acting general manager.

After checking out the entire NHL landscape, new Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon surprised experts by revamping his hockey operation from within. Cystic Fibrosis Canada estimates that one in every 3,600 children born in this country has CF and more than 4,000 attend specialized CF clinics across the country. "We're going to demand more from our players, at the end of the day, and I think they want that". "I think there's more there".


Brind'Amour played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Hurricanes.

"I actually remember asking (then-GM Jim Rutherford) at the time, 'Hey, put me upstairs with you, ' and he kept pushing me down" toward a future in coaching, Brind'Amour said. "When I got down there (on the bench), it's the closest thing to playing", he said.

In between, Peters - who was hired by Francis in 2014 - exercised the out clause in his contract, saying the incoming general manager should be able to pick his own coach. But I felt like I could at least step up and see if it could happen.


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