The Carolina Hurricanes have named Rod Brind’Amour as their new head coach. The team made the announcement Tuesday.
The Hurricanes also named Don Waddell as president and general manager. He had been serving as the president of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment and was the interim general manager.
Brind’Amour is the latest piece of the puzzle for Carolina, with the club ousting Ron Francis as president of hockey operations. The 47-year-old fills the void left by Bill Peters, who opted out of the final year of his contract to join the Calgary Flames.
Tom Dundon purchased a majority stake in the franchise in January and has busy ever since.
“Rod is the greatest leader in the history of this franchise and has earned the opportunity to take charge of our locker room,” Waddell said. “We spoke to a number of candidates for this position, but our conversations with staff and players consistently returned to the same person. Rod’s fresh ideas, ability to motivate and understanding of what it takes to bring a championship to Raleigh will help our young team take the next step toward competing to bring the Cup back to North Carolina.”
Brind’Amour had an extensive NHL career, with 20 seasons spent with the Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues. He was the captain of Carolina for the Stanley Cup victory in 2006 and retired from the game in June of 2010 with 1,484 career games under his belt.
Brind’Amour was hired to be the Hurricanes’ assistant coach and development coach in June of 2011. He becomes the franchise’s 14th head coach.
Carolina went 36-35-11 this season, chalking up their ninth straight year without a playoff berth.