RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame today announced that Rod Brind’Amour, a former Carolina Hurricanes player and currently an assistant coach with the team, has been selected for induction into the hall as a part of the 2016 class. He will be just the second hockey player inducted into the NCSHOF, after Ron Francis, currently the Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager, was selected for the honor in 2013. “It’s a nice honor, obviously Ron(Francis) set the table for hockey, he’s the first one in, and it’s nice to follow in his footsteps and we’re getting a little footprint in the state.” said Brind’Amour of his selection into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
After almost 20 seasons as a player, Brind’Amour, 45, retired on June 30, 2010. He was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, ninth overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, and finished his career ranked 16th in NHL history in games played(1,484), 44th in assists(732), 46th in points(1,184), and 54th in goals(452), during his 21 seasons with St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Carolina. He made his debut in the 1989 Stanley Cup Playoffs with St. Louis after spending only one season of college hockey with Michigan State, and scored his first NHL goal on his first shot against the Minnesota North Stars. Brind’Amour was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1990, after scoring 26 goals and earning 35 assists for 61 points in 19 games played with St. Louis and participated in the NHL All-Star Game in 1992 as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He represented his homeland of Canada in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and won the Frank J. Selke trophy in 2005-06 and again in 2006-07 as the top defensive forward in the NHL as a member of the Hurricanes.
Brind’Amour appeared in 159 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, totaling 111 points(51g, 60a), and participated in the Stanley Cup Final three times, reaching the final in 1997 with the Flyers and in 2002 and 2006 with the Hurricanes, where he captained the team to the Stanley Cup title in 2006, claiming North Carolina’s very first professional sports title.
Brind’Amour was acquired by Carolina from the Flyers on January 23rd, 2000, and he ranks second in career points for the Hurricanes since the relocation of the franchise in 1997, nothing 473 points in 694 games played. He also ranks second in assists(299), second in shorthanded goals(10), third in goals(174), and also third in power-play goals(60) in the team’s 18 seasons in North Carolina. Brind’Amour ranks third in franchise history(including its years in Hartford) in assists(299), fourth in points with 473 and fifth in games played(694).
Prior to the start of the 2005-06 season, Brind’Amour was named the team’s captain, and scored 31 goals and earned 39 assists(70 points) during that season to lead the team to a franchise-record 52 regular season wins, while his league-leading 12 playoff goals during the Hurricanes run to the Stanley Cup title also set a record for the team. “It’s a great honor. Anytime when you’re dealing with hockey players, it’s not an individual thing, and if it wasn’t for all of those people, I wouldn’t have any success or anything that has occurred in my career.”